Virtual Student Experiences
- Lindsey, Global and International Studies, United Nations Association, Canada
I had the unique privilege of satisfying my International Experience Requirement (IER) for my undergraduate degree via the International Internship Program offered through Career Services. As a Junior Project Intern for the International Development and Diplomacy Internship Program (IDDIP) at the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC), I adored it and felt extremely well-supported. I can definitely say, without a doubt, that I would not change anything and would complete this experience all over again if I could! This experience has provided me with an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and apply my knowledge and skills. I enhanced my time management, communication, and resiliency skills in the professional world – I am beyond grateful and humbled for this opportunity.
- Rachel, Global and International Studies, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC), Caribbean
Hi Ravens! My name is Rachel and I participated in a 8-week virtual internship experience over the winter term! My virtual internship placement was with an NGO, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC). This experience truly provided me with valuable transferrable skills for my future career and further academic endeavours. I am currently in my final year of Global and International Studies, specializing in Global Development. The opportunity to work with EPIC paired with my locational interests (the Caribbean), and my prior knowledge of sustainable development, made this a perfect fit for me. EPIC provided me with the opportunity to conduct research on Caribbean islands as well as support the organization in outreach. This was a chance for me to experience how NGO’s operate both on the ground as well as in a remote manner. At first, I was hesitant to complete my International Experience Requirement virtually however, after looking beyond the virtual approach, I truly had the opportunity to participate in a rewarding and engaging experience. The meaningful connections has enabled me to continue working with EPIC throughout the summer term. If any student is considering, I highly encourage a virtual internship experience!
- Gosia, Global and International Studies, The Intern Group, Japan
Hi everyone! My name is Gosia and I participated in an 8-week virtual internship experience with YouMeWe, a Non-Profit Organization based in Japan. As an international student, I wanted to prioritize gaining work experience to add to my resume. Given the last two years and the Pandemic, I was aware of the challenges I may face in gaining meaningful work experience. The Virtual International Internship Program allowed me to extend my connections as well as gain experience in my career field of choice. This was a financially accessible option for me as I was able to complete a full academic course load as well as participate in the virtual internship experience. This internship has been a highlight of my year and one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had!
- Rachael, Global and International Studies, Global Experiences, Nepal
Participating in the virtual international internship experience has been extremely valuable as an undergraduate student; one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional endeavors thus far. Through the International Internship Program at Carleton, I had the pleasure to virtually intern with the Shamrock School in Nepal. With the continuous support and engagement from the staff and students at Shamrock, I have been able to further expand my knowledge of fundraising initiatives to provide the school with the resources they need to support its students and introduce the school to new audiences. This experience also enabled my communication skills – working and teaching in a different environment and addressing communication barriers. Thus far, the knowledge and experience I have gained through this experience and the team at my placement is remarkable and will remain close to my heart both professionally and personally. Further, the financial support I have received from the Global Skills Opportunity Bursary has been extremely helpful with my internship experience. As a low-income student, the bursary allowed me to enjoy and learn as much as I can through this experience without having to worry as much about the cost of living and any other unexpected costs that occurred. I would highly recommend this program to students considering participating!
- Margaret, Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science, Trade2Farm, Ireland
As a student who is always actively seeking experiential learning opportunities, the International Internship Program was the right fit for me! As I am nearing the completion of my undergraduate degree, I am still finding myself unsure of the specific area of Environmental Science I am interested in pursuing after graduation. The virtual internship experience was an opportunity for me to further explore the career fields offered in Environmental Science. My virtual internship placement is with Trade2Farm, an agricultural start-up based in Dublin, Ireland, which hopes to revolutionize the livestock trading industry by encouraging farmers to make more sustainable choices and giving consumers the ability to purchase products directly from farmers through a smartphone application. I never expected to find myself in the field of agriculture, but I am truly so grateful for this experience! I would highly encourage all undergraduate students to partake in this opportunity and gain experience in their career field prior to graduating.
- Alexa, Global and International Studies, United Nations Association, Canada
Over the course of the fall 2021 term, I had the pleasure of serving as a Junior Project Officer for the United Nations Association in Canada. Offered jointly by UNA-Canada and Carleton University, I gained valuable skills in a professional environment at the job of my dreams! I felt like a valuable member of the team, contributing to high-level briefs that were ultimately presented to the CEO and CFO, creating video and marketing assets that have been posted to the organization’s website, as well as assisting in the recruitment of future interns. I would absolutely recommend an international internship to any student looking to gain insight into a professional environment in line with their career goals. I could not have asked for a better placement, and I am thrilled to be continuing my work with UNA-Canada as an official staff member in the new year!
- Rebecca, Cognitive Science, Virtual Internships, France
Hey Ravens! My name is Rebecca Valade and I am heading into my 4th year of Cognitive Science with a concentration in the Biological Foundations of Cognition. This past fall term, I participated in the Virtual International Internship Program! I was partnered with Virtual Internships where I had the opportunity to virtually intern at GAOMA Therapeutics – a pharmaceutical lab located in Lyon, France! This internship was an extremely rewarding opportunity; I was able to apply the knowledge I gained from the courses I have taken throughout my studies and gain real-world work experience. My role and responsibilities were largely focused on researching a clinical 360° view on schizophrenia and depression in a pharmacological context. This was my favourite part of my internship experience as I always wanted to learn more about these neurological conditions.
I have learned so much about research in the neuroscience field and also had the opportunity to write a professional scientific paper which was a great advantage as a current undergraduate student. I never thought I would enjoy neuroscience research, but this internship helped discover my passion! I will forever cherish this experience and I would 100% recommend the International Internship Program to all students.
- Emma, Global and International Studies, International Studies Abroad, Australia
Hi everyone! My name is Emma and I completed a 16-week virtual internship in the fall semester with Seven Women in partnership with International Studies Abroad (ISA).
This internship experience allowed me to gain valuable experiences towards my degree and gave me knowledge on what to expect in the workplace with my Global and International Studies Degree. In addition, through specializing in Global Development, this internship showed me what it was like to run an NGO and support women in Nepal. I was very fortunate to work with a fantastic group of women through my 16 weeks. They were always willing to answer any questions and help me with any tasks I didn’t understand or needed support.
Due to the virtual nature of this internship, there were challenges; the Seven Women NGO is based in Australia, which came with a significant time zone difference that often affected my working hours and times for meetings. However, this allowed me to improve many more skills such as time management and organization in a different way, which I would not have been able to do if it was in person. I am incredibly grateful for this experience and seeing how remote work is becoming more critical in this COVID-19 pandemic.
I would highly recommend the International Internship Program to anyone who wants a challenge and improve many different skills that they may not have had the opportunity to improve on before!
- Irbaz, Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry, CRCC Asia, Germany
Participating in the International Internship Program this past summer term helped me immensely in building my resume and adding to my professional experiences. During my internship placement, I had the opportunity to work directly with the CEO of OakLabs, a German biotechnology company. In my role, I conducted research on biomarkers and ELISA assays working directly with my supervisor. Although my time with the company was exclusively virtual, I saw this as a bonus as I was operating off of bi-weekly check-ins and could do all the research I needed through the comfort of my home.
Through this program, I was able to not only improve my research and analytical skills, stack my resume, work under some of the world’s most brilliant minds, but also had the opportunity to network with numerous multinational companies and secure job offers for after I graduate from Carleton University. All in all, I would definitely recommend this experience and the International Internship Program to all students looking to further their career options.
- Jaclyn, Transnational Law & Human Rights, Emzingo, South Africa
The International Internship Program has allowed me to gain real-world work experience that directly relates to my academic studies. My internship placement was with a non-profit called the Rare Bear Project based in Johannesburg, South Africa. This organization primarily focuses on empowering pediatric patients and employing women living in nearby communities in Johannesburg.
I sincerely found this placement to be a wonderful opportunity to further explore my career interests while allowing me to further contribute to an area that I am personally, very passionate about. I would highly recommend the International Internship Program as it has allowed me to feel more confident in my career trajectory and area of study.
- Katie, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Global Career Centre, India
The Carleton Virtual International Internship Program was one of the most valuable experiences of my university career so far. This program gave me the opportunity to gain the necessary skills that will be beneficial in both my professional career and personal life. My role as a virtual intern was very rewarding and I would highly recommend every student to participate in this program and experience a whole new perspective and professional environment, people, languages, culture, food, and so much more!
- Amy, Global and International Studies, Global Career Centre, England
Hi Ravens! My name is Amy and I completed a 10-week virtual internship this summer with One Young World, in partnership with the Global Career Centre.
Participating in a virtual international internship was an eye-opener to the type of work I can potentially expect once I graduate from my Bachelor of Global and International Studies degree at Carleton. I was able to explore the kinds of work that interest me through working with an internationally focused charity organization. I was fortunate to be working closely with knowledgeable coworkers on a close-knit team and was able to build and expand my skills and knowledge through professional development opportunities.
Completing a virtual internship provides an additional challenge as you are unable to interact with your coworkers in-person and visit the location of your international internship. That being said, I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to complete a virtual work experience as we now see how remote work opportunities are becoming more prevalent. I now feel ready to tackle a variety of potential workplace situations with confidence.
I highly recommend the International Internship Program to any student interested in participating and building practical skills, gaining experience in their field (or a field you might not have thought of!) and expanding their network.
- Emily, Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies and English, Global Experiences, England
Hi Ravens! My name is Emily and I participated in the Virtual Edition of the International Internship Program this summer term! I was partnered with Global Experiences where my host company was based in England. Heading into this virtual internship, I was hoping to gain work experience in professional writing and editing. My internship position gave me this and so much more! Part of my role, I conducted research, wrote and edited online articles and website content surrounding issues of online safety.
My colleagues were warm and welcoming and kept me involved in all aspects of marketing, social media and content production meetings. Through this, I was able to collaborate with and learn from individuals passionate about these areas. The connections and skills developed through this experience have propelled me forward and enriched my university experience. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity and would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested!
- Benji, Global and International Studies & Communications and Media Studies, Global Experiences, Spain
Hey there! My name is Benji Raskin and I’m currently going into my fourth year here at Carleton in the BGInS program specializing in Communications and Media. This past fall I had the chance to complete my IER with Global Experiences and intern for a small business based in Spain!
This year I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside my supervisor Helga Oddsdóttir, the founder and artistic manager of Nú Ninja. Nú Ninja is a Barcelona based platform for contemporary art from the Nordic countries. It was my job to help build the company’s brand online, this included website building, creating digital content, and writing articles!
Before starting with Helga in February I was very nervous as to how this internship would turn out. However, those nerves quickly turned into excitement as I continued to see rising success for the company. I am thankful for such a great hiring experience through Carleton and Global Experiences for finding me an internship that truly was a perfect fit for me. I am even continuing to work alongside Helga for the summer and can’t wait to see what else Nú Ninja has to bring! What an amazing work experience I would highly recommend.
- Emeline, Architecture, The Intern Group, Spain
Hi Ravens! My name is Emeline Auguste and I completed a virtual international internship from February to August, 2021 with The Intern Group. This was such a rewarding experience and I am truly grateful for having this opportunity. I was partnered with The BIM Academy, a company based in Spain.
Applying for the International Internship Program in the fall term turned out to be the best decision I have made in my academic, personal, and professional life! As an architectural student, I always felt there were limited career opportunities available to me; this internship truly provided me with alternatives and even options to what I never would have considered otherwise.
Thus far, I have gained a fair bit of knowledge and an immeasurable experience! I am extremely grateful for having applied to the International Internship Program offered by Career Services. Not only was I immersed in a new environment but I was challenged and provided with options as to what I may consider next in my career. This has provided me with the necessary experience to feel comfortable in deviating from what may be seen as traditional career paths for a student in architectural studies.
Lastly, this opportunity has allowed me to meet people from all over the world who have also completed internships and we have been connecting and keeping in touch. This is an excellent program and I would highly recommend this to anyone interested.
- Steffy, Global and International Studies, Global Experiences, Italy
It has been one year since my international internship experience and to this day, it has been one of the most remarkable endeavors within my professional career thus far. Through the International Internship Program offered by Career Services, I had the opportunity to virtually intern with Still I Rise, an international NGO based out of Rome, Italy. Through the ongoing support, collaboration, engagement, and challenges, I was able to gain experience within the development of strategic communication. This experience further enabled me to develop my project management and stakeholder relationship skills which has been extremely beneficial for my ongoing professional development. The Virtual International Internship Program delivers to students who are specifically looking to gain knowledgeable, practical, and insightful skills within a professional environment that will be suitable for future career goals. The training, knowledge, and experience that I received both through my internship placement and from my team have been remarkable. This is a program I highly recommend as I can guarantee students will find it truly rewarding!
- Saphiya-inaara, Global and International Studies, the Nation Ismaili Education Board of Afghanistan
Hi, my name is Saphiya-inaara! This past fall, I was given the chance to complete my virtual international internship with the English Language Connections program. I was partnered with the Nation Ismaili Education Board of Afghanistan between September 2020 and June 2021.
I hadn’t expected to gain as much experience or knowledge working virtually within this internship, but so far, it’s completely proven me wrong. It’s given me more experience than any job I could’ve ever had.
Completing this internship has truly provided me the space to grow my skills in becoming more resourceful, concerning the use of technology, enhancing my time management, and furthering my leadership and public speaking skills. This internship virtually was a new experience and has allowed me the experience of diverse work atmosphere and unique situations. My work is very rewarding, and I continue to create better connections every class I teach! Taking the opportunity to complete an internship, whether it be virtual or not, is a great stepping stone for your future.
- Inaara, Global and International Studies, United Nations Association, Canada
Through the International Internship Program offered by Career Services, I had the opportunity to virtually intern at the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) and gain experience in the development of an entrepreneurial youth-focused programme that serves multi-barriered youth across Canada. Through this experience, I was able to develop my project management and stakeholder relationship skills which has been extremely rewarding for my professional development. This experience has led me into accepting a full-time position as a Project Officer with the UNA-Canada. I am grateful to the International Internship Program team for supporting me through this experience.
- Jenna, Law and Legal Studies, CRCC Asia, China
Hi there! My name is Jenna, and I am a third-year Law and Legal Studies student. During the fall of 2020, Carleton’s International Internship Program helped partner me with CRCC Asia, and I had the amazing opportunity to intern with a law firm based in Beijing, China.
I interned with Rouse, a Chinese-based intellectual property law consulting firm, and I worked in developing internal training materials to help promote the idea of being “professionally kind” in the workplace. I also assisted in researching different areas of intellectual property law, such as the new formats of e-commerce platforms in China and some of the challenges posed due to these new platforms.
I am so thankful that I decided to apply for Carleton’s International Internship Program. I would have never developed a passion for this kind of law without it. Since it was a virtual internship, I didn’t get the opportunity to travel to China and be emerged in the company’s operations. However, I still believe that I developed invaluable skills because of this internship. I learned the importance of time management, mainly due to the 12-hour time difference between my supervisor and me. I also learned flexibility, as it is an essential skill for both in-person work and remote work. I will forever cherish the connections I’ve made and the experiences I’ve had.
- Inaara, Global and International Studies, Global Experiences, Cuala Foundation
My name is Inaara Jivraj and I am a 4th year BGINS student specializing in Globalization, Culture and Power. in the Fall 2020 term, I participated in the virtual International Internships Program with Global Experiences, and it was one of the best decisions for me to ever make! I interned with an international NGO for 10 weeks!
During these unprecedented times, there were many moments when I questioned what exactly I was going to do with my time. I quickly realized that a virtual internship would not only be an amazing way to gain professional skills during this time but a super fun way to network with individuals in my field all over the world. I found that many employers need individuals that are able to adapt to the current situation, and having the experience of a virtual internship on your resume is a great way to show that.
With my position I was given the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals and increase my knowledge of the non-profit sector while developing my interpersonal skills. I had the opportunity to aid the program team by creating frameworks and procedures to implement in our agendas!
The connections that I have made with my employer and co-workers were amazing! I plan to visit the organization based in New York City in the future!
- Julia, Anthropology and Art History, Global Experiences, Spain
Hi, my name is Julia! During the summer of 2020, Carleton’s Virtual International Internship Program helped me partner with Global Experience which provided me with the opportunity to gain valuable international work experience during a time in which this would have been otherwise difficult.
The 10-week internship proved better than I could have hoped. I received a placement working as an illustrator for a small artistically driven business in Barcelona. Throughout the summer I was able to build strong professional relationships and gain many skills related to networking and working in a different cultural environment. There were many people at Carleton, both other student interns and employees, who were supportive, encouraging, and very helpful throughout the experience. I would strongly recommend this program to any student in search of valuable work experience and international professional connections.
- Stephanie, Communications & Media Studies and Film Studies, Global Experiences, England
I completed an internship with Colour Me Social, a social media agency based in England. I managed their social media, created a rebranding strategy for Colour Me Social and remade the promo video that is featured on their new website.
Doing this experience virtually was disappointing at first, but it allowed me to gain knowledge on how to work effectively in a team from home, and have a flexible schedule that helped me to maintain good physical and mental health during these difficult times.
Learn more by watching a YouTube video Stephanie made about her experience working with Colour Me Social.
- Dana, Global and International Studies, Emzingo, Peru
¡Hola! My name is Dana and I am a third year BGInS student. Summer 2020 created an opportunity for me to complete my International Experience Requirement (IER) virtually.
In the beginning, I was disappointed to have missed out on the travel experience and had some doubts that I would still have an impactful experience. By the end of my orientation week I had a notebook full of personal and professional skills!
The journey was one of great discovery; since day one, my cohorts and I learned about Peruvian culture and its history. We learned about design thinking and prototyping, but most of all I learned a lot about ourselves. One session in particular helped me understand the importance of setting expectations, how to set them in a healthy way, and how the mind uses memories to anticipate these expectations.
Finally, the connection I built with my mentors will last me a lifetime. I have plans to travel to Peru in the near future to visit them and hopefully work in their shadow towards socially and environmentally sustainable solutions.
- Joseph, Global and International Studies, Emzingo, Peru
While on an internship as a Social Impact Consultant in Peru, Joseph had the opportunity to hike the Inca Trail and capture this amazing photo with the peak of Machu Picchu in the background.
- Cara, Global and International Studies, Uniterra, Peru
While on an internship with Uniterra in Peru, Cara had the opportunity to meet with local cocoa farmers to inform them about upcoming workshops and events offered through her placement organization. The workshops were to inform local farmers on ways to improve their quality and production.
- Aynsley, Global and International Studies, The Intern Group, Spain
While completing an internship at a social entrepreneurship organization in Madrid Spain, Aynsley had the opportunity to make a quick weekend trip to Seville. The photo above was taken at the famous Plaza de Espana.
- Isobel, Global and International Studies, Global Experiences, Costa Rica
While on an internship in Costa Rica, Isobel had the opportunity to participate in the San Jose Pride Parade.
- Melissa, Law and Legal Studies, The Intern Group, Ireland
While interning at a law firm in Dublin, Melissa was able to visit the beautiful Irish coast.
- Sydney, Global and International Studies, Uniterra, Guatemala
While interning as an Entrepreneurship Officer in Guatemala, Sydney had the unique opportunity to roast marshmallows over the hot volcanic rocks after hiking to the top of Volcan Pacaya.
- Utibeabasi, Political Science and International Relations, Global Experiences, USA
Utibeabasi visited the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City while on her internship through Global Experiences. She was working with a non-profit organization that encourages women of colour to get more involved within the political sphere in the US.
- Sarah, Global and International Studies, Uniterra, Vietnam
As a Soft Skills Training Officer with Uniterra, Sarah had the opportunity to take part in a cultural exchange program with the Hue Tourism College and their partner college in Thailand. While there, Sarah learned both Thai and Vietnamese style dances with locals.
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BGInS student, Sahana, experienced the monsoon rains in Mumbai, India, while on an internship as a Legal Intern with the Academic Internship Council.
- Katie, Psychology, Global Experiences, United Kingdom
Katie visited the populated Tower Bridge while on her internship in London with Global Experiences. Katie interned with an organization supporting well-being and mental health services in London.