Virtual Student Experiences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.