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Internships Abroad

Many careers today involve collaboration with colleagues or teams from around the world, and international internships provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world work experience in an intercultural setting.

Benefits of international internships through CGIS:

  • Develop professional skills: communication, leadership, appreciation for diversity and cultural differences, and confidence
  • Experience concepts from classes concretely first-hand 
  • Earn academic credit through a supportive internship seminar
  • Enhance your language learning
  • Use experience to obtain future jobs
  • Receive support throughout your experience from CGIS and on-site partners

Students on internships through CGIS will typically spend 20 hours per week at their placement for at least eight weeks working in a carefully vetted professional placement and earn academic credit for participating in an internship seminar that contextualizes the local work culture, explores differences between it and the American workplace culture, and helps develop the skills necessary to work most effectively across cultural differences.

Explore your options:

Scholarships and Funding:

There are a variety of sources for different funding options available to students. We encourage students to check with their department, explore offerings from the International Institute, and review CGIS's Additional Scholarships page for more information. Please note that some funding opportunities are open to all U-M students, while others specify criteria that limit eligibility.