Virtual Global Internships

Virtual Global Internships

The Office of International Studies & Programs excited to announce our new virtual internships opportunties!

We are now working with a diverse group of organizations than offer you a unique opportunity to gain global professional experience, boost your career profile, build an international professional network, and expand your skill set by interning with a company based overseas – while staying local.  Awareness and knowledge of global issues, however, are no longer optional. Employers expect employees to be:

  • Savvy global thinkers
  • Cross-culturally competent
  • Skilled in using diverse resources and approaches to enhance productivity


These are project-based internships, with semester-long and short-term placements. Virtual Internships can be completed for academic credits or as a co-curricular activity for no credit.  Students, generally, receive 3-4 credits of per virtual internship experience.  It is required to have completed your first year and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to apply, though internship providers have their own GPA requirements.

While John Jay College and CUNY study-abroad programs are still on hiatus through the spring 2021 semester due to global pandemic, students may wish to take advantage of virtual global opportunities – starting in January 2021. Below are some program options. (Check back on this site, as more virtual offerings are being developed)

How it works:

  • You must meet with an adviser before starting the application process.
  • All course and internship fees are paid directly to the partner providers listed below.
  • There are no additional fees billed for such opportunities.
  • These courses have already been vetted by the OISP.  If you opt for credit through a virtual internship, it can be applied to major, minor, or general-education requirements.  The credit can count as an elective, as well.
  • Remember: These are virtual courses; there is no travel associated with any of these programs.
  • Contact the OISP with any questions at


Internships through partners are offered in locally and globally on virtual platforms this coming spring and summer 2021:

Virtual Internship Providers & Placements

Planning for your Virtual Internship

Before you begin your virtual experience search, consider:

Career Interests: Determine an industry or area in which you would like to explore and gain skills. Choose 2-3 of your top career interests before beginning your search.

Motivation and Goals: Why are you interested in a virtual experience? What goals do you have to participate in an experience? Asking yourself these questions can help you find an experience that is best for you.

Readiness: Consider the most logical timeframe to have a virtual experience. Remember your time commitments based on the number of courses you’re taking, student organization commitments, other jobs and your personal life. Also, have your resume updated and ready to apply to positions.

Schedule an appointment with an OISP adviser to further discuss your readiness and have your resume reviewed.

When conducting your job search, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is it relevant? Internships should be closely related to your career goals. Carefully read the job description to determine if the job duties are related to your interests.
  2. Do my skills match the requirements? Consider the skills and knowledge you have gained through experiences such as academic courses, summer jobs, student organization involvement and leadership.
  3. What is the employer offering financially? Determine if the position is paid or unpaid. Some employers may assist you with the costs associated with internet and personal computer usage.
  4. What is the employer offering professionally? Consider the type of company you want to work for and how their values align with your own. Choose an opportunity that you feel will provide you with the greatest overall experience.
  5. Can I earn credit? Meet with your academic advisor to discuss opportunities to earn academic credits for your internship. Some degrees have internship requirements, so be sure you know what those requirements are. Even if you do not earn credit, you should still participate in an internship!
  6. Is this too good to be real? Be aware of fraudulent jobs. Review our Scam Job Posting Guide o learn more on how to protect yourself from scams.


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