Global Internship Program

Virtual Internships

  • Dates

    Virtual Internship: June 26 – August 18, 2023

    Online Courses: June 26 – September 1, 2023

  • Locations


  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): $2,411

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): $3,527

    *Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. Click here for full fee disclaimer.

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The new workforce is both virtual and global! The UCLA Global Internship provides you an opportunity to intern at a company or organization abroad from the comfortable confines of your own home! With project based work, you will have the ability to make an impact at your internship site, while gaining remote work experience and preparing yourself for the 21st century job market. Virtual internships provide a more economical price point, a flexible schedule, and are not dependent on travel advisories or a students ability to travel.

Virtual internships are offered for the following internship tracks: Education, Engineering, Global Affairs, Political Science, and Public Affairs.

Virtual internships are offered worldwide. You are allowed to put a preference for location, but placements are generally done with your career in mind first and location second.

*Please note the following on Education placements:

  • Education majors/minors are only eligible for virtual internships in Colombia and South Africa, due to the specialized internship placements offered.

For my company in particular, although they were based in Japan, the team was made up of individuals from many other countries as well. It was interesting to see how a team made up of people from different countries was able to provide many unique perspectives that could be used to elicit the best possible results.

Isabelle LopezVirtual Engineering Internship: Tokyo, Japan

My participation in the UCLA Global Internship program not only taught me the critical peacebuilding initiatives to combat armed conflict and violence in Colombia but also develop profound intercultural communication skills through class and peer discussions.

Shannon CourtneyVirtual Global Affairs Internship: Bogota, Colombia

My favorite part of the program was the internship itself together with the partnered courses. They really embody the full package and give you a holistic experience as a student and intern!

Wudia KamaraVirtual Global Affairs Internship: Berlin, Germany

I am eager to use the skills I have acquired through this internship in my future career to help further the projects and initiatives of other internationally-based non-profits through increasing their funding through new sources.

Olivia NelliVirtual Public Affairs Internship: Bogota, Colombia

Application Timeline

Application Opens:  October 24, 2022

Application Closes:  December 4, 2022

Final Payment Deadline: February 10, 2023

Cancellation Deadline: February 15, 2023

Please do not enroll in a Global Internship Program unless you are sure you intend to participate. Remember that your deposit is nonrefundable. See our Cancellation Policy. The cancellation deadline is February 15, 2023 at 11:59PM. Paid program fees (minus $300 nonrefundable deposit) are refundable until February 15, 2023 at 11:59PM.

Eligibility, Selection and Placement Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • UCLA Undergraduate student
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2023
    • Units can include transfer credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good academic standing
  • For Education Students only – Completion of EDUC 180 by end of Spring 2023
  • Additionally eligibility requirements depending on program may apply

Selection Process

Students who apply that meet the eligibility criteria will conduct an advising call with our in country partners. Through this advising call, our partners will learn more about each applicant’s qualifications, experience and career goals. The call will help our partners determine whether the applicant is a good match for available internship opportunities in their region. After the call is completed, the local partners and UCLA will decide whether to offer the applicant acceptance into the Virtual Global Internship Program based on their qualifications and the pool of applicants.

Acceptance Decisions

Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions is early January.

Placement Process 

Students selected for a virtual internship program will need to place their program deposit first, in order to be officially enrolled in the program. After enrolling in the program, a placement coordinator from one of our onsite partners will work with each student one-on-one to find the best internship match. Internship placements are customized to a students’ personal and career goals, interests and experience. Internship placement is guaranteed for accepted applicants as long as they follow appropriate steps and deadlines. Students will intern approximately 20-to-30 hours per week at their virtual internship placement.


The Global Internship Program provides all participants with meaningful internship placement opportunities. Students must be realistic, however, about the level of their internship placement. Students with limited or no work experience, limited leadership or volunteer experience, no specialization courses completed, or other kinds of related activities, will be placed in an entry-level position in their requested industry.

Documents to Prepare for Your Application


As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a current copy of your resume. Please take time to appropriately format and spell check your resume before submitting. For assistance with your resume, you can use the VMock tool provided by the UCLA Career Center.

Motivation to Enroll Questionnaire 

As part of your application process you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Responses should be well thought out and demonstrate why you are a strong candidate for the Global Internship Program. It’s highly encouraged to prepare your responses in advance on a Word document and then copy and paste to the application once you apply. The maximum word count for each short-answer response is 125 words. Please see the questions below to assist you in preparing your answers.

  • Personal Introduction: Please give some  general background on yourself and why you are interested in participating in the Global Internship Program? (125 word maximum)
  • Location of Interest: What makes you interested in conducting a virtual internship? (125 word maximum)
  • Career Goals: Within your career field, which specific sector are you interested in working in and what do you hope to gain from this global internship experience? How will this experience assist you toward reaching your career goals? (125 word maximum)
  • Why should you be selected? What do you think makes you stand out as a strong candidate for the Global Internship Program? Why should you be selected for the program? (125 word maximum)

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UCLA Undergrads (4-Units)  UCLA Undergrads (8-Units)
Program Fee $2,411 $3,527
IEI Fee $61 $61

*Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. Click here for full fee disclaimer.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Global Internship Programs is available to qualified UCLA students. Students must be enrolled in a total of 8 units (2 courses) to be eligible for financial aid. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

Internship Hours

Internship Hours: Students completing a virtual internship will intern 20-to-30 hours per week. Total weekly work hours will depend on the specific internship site needs.

Program Inclusions

Our partners will work to provide a great experiences for all virtual internship participants. The program includes:

  • Personalized internship placement process.
  • Full-time 8 week virtual internship placement (20-to-30 hours per week).
  • Weekly check-ins with a dedicated Program Experience Manager.
  • Assigned Internship Coach to complete midpoint and end of program coaching calls with the delivery of Global Career Management Plan (GCMP) and Global Employability Certificate.
  • Access to the CareerBridge global internship curriculum, which walks students through resume creation, interview prep, time management, remote work and more.
  • Weekly group discussions or business webinars covering a range of topical themes.
  • Internship support and mentoring as needed throughout the internship provided by internship supervisor and staff.

Curriculum and Placements

Career Sector Courses Placement Areas

*Virtual Internship only for Colombia and South Africa.

  • EDUC 195 – 4 units (mandatory; Prerequisite EDUC 180)
  • CESC 130 – 4 units (optional)
  • Human Rights
  • Law
  • NGO’s
  • Non-Profits
  • ENGR 195 – 4 units (mandatory)
  • CESC 130 – 4 units (optional)
  • Computer Science
  • Design Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Technical Engineering
Global Affairs
  • I A STD 195CE – 4 units (mandatory)
  • CESC 130 – 4 units  (optional)
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Economics
  • Global Health
  • Government and Politics
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profits
  • Social Work
  • Think Tanks
Political Science
  • POL SCI 195CE – 4 units (mandatory)
  • CESC 130 – 4 units (optional)
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Economics
  • Government and Politics
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profits
  • Social Work
  • Think Tanks
Public Affairs
  • PUB AFF 195CE – 4 units  (mandatory)
  • CESC 130 – 4 units (optional)
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Economics
  • Global Health
  • Government and Politics
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profits
  • Social Work
  • Think Tanks

*Actual placement will be determined by host company availability, as well as student skills and experience.