Emory College Summer Global Internship Program

Guaranteed Internships Placements
On-Site (9-week) in 12 Global Cities worldwide


  • Global experiential learning that connects students with guaranteed internship placements in global cities in the U.S. and overseas
  • Structured reflection though interdisciplinary coursework that focuses on cross-cultural competencies for the global workplace (LING 343, 4-credits)
  • Intentional framework that prepares students in translating their liberal arts majors to a variety of industry sectors

Summer 2021 Programs

The health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff remain a top priority and guide the university’s decision-making process. While we are optimistic summer plans will go forward, the decision to protect health and minimize risk may be necessary and affect in-person programming.

Information for Summer 2021 will be updated on our website in mid-January.

To learn more about the Global Internship Program, click on the tabs above.

Questions? We're happy to talk virtually! Email us at OISP.internships@emory.edu

The Emory College Summer Global Internship Program provides students with a comprehensive academic, professional and cultural experience.  Each participant will be placed in an internship that corresponds with the student's course of study, to ensure the quality and academic relevance of the placement.   Students complete an internship in a global city (35 hours per week for 8 weeks) while enrolling in an online course (4 Emory credits) during the summer term.

The Emory College Summer Global Internship Program enables students to:

  • Develop fluency in new linguistic, cultural and/or professional contexts
  • Adapt to workplace practices in a global city
  • Connect with international experts in their disciplines
  • Create a lifelong and global network of peers and mentors
  • Meet personal, academic and career goals
  • Earn Emory credit (4 credits)

Global Internships are available in key locations that offer a wide range of placement opportunities for arts and sciences majors. Students live in furnished student housing for the duration of the program.  Housing is located convenient to public transportation and includes access to laundry and WiFi. 

Internship Sites- Summer 2021 (pending final approval)


boston dublin
hong kong
madrid newyork
sanfran santiago
TokyoLocale.PNG toronto


HKStudents will be placed with companies including innovative start-ups, global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry and social sectors.  The internship placements are organized through program providers with extensive experience. 

Internship Placement Process

Prior to departure, students will complete a personalized process including individual pre-placement meetings, industry-specific resume review, interview coaching, and customized employer outreach.   Upon arrival, students will participate in on-site orientation that includes an introduction to local culture, transportation, health and safety protocol, and workplace cultural expectations.  Students will complete 35 hours per week at the internship site.  The program also includes discussion groups, cross-cultural activities, and events to integrate students into the city, local workforce, and the global internship cohort.

Sample Internship Placements

Anthropology/Visual Arts major
interns at art gallery in Toronto
Economics major
interns at a start-up consulting company in Hong Kong
Film Studies major
interns at marketing firm in Toronto
History/Media Studies major interns at digital ad agency in Hong Kong
Math/Computer Science major interns at research institute in Singapore
English/Political Science major
interns at women's NGO in Hong Kong

Industry Sectors

Communications, Media, Film & Web television, film, news, magazines, literary agencies, and web developers
Technology, Research & Science engineering, construction, IT firms, and pharmaceutical companies
Arts, Culture & History art galleries, cultural sites, auction houses, fashion labels, and museums
Politics, Law & NGOs legal departments, law firms, governmental agencies, and trade associations
Design architecture, interior, industrial, graphics
Economics, Accounting & Business investment banking, insurance, management consulting, and human resources
Community Service & Education schools, community organizations, and children's services
Hospitality and Travel airlines, hotels and tourist destinations

studentEMORY NEWS: "Online course connects Emory students in global internships"

Students will enroll in one Linguistics seminar course (LING 343:Intercultural Discourse for Internships) which will be taught online during the internship placement (4 Emory credits).

This course introduces students to studies in intercultural communication, occupational sociology, and professional discourse. Using various methods, such as ethnography and linguistic landscape, you will examine both your host city and your internship organization as field sites. You will learn to observe, analyze, and question language use and cultural norms, as well as professional expectations. Moreover, through this course, you will be able to share and reflect upon your and your peers’ developing identities as global citizens; students from several work sites will have the opportunity to discuss and compare all stages of the internship experience. Additionally, a goal of this course is to give you the ability to connect your internship experience directly to your liberal arts education.

As with other Emory online courses, students will learn from both posted materials, including multimedia lectures and readings, as well as from online, live, group discussions where students from several sites will have the opportunity to discuss and compare all stages of the internship experience.  Students will also complete practical exercises, writing assignments, and projects, and will be guided through all stages of the internship experience.



  • January 2021: Applications open for Summer 2021 Global Internships
  • Rolling Admissions
    • Applications are competitive and will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.
  • Late February 2021: Application deadline
  • February 2021-May 2021: Internship Placement Process

To apply, click APPLY NOW on the program brochure of the internship location.

Program Dates:

Mid-May to Early-August, 2021 (see program locations for exact dates).  Internships are 9-weeks (35 hours per week) plus additional days included for orientation and on-boarding.

Eligibility Requirements: 

The program will be open to all majors within Emory College who meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be in good academic standing and remain in good academic standing
  • Be a rising junior or senior (have completed a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level work, which must have been completed in residence on a college and/or university campus)
  • Enroll full-time at Emory (or accredited institution for visiting students) the semester prior to the study abroad term
  • Emory international students on an F-1 visa who intern in the US must have declared a major in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduating seniors may also apply if they defer graduation to August 2020
  • Additional pre-requisites apply for the following global cities: Berlin, MadridParis, Santiago and Tokyo.
  • No prior internship experience required

Program Costs: 

A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets for each internship site.

Global Internships Policies

Academic Course Registration

Students enrolled in the Emory College Global Internship Program will be enrolled in an online course LING 343 Intercultural Discourse (4-credits).  Students must take the course for a letter grade.  Students will complete a weekly synchronous session (1.5 hours per week) at a designated time.  The internship hours will be structured to enable students to have time set aside for the online session.  The course counts towards the total required graduation credits. The course posted on the Emory transcript and the course grade is factored into the student's overall GPA.

Emory Summer School (on-campus) and Emory College Online

Students may not take additional online courses while participating on the Emory College Summer Global Internship Program.  They may enroll in  Emory Summer Schooll (on-campus) courses either prior to departure or when they return, as long as the dates do not conflict with Global Internships.

OPUS Registration

Students on the Emory College Summer Global Internship Program remain fully registered at Emory, and credits and grades earned on the program is granted on the same basis as those obtained on campus. All registration is handled by the Office of International and Summer Programs (OISP) -- students do not register for the online course.

Add/drop/swap is not offered as part of this program.

Students’ registration for the program and their participation in the program are contingent upon satisfying all financial obligations.  Any prior term balance must be paid in full before payments will be applied to the OISP program tuition and fees.  Payment is due by the payment deadline.  Failure to meet the payment deadline will result in cancellation of students’ enrollment in the program.  Students may view their account on OPUS, or if they have any questions about account balance, they can contact the Office of Student Financial Services.

Cost and Refund Policy

If a student needs to cancel his/her application for any reason, the student must do so in writing (an email from the student’s Emory email account will suffice) no later than March 15.

In all cases, once a student is in the Final Acceptance status, the $350 deposit is non-refundable.

Date Canceled and Penalty

The online course generally starts approximately one week prior to the on-site arrival date of the program.  For the purposes of the refund policy, the Program Start Date is defined as the first synchronous session of the online course.  The Program End Date is defined as the final day on-site of the program. 

  • On or before March 15: Forfeit of the deposit only ($350).
  • March 16 to March 31: Forfeit of the deposit ($350) and $500.
  • April 1 to Program Start Date: Forfeit of the deposit ($350), $500 and any non-recoverable expenses (costs incurred or committed on behalf of the student) that may range up to 100% of the program fee.
  • After Program Start Date: Forfeit of the deposit ($350), $500 and any non-recoverable expenses (costs incurred or committed on behalf of the student) that may range up to 100% of the program fee; Tuition refund based upon the Emory College Summer School Tuition Refund Schedule (Please contact OISP for details.)

In addition, OISP reserves the right to charge for any unrecoverable* costs already paid on the student’s behalf by the program that are above and beyond the forfeited program fee.

* Emory University and OISP must often undertake substantial financial commitments on behalf of students prior to the beginning of a program. Even if students have not yet paid the full program balance, they are obligated to pay for any unrecoverable expenses incurred on their behalf. Unrecoverable costs may include expenses for both individual and group services.

If students choose not to participate in a program activity, either mandatory or not mandatory, (such as a field trip, excursion, cultural event, meal, etc.), they will not be refunded any portion of the cost of the program.

If students are dismissed from the program, they will receive no refund.

videoGlobal Internship Advising

Schedule a virtual advising session by emailing OISP.internships@emory.edu


Dana Tottenham (Last Names A-C)
Senior Associate Director, Global Internships
Email: dtotten@emory.edu | Tel: 404-727-9009

Cliff Chan (Last Names D-Z)
Program Coordinator, Global Internships
Email: cliff.chan@emory.edu | Tel: 404-727-2240

Emergency Contact
For students on a program with an emergency after office hours, please call the Emory Police Department and a staff member will be paged: Tel: 404-727-6111

About Global Internships

The Emory College Summer Global Internship Program seeks to expand undergraduate opportunities for global experiential learning through credit-based internships abroad.  The program aims to:

  • Expand study abroad for Emory College undergraduates through credit-based internships in fields that align with students’ major or minor disciplines and professional goals.
  • Promote opportunities for global experiential learning that enhances cultural engagement and connections with the classroom. 
  • Utilize the innovative Emory College Online initiative to offer courses designed to contextualize credit-based internships within the framework of cross-cultural communication, local cultures, ethical engagement, globalization and identity formation.

A credit-based internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Credit-based internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields in which they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.  Through credit-based internships, students will process new academic content with guided coursework and use the on-site experience at the internship placement as the field site or lab to test new theories and knowledge. 
*Definition adapted from National Associations of Colleges and Employers (NACE): http://www.naceweb.org/advocacy/position-statements/united-states-internships.aspx