International Internship Information
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Top 10 Reasons to Invest in an International Internship
- A Great Resume Builder
- Gain New Business Perspectives
- Earn College Credit
- Learn/Practice Another Language
- Develop a Global Network
- Show Future Employers Your Enterprising & Ambitious Sides
- Hone Soft Skills
- Explore a New Part of the World
- Discover Yourself
- Have an Experience That You Won't Forget!
WCOB 320V International Internship course
If you are interested in completing an international internship for academic credit, 320V may be the class for you! Please use the information below to guide you through the process of 320V. 1-3 hours of credit can be earned for 320V.
1. First, the student who is interested in an international internship is responsible
for securing the internship themselves. This includes finding the positions, applying,
and receiving an offer.
2. While looking for a position, the student will need to be talking to a faculty member who will supervise the placement. The faculty supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the placement is eligible for academic credit and that all requested course work is completed.
3. After receiving your letter of offer and having a faculty member to support you, it is time to apply! WCOB 320V Application
4. Completing the application includes attaching a copy of the letter of offer and faculty signature for approving the level of the coursework around the placement
5. After you apply, GEO will receive the application. GEO will review and verify the letter of offer and UGPO will do an eligibility check to ensure students meet requirements such as minimum GPA and hours completed.
6. After receiving approval from GEO, the student will need to work with the Study Abroad Office for travel, pre-departure information and international insurance. This is when you will fill out the credit approval form with study abroad.
7. After beginning the internship, the student will have two weeks to complete and turn in the Training Agreement. This agreement must have input from the student, supervisor and faculty member.
8. After the internship is completed, but before the end of the academic period, several things will need to happen.
a. The student will complete the Student Work Report, a survey of their experience.
b. The employer will need to complete an Employer Evaluation, which surveys the employers experience with the student
c. The student must submit their final paper to their faculty advisor.
Where in the world can I go?
Brazil: Arranged through FUCAPE Business School in Vitoria, Brazil. Requires 8 weeks of full-time work minimum. English speaking placements, some Spanish background is helpful, but not required as Portuguese is spoken in Brazil. FUCAPE will secure work placement and assist with housing/visa, etc.
Panama: Arranged through partner companies. Requires 8 weeks of full-time work and minimum enrollment in WCOB 320V. English or Spanish speaking placements. Students stay at the City of Knowledge and transportation is typically provided to and from work.
UofA External Partners: Many approved external partners for study abroad are adding service-learning and internship opportunities. Check out http://studyabroad.uark.edu/ and search for an internship program and/or by country as not all internship programs are listed separately.
Independent Internships: Students regularly secure internships through their job/company connections, family connections, job postings, etc. Students can decide if they would like to earn academic credit for the experience. Enrollment will typically record the internship/country on UA's transcript and also allows students to receive scholarships/funding if awarded. See Academics for credit options and requirements.
There are several options for earning academic credit for your international internship
experience. See your Walton Academic Advisor to determine which option is the best
option for you.
1) Apply for the WCOB 320V course. See details below.
2) Arrange an independent study with a professor
3) Enroll with the external programs credit options
4) Apply for Co-op credit
5) Opt for no credit
WCOB 320V is Walton College's new International Internship Course. Earn 1-3 hours of upper-level credit. Business students must have a 3.0 minimum GPA, have finished the pre-business core and 60 credit hours, and have identified a faculty member to work with them in their area of focus. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the practice of doing business globally. In this course, the student will gain invaluable work experience and insight into the unique challenges of doing business abroad. These differences range from understanding the importance of alternative legal and regulatory structures as well as how the cultures of doing business may differ. Moreover, students will immerse themselves fully in another culture through day to day living and working.
1 hour = 4 weeks full time work
2 hours = 6 weeks of full time work
3 hours = 8 weeks of full time work.
Global Engagement Office/Walton College is committed to helping students intern abroad and offers scholarships to help lessen the cost of participation. GEO awards funding to students for international internships and Walton Honors students can receive the George and Charlene Edwards Honors College International Experience Endowment Scholarship for this experience. Students must be eligible and apply through the Walton College Study Abroad Funding application process. (Note: Students must be enrolled at least 1 hour of credit to be eligible to receive funding.)
Due to visa issues, most international internships are unpaid. The costs to participate are mainly living expenses, airfare, and typically 1 to 3 hours of tuition. Total costs depend on where you intern and for how many weeks.