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Semester Global Internships

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Travel the world & grow your global network during a fall or spring semester internship abroad!

If you’re looking for a spring or fall semester internship abroad, you’ve come to the right place! A CIEE Semester Global Internship advances your unique skill set, gives you real-world work experience, and makes your resume stand out in a competitive global job market.  

With CIEE, you'll be matched with a semester internship program that aligns with your academic and career goals across a broad range of industries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. This semester, enhance your cross-cultural skills for the global job market by completing an international internship during your semester abroad.

Internships by the Numbers


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1,000+ Interns

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How Do Semester Global Internships Work?

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CIEE’s Internship Placement Process

Our 18-week Semester Global Internship programs combine the value of real-world international work experience with integrated academics in a thoughtfully designed study and internship program to ensure you get the most out of your time abroad. Semester internships typically follow this schedule:

Weeks 1-6
  • Take two academic courses
  • Earn 6 credits
Weeks 7-18
  • Work part-time (20-25 hours per week)
  • Take a 6-credit seminar
  • Leverage your experience for future professional development
  • Enroll in 1-2 additional courses
  • Earn up to 6 credits for no additional cost
  • We do the work to match you with the internship opportunity that meets your needs.


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How to Apply for a Semester Internship Abroad

Students can apply for a fall or spring semester internship abroad at CIEE through 4 simple steps:

  1. Search CIEE’s semester global internships
  2. Pick the global internship that best suits your academic and personal goals
  3. Consult your study abroad office
  4. Start your application! 
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Academic Seminar

To receive credit for the internship, you’ll complete a mandatory academic seminar that will help you make the most out of your internship—and teach you how to leverage your experience for future professional development. The internship seminar is taught in a hybrid format by an instructor with knowledge of the local work culture. Course topics may include:

  • Interviewing and Negotiating
  • Organizational Culture and Change
  • Career Networking and Design

Top Semester Global Internship Programs

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Take advantage of all this trendy city has to offer as you participate in a part-time internship in English and internship course.

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
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  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Dublin has become the location of choice in Europe for some of the world's most respected technology, pharmaceutical, and finance companies.

Program Interests
  • Small City
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  • London, England
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Gain real-world international internship experience in London, where you'll have the unique opportunity to blend practical professional work experience at a British company with relevant academic courses.

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
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  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Part-time internship and academic coursework in the heart of Southeast Asia.

Program Interests
  • Big City
  • Life by the Sea
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Learn about business ethics, corporate structure, fiscal policies while completing a part-time internship in Sydney, Australia’s international hub and capital of innovation

Program Interests
  • Big City
  • Life by the Sea
  • Volunteering

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Frequently Asked Questions About Semester Internships

During a semester internship with CIEE, you expand your skills across a variety of subject. Take the following, for example:

  • Architecture -- Help develop a company's Google Analytics page with their website.
  • Marketing -- Work on a variety of marketing projects for a biotech company, from helping with consumer awareness of products, to researching and presenting on results.
  • Communications -- Organize events, prepare press releases, and create marketing materials.
  • Finance -- Assist the operations department with commission payments.
  • Healthcare -- Complete market research on clinical trials in the U.S. and target pre-clinical trials that are ready to move into clinical trial. 
  • Law -- Learn the basics of U.S. immigration ad documents.
  • Real Estate -- Do market research to compare the industries of the U.S. and host country.
  • Technology -- Translate important presentation decks describing the company's business model for English speakers.
  • Video Game Design -- Write narration for a new video game.

When it comes to what you can study during a semester internship, the opportunities are virtually limitless! 

If you’re wondering how to do an internship during the semester, follow these 4 simple steps to apply with CIEE:

  1. Search CIEE’s semester global internships  
  2. Pick the global internship that best suits your academic and personal goals  
  3. Consult your study abroad office  
  4. Start your application!

Consider the following 4 benefits of completing an internship abroad if you’re unsure of whether or not an internship during the semester is right for you.  

  1. You’ll gain valuable work experience
  2. You’ll expand your global professional network
  3. You’ll gain confidence and independence
  4. You’ll enhance your resume

What are your goals for studying abroad? Are you looking to develop your skills? Do you want to gain global work experience? These are important questions to consider when making your decision.  

What Interns are Saying

  • "It is a great opportunity to genuinely enjoy studying abroad and not just staying stuck in a classroom or with immense amounts of homework. It is also great for building independence and culture appreciation. It is good for really being a part of the country you are in. And the course is relevant to all kinds of internships which is nice that it's flexible."

    Lisbon SU 22 GLINT

  • "It is a great experience not just academically but also personally. I have learned so much about myself during these months and building connections is so important in life."

    Barcelona SU 22 GLINT

  • "I am generally an introvert and this experience overall has made me push myself a lot. I have gained good friends and made so many great connections with locals. It is truly something that would be regretful to miss out on."

    Cape Town SU 22 GLINT

  • "It is an amazing opportunity to explore a new country. My internship experience really added to my professional development, so I would highly recommend the internship as well."

    Copenhagen SU 22

  • "CIEE has been a great program and has given me a great opportunity to succeed.  They are organized and go above and beyond to make sure their students have a great experience.  The staff is approachable, they organize fun events, and make the students in the program feel connected. "

    London SU 22 GLINT

Live Like a Local on Your Internship

Interested in what it's like to intern abroad? Check out our Global Internship City Guides to get a glimpse of life in your new city! 

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