Virtual Global Innovation Internship - 8 week

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  • Dates: Jan 3 – Feb 25, 2022 (8 weeks)


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CIEE is excited to offer a new innovation program in collaboration with HEX, an Australian based education startup launching impactful careers for future innovators, startup founders and intrapreneurs. If you’ve ever dreamed about founding your own company or leading innovation for impact, this one’s for you.

Our Virtual Global Innovation Internship, co-delivered by HEX and CIEE, combines one week of intensive, entrepreneurial skill acquisition with 8-week virtual internships at companies around the globe.


On this dynamic two-part program, you can truly explore the world of innovation.

You’ll learn startup skills from Silicon Valley experts, meet world-class technologists from Tel Aviv, and network with venture capitalists in Singapore – before choosing an internship in Berlin, or in one of 20+ cities in the CIEE network! And on a personal note, you could expect to make friends with students from across the US, work on a project with peers from India and New Zealand, then have a (virtual) cup of coffee with your new professional mentor in Australia.


  • Part 1: Join HEX on the award-winning Discovery program. Learn job-ready innovation skillsets and mindsets, and explore global startup ecosystems with an international cohort of peers.

    Have a startup idea of your own you wish to explore? Great, you can further advance your idea as an individual.

    Wish to collaborate with a group on an innovative idea? HEX can connect you to like-minded peers to collaborate as a team!

  • Part 2: Get ready for your 8 week global internship designed around your preferences for location and interest area. The internship portion of the program contains a minimum of 225 internship hours in total – approximately 28-30 hours/week.

We’ll bring the experts, support, global network and the tech. You bring the talent.

The Virtual Global Innovation Internship is designed in a non-credit format. However, we can work with you, your advisor and your university to determine how we can help you achieve credit.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Takeaways

  • Virtual is the new Boarding Pass

    Gain real-world remote work experience that’s in high demand worldwide.

  • Learn Future-Ready Skills

    Innovation and entrepreneurship combines both skillsets and mindsets. We’ll teach you both.

  • Build Your Global Network

    Get matched with mentors and professionals who will back you all the way.





Location & Culture

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During week-one, get ready for an intensive curriculum focused on training up the innovators of the future so you can get to work, faster.

Day 1 - Explore & Observe
Day 2 - Research & Prototype
Day 3 - Pitching & Industry
Day 4 - Pitch Deck & Branding
Day 5 - Funding & Legal
Day 6 - Pitch Day

The Virtual Discovery program outcomes include:

  • Practicing design thinking principles to ideate a startup concept
  • Using industry market research methods to pinpoint and understand the needs of your customers
  • Learning UX and UI design standards and software to create product wireframes
  • Creating and delivering a business pitch to real investors
  • Discovering innovation trends in cities and workplaces around the world
  • Refining your personal values, presence, and leadership style



  • Take advantage of resume help and interviewing skills based on local business culture
  • Explore the professional working world and grow your skillset without traveling
  • Participate in coaching sessions and online workshops that will help you make the most of your internship
  • Receive a course completion certificate summarizing acquired skills and internship benefits to enhance your resume

Daily Life

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    Applicants select their 2 top preferences in the following categories:

    • Arts 
    • Business Development & Sales
    • Business Finance & Accounting
    • Communications 
    • Data Science & Data Analytics 
    • Design
    • Digital Health 
    • Engineering 
    • Entrepreneurship 
    • IT & Computer Science
    • Marketing 
    • Media, Film, & Photography
    • NGO
    • Social Media 
    • Sustainability & Environment


    Internships are sourced based on internship goals across our network of employers in more than 15 locations, including:

    • Berlin
    • Barcelona
    • Boston
    • Cape Town
    • Hong Kong
    • London
    • Los Angeles
    • Madrid
    • Mumbai
    • New York
    • Paris
    • Prague
    • Rome
    • San Francisco
    • Santiago
    • Seville
    • Shanghai
    • Singapore
    • Tokyo
    • Toronto


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The Virtual Global Internship program pairs you with a non-paying internship within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of industries. While the program is non-credit bearing, we offer ongoing coaching and support throughout the internship, as well as workshops for all students and a skills assessment. Themes include resume writing, interview prep, best practices for remote internships, building an entrepreneurial mindset, and maintaining a global network.


Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5 to participate in the program. 

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students must be currently enrolled in an Associate, Bachelor, or Master program and have completed a minimum of their first academic year of studies before the program. Recent graduates are also eligible to participate within 24 months of graduation. Participants are required to have access to a laptop/computer with audio capabilities. Participants are required to have reliable access to internet/WiFi.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Participants are required to be active interns in the program while completing the internship. While workshops and coaching sessions are not mandatory, we strongly encourage all participants to attend.

Program Credit

Participation in this program is not-for-credit.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Virtual workshops compliment the internship experience by offering different perspectives on professional development and the changing world of work. These workshops will be facilitated by CIEE staff and global experts during the internship period to align with the HEX Virtual Discovery program and ongoing HEX mentorship throughout the program. Workshops are coordinated for each program start, so speakers and topics are subject to change. Explore a sampling of our previous workshop offerings below:

Stephen Murray

Best Practices for Remote Internships
Stephen has served in senior product, P&L, and digital roles for some of the largest financial services firms in the US, Europe, and Asia including positions running consumer, investment, and insurance businesses at Wells Fargo, Lloyds Banking Group, and HSBC. He also has entrepreneurial experience with multiple startups stretching back to San Francisco and the first Internet boom in the late 90s. Since leaving banking Stephen co-founded and is currently CEO of an early-stage venture in the children’s book industry operating completely virtually across three cities and two continents. Stephen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in History from the University of Virginia.

Gosbert Chagula

Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Throughout his professional life, Gosbert has focused on supporting, building, and investing in mission-driven businesses in the energy, education, and future mobility sectors. Before he became Exeter Velocities Ecosystem Manager and workshop instructor at CIEE, he was a director at The Africa Technology Business Network (AFTBN), a global network focused on driving innovation-led growth and impact in Africa. Get ready to soak up his insider knowledge of how to develop and use an entrepreneurial mindset for the internship, university and life. 

Eloisa Angeles

How to work and live sustainably and impactfully
After receiving a PhD in Philosophie from the University of Cambridge, UK, Eloisa worked in different venture capital companies before starting her own business Terrax, with the goal to enable efficiency among food suppliers, support sustainability and reduce food waste. In her workshop, Eloisa will highlight the responsibility of business leaders to ensure they are not harming people or planet whilst pursuing audacious goals.

Marina Abrosova

Organizational Culture and Leadership
Marina, originally from Siberia, studied abroad in the U.S. before pursuing her PhD in Berlin/Germany. She’s an experienced entrepreneur, researcher, and corporate consultant. When managing the academic curriculum of the Entrepreneur Lab by CIEE, Marina built and supervised the entrepreneurial journey of more than 80 aspiring startups founders from all around the world.


Dates & Fees


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Spring 2022 8 weeks Deadline Passed Jan 3, 2022 Feb 25, 2022
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $1,650

Total Fees = $1,950

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* Non-refundable


  • One-week HEX Discovery Program
  • 8-week internship placement
  • Professional internship coaching
  • On-program workshops and coaching sessions
  • Skills assessment
  • Mid-point check and final program evaluation
  • Digital certificate of achievement

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