Program Information
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Winter 2021: Virtual International Internship - UAPP
January 06, 2021 - February 03, 2021
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
09/09/2020 11:30 AM - 12:00 PMZoom Link:
09/09/2020 3:00 PM - 3:30 PMZoom Link:
09/14/2020 12:00 PM - 12:30 PMZoom Link:
09/14/2020 5:30 PM - 6:00 PMZoom Link:
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
12/01/2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PMZoom Link:
12/03/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMZoom Link:
12/07/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMZoom Link:
12/10/2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PMZoom Link:
Program Notes
Students must attend One of the Orientation Meetings.

Once you have completed the online application, students are required to e-mail Leann Moore lmoore@udel. edu the following:
  1. Resume (please attach evidence that your resume has been reviewed by the University Career Services Center)
  2. University transcript (unofficial transcript is accepted)
  3. One-page cover letter to potential employers describing your skill sets and type of work placement that meets your interest. The letter must be thoroughly proof-read and error free.

The faculty director will contact you to schedule an interview. As part of the interview process, the faculty director will assess your preparedness with using various questions, including the following:
  • Why do you want to participate in the internship?
  • What types of experience do you expect to gain that is different from interning or working for a company within the United States?
  • What particular skills are you able to bring to your work team?
  • What is your comfort level with working on a completely remote team-based project?
Program Description
Gain professional business experience by participating in an international 4-week project-based virtual internship program. The internship is an unpaid training position that allows students to gain experience in a workplace environment. Students will work in teams of 4-6 students on a project for a non-profit or a for-profit organization based in one of the following locations: Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, or Dublin Ireland.

Drawing on their extensive network of partner organizations, our provider, Global Academic Ventures (GAV), will place students in some of the most prestigious multinational corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, government bodies, nonprofit organizations and community service organizations. Every effort will be made to place students in an internship environment that suits their interests and future career plans. Students will meet periodically in real time with their internship supervisors to receive assignments and feedback, and work on their own and in groups on their assigned projects.

This internship study abroad program features a two-day orientation program, followed by a four-week unpaid internship. Students will earn three UD credits for the internship experience by enrolling in UAPP 300 (Public Policy Field Experience) taught online. The class will meet 3-4 times online with the instructor prior to departure focused on developing additional consulting-related skills that are relevant to the projects assigned. In addition, GAV will provide a live group orientation in December There will also be additional regular check-ins with the faculty director during the program to align on project progress.

Public Policy Internship Requirements

Complete at least 120 hours in an approved public policy internship. Complete assignments listed and described below. In addition to written assignments listed below, an exit interview with the course instructor is also required and will be scheduled after the final paper is due.

PROGRESS REPORTS: Students should submit completed progress reports via email to your faculty director. Your supervisor (or designee) should sign off on the projects that you have reported that you are working on.

JOURNAL: Students will submit one journal of 4-5 pages.
  • Describe the organization’s background, history, staffing structure, funding sources, stakeholders, etc. Include your observations about the culture and work atmosphere. What institutional values and leadership and management approaches have you observed? Feel free to include an organization chart or similar supporting information.
  • What have you learned about your organization and about yourself, even early in your internship, through the intern experience? Surprises? Disappointments?
  • Explain your primary tasks and responsibilities. What goals have been established for your project and how well are you meeting them? What are the accomplishments of the project and your personal contribution to those accomplishments? Could you have been better utilized? Does your project have a public policy impact or is it specifically impacted by policy considerations? Share any general comments on the management of the project and direction you have received.
CAREER EXPLORATION PAPERS: (based on informational interviews) Choose two professionals to interview about their career path and current work duties. These individuals should work in fields you are interested in pursuing. One interview may be with someone working at your internship placement. Draft questions to ask them about their path, responsibilities, work-life balance, and other information that may be of interest to you. (Each paper should focus on one of your interviews)

Write a paper on each interview, no more than 3 pages each, that outlines the questions you asked, and what you learned from the interviewee’s responses. Discuss how the interview informed your opinion of that field, as well as whether or not you are still interested in pursuing a career there. Each career exploration paper is worth 10% of your grade.


Paper Guidelines:
Section 1: Focus on your Organization.
Provide a brief description of your organization’s background, goals, history, staffing structure, funding sources and key stakeholders.

Section 2: Focus on your organization’s culture.
Describe the culture and work atmosphere of your organization. What lessons did you learn in terms of organization management and leadership? Describe your relationship with your organization’s full time staff, other interns and key stakeholders.

Section 3: Focus on your project.
Describe your specific project and your primary tasks and responsibilities. Describe your accomplishments and how they supported the organization’s overall goals. Could you have been better utilized? How will the completion of your project assist the organization in going forward? Will they be able to build upon your work?

Section 4: Focus on key public policy considerations.
Discuss the key public policy issues that most impact on your organization and project. Describe how your agency arrives at policy decisions.

Section 5: Focus on your personal reflections.
How will this experience impact on your future academic career and longer term career plans? What have you learned about your organization and about yourself through the intern experience?

Work Samples: Please submit 2-3 samples of work products developed during the course of your internship. Since your assignments will vary greatly depending on your placement and position description, you have flexibility in what you choose to submit. Examples of appropriate submissions may include marketing products, research reports, policy briefs, social media content, presentation slides, memorandums, grant applications, etc. If you are unsure what to submit, please contact your faculty director to discuss options. Work Samples are worth 10 % of your final grade.

The Program Fee includes placement in a major-appropriate internship based on the student’s qualifications, experience, and interest; an online orientation in December, and ongoing academic support by the faculty member during the course of the internship experience.

The Program Fee does not include UD winter session tuition; see costs below. In addition, participants are responsible for maintaining reliable internet connections and for being available for periodic meetings with their supervisors. Given the time differences, these meetings for Pacific locations will likely be in the evenings (on the U.S East Coast), or in the mornings for those interning with a Dublin-based organization.

Acceptance and Scholarship Decisions Announced Sept. 30.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
UAPP 300-071: Public Policy Field Experience (3 credits)
Policy-oriented, experiential learning. Faculty and public service and research centers will provide a mentoring experience in a range of forms including internships, research projects, study abroad, and supervised community-based initiatives in the world of practice with public agencies and nonprofit organizations in Delaware, the region, nationally and internationally.
Restrictions: For public policy majors only. Not intended for freshmen.
UNIV 371-027: Domestic Travel Study: UAPP Virtual Internship (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience and are required to complete a brief post-program assessment of these changes.
The Virtual International Internship is designed for undergraduate students majoring in public policy. A minimum 2.8 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) is preferred.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $(TBD).
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and CGPS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $550.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • CGPS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,590.00$1,884.00
Final Program Fee$550.00$550.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$45.00$45.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$2,185.00$2,479.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(TBD)$(TBD)
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.

NOTE: Full-time undergraduate students taking at least 12 credits in the fall 2020 semester may take up to an additional six credits this academic year during the winter and/or summer 2021 sessions at no additional tuition charge. The maximum number of course credits spread across the fall semester and winter and/or summer sessions covered by this provision is 18. If a student takes 12 credits in fall, they will have 6 tuition-free credits left to use in winter and/or summer. If they take 13 credits in the fall, they will have 5 tuition-free credits left to use, and so on. Students will be charged tuition in winter and/or summer for any credits exceeding 18. For full details, please visit the UD Return to Fall website.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2020
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedTBD
$550.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $550.00 Initial Payment.
Leann Moore
Faculty Director
Biden School of Public Policy and Administration
177D Graham Hall
To set up one-on-one meeting please go to

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.