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

Meetings
Interest Meetings:
09/09/2020 8:00 PM - 9:00 PMJoin Zoom Meeting https://udel.zoom.us/j/96971968112
Program Notes
This program's deadline has been changed to 09/20/2020.
Once you have completed the online application, e-mail Kara Ellerby, kellerby@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 acceptable)
  3. One-page cover letter for potential employees describing your skill set and type of work placement that meets your interests. The letter must be thoroughly proof-read and error free.
Once you have completed the online application, 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 type of experience do you expect to gain that is different from interning for a global organization?
  • 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 experience by participating in an international four-week project-based virtual study abroad internship program. The internship is an unpaid position that allows students to gain experience focused on government and governance while working with a global organization, non-profit, or international business. 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 virtual internship experience by enrolling in POSC 466 (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.

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.
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
POSC 466-070: Virtual Study Abroad Internship (3 credits)
Internship in a political science or international relations-related field. Includes preparation of a journal of activities and a final project.
Restrictions: Requires permission of instructor
UNIV 371-028: Domestic Travel Study: POSC 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.
Requirements
This Virtual International Internship is designed for undergraduate majors in Political Science and International Relations. A minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) is preferred.
Costs
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 IGS 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.
  • IGS 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 http://www1.udel.edu/finaid/rates.html 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.
Scholarships
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.
Deadlines
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.
Contacts
Kara Ellerby
Faculty Director
Political Science and Intl Relations
465 Smith Hall
302-831-0730
kellerby@udel.edu

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