Program Information
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Fall 2021: *Virtual International Internship - COMM
September 27, 2021 - November 19, 2021
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Meetings
Interest Meetings:
04/05/2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMhttps://udel.zoom.us/j/97390363159
04/07/2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMhttps://udel.zoom.us/j/97390363159
Program Notes
Once you have completed the online application, students are required to e-mail the faculty director, Steven Mortenson (rocket@udel.edu) the following:
  • Resume (please attach evidence that your resume has been reviewed by the University Career Services Center)
  • University transcript (unofficial transcript is accepted)
  • 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.
Once you have submitted the required documents, the program coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. As part of the interview process, the program coordinator will assess your preparedness with using various questions, including the following:
  • Why do you want to participate in the internship?
  • What types of experiences do you expect to gain that are different than working for a company in 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 project?

International Students: Please contact International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) (oiss@udel.edu) before applying in order to discuss your eligibility to participate in the Virtual International Internship Program. International students who plan on working in the U.S., even for a company that is overseas, will need to consult with an International Student Advisor on whether work authorization such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is required to maintain your visa status.
Program Description
Gain professional experience by participating in an international 8-week virtual internship program. The internship is an unpaid training position that allows students to gain experience in a workplace environment. Students will work 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 live online orientation program, followed by an eight week unpaid internship. Students will earn three UD credits for the internship experience by enrolling in COMM 364 taught online. There will also be additional regular check-ins with the instructor 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 September, and ongoing academic support by the instructor during the course of the internship experience.

The program fee does not include UD fall semester 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 (on the U.S East Coast) for those interning with a Dublin-based organization.

Acceptance and scholarship decisions announced May 17; the full program fee is due in at the end of May. Students will be billed their regular tuition (resident or non-resident) in July based on their full fall semester enrollment, including the 3-credit internship course.
ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
COMM 364-072: Communications Internship (3 credits)
Practical, on-the-job training in the student’s field of interest: i.e., interpersonal, mass media, public relations or organizational communication.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Restrictions: Open to junior and senior communication majors only.
UNIV 367: Seminar - UNIV Virtual International Internship (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their experience abroad.
Requirements
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.80 (on a 4.00 scale). Any judicial violations must be described and explained in detail during the interview. Failure to disclose judicial violations is grounds for dismissal from the program.
Costs
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Fall Semester
  • 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 $950.00 will be due in early April.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early August.
  • 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
Estimated Tuition based on current year$6,365.00$17,080.00
Final Program Fee$950.00$950.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,315.00$18,030.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$(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.
All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $950.00 Initial Payment.
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 onMay 10, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedTBD
$950.00 Initial Payment Due *early April
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly August
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $950.00 Initial Payment.
Contacts
Steven Mortenson
Faculty Director
rocket@udel.edu

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