This online education abroad program offers UVA undergraduates the chance to extend their relationships with “the global” through virtual internships with international organizations. As we know far too well, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrust us all into extraordinary circumstances and we have been forced to reckon with difficult questions regarding how we may strengthen our motivations and abilities to work across cultures when physical travel is currently an impossibility. This program therefore is an experiment undertaken by international partners both inside and outside the University, with the hope that we can practice new modes of learning, growing, contributing, and thriving as conditions unfold, in world that will inevitably continue to be characterized by interconnections and global flows.
The program provides direct UVA credit through the Global Studies undergraduate program, as we believe strongly in the value of establishing an academic scaffold around international internships in order to enhance students’ personal, professional, cultural, social, and intellectual development. Ultimately, we hope the Virtual Global Internships academic program will serve to:
Provide critical encouragement for students to continue to cultivate their “global”-orientation and to expand their knowledge of conditions abroad (social, cultural, economic, environmental, professional, etc.), despite the challenges of not being able to physically experience “other” cultural contexts.
Assist students in gaining perspective on what skills, qualities, motivations, and competencies can be developed and reinforced through “global” virtual work, as well as further understanding of recent trends related to remote work.
Enhance students’ abilities to develop relationships with international colleagues and gain exposure to diverse professional and life pathways.
Provide our valued partner organizations with enthusiastic student manpower to accomplish work under challenging professional conditions.
Program participants will be enrolled in the GSGS 3245 "Interning Abroad in Virtual Conditions" seminar (1 credit) while concurrently working for their internship organization. This course will be conducted in a hybrid synchronous/asynchronous format.
In this seminar, we will draw upon theories, concepts, and research presented by thinkers who represent various professions and multiple academic disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy, business management, organizational behavior, and literature. Given the rapidly evolving conditions of virtual work environments in the present moment of global crisis, our course materials will include academic texts as well as pieces of journalism, educational video-essays, websites, and podcasts.
Through this course, you will be asked to:
Draw connections between your own experience of a virtual global internship to broader recent trends in the world of work, especially as related to remote/distributed labor and work in international teams.
Consider how professional experiences across national boundaries in the virtual realm are shaped, experienced, and transformed through the interaction of cultures.
Gain appreciation of the global flows (which may or may not be disrupted due to the pandemic) which characterize and situate the work of your internship organization in its local context.
Reflect upon, analyze, and contextualize your skills as a developing professional, your motivations as a “globally-oriented” individual, and your knowledge as a current university learner in light of current circumstances and imagined futures.
Importantly, UVA does not give academic credit for a student’s actual work performed in the course of an internship. Thus, the course will be designed to scaffold and contextualize students’ virtual global internships with supplementary readings and assignments. Work for the course is not included in the hours during which students will be engaging in work for their internships.
Schedules and internship partner organizations/positions vary by term:
SUMMER 2021 SCHEDULE
8 weeks, May 24-July 16
10-15 hours/week (weekly working hours to be set through discussions between individual participants and their internship supervisors)
SUMMER 2021 INTERNSHIP PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
As a part of the SUMMER 2021 Virtual Global Internship program, UVA Global Internships has partnered with the Presidential Precinct to establish internship positions with eleven organizations in Africa. The Presidential Precinct has proudly hosted Mandela Washington Fellows in Charlottesville since 2014. Mandela Washington Fellows are accomplished young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fellowship alumni will serve as mentors to those student-interns placed at their organizations.
The SUMMER 2021 program also offers positions with additional partner organizations located around the world. Some of these organizations are headed by UVA alumni.
Ingrid Hakala | email@example.com
Ingrid Hakala is the director of UVA Global Internships and will serve as program director and course instructor. She holds a doctoral degree in the anthropology of education from UVA.
Costs and SCHOLARSHIPS
See the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page for cost information.
Scholarships are available for the Summer program!There is no separate application; simply indicate in your internship application if you wish to be considered for an award. Awards may vary, up to total tuition and program fees. Demonstrated financial need is preferred but not required. Recipients must complete a publicly-shareable product as a condition of their award.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.