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  • Locations: Online, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester, Summer
  • Restrictions: UVA applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 01-NOV-2020
10-NOV-2020 01-FEB-2021 06-MAY-2021
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by November 16.

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Program Description:
SEWA Bharat Organization


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.

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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.

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Schedules and host organizations/positions vary by term:


  • 14 weeks, during Spring 2021 semester dates 
  • 6-8 hours/week (weekly working hours to be set through discussions between individual participants and their internship supervisors)

Internship host organizations/positions:

  • SEWA Bharat (New Delhi, India)
    SEWA Bharat is a national federation of all SEWA institutions (i.e. unions, social enterprises, programs, trusts, foundations) in India and is tasked with the mandate of spreading the SEWA movement. The SEWA Movement focuses on women in the informal economy and works for their rights and development. 
    SEWA Bharat Spring 2021 - Virtual Positions
  • Enseña Perú (Lima, Peru)
    Enseña Perú (EP) is a non-profit civil association that has been working towards achieving high-quality education in Peru since 2009. EP seeks to create synergies between students, parents, and their communities in order to impact and inspire local authorities to provide leadership in education and social development sectors.
    Ensena Peru 2021 - Virtual Positions
  • Pacific Licensing Studio (Bangkok, Thailand)
    Pacific Licensing Studio (PLS) is a brand management and consumer products licensing agency, focusing on Asian solutions for intellectual property. 
    Pacific Licensing Studio 2021 - Virtual Positions 


  • 8-10 weeks, dates to be confirmed
  • 10-15 hours/week (weekly working hours to be set through discussions between individual participants and their internship supervisors)
Internship host organizations/positions for Summer 2021 will be posted shortly.

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Ingrid Hakala |
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.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule will be listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Participants who are eligible for financial aid will be reviewed by Student Financial Services.

Ensena Peru

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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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.