UCSC Virtual Global Internships


Go global (virtually)! Explore your career goals, expand your professional network and skills, and gain real work experience by participating in a remote internship for an organization based abroad all without traveling abroad. Internships are customized according to your career interests and skills and are available in a wide variety of fields and disciplines. You will earn six UCSC credits, enrolling in two online Summer Session courses that are designed to complement your experience and support a successful internship. Internships are available in a variety of career fields and placements are in English with some language immersion options. You will intern approximately 20-30 hours per week and should expect to spend additional hours per week on your online UCSC courses.


  • Gain valuable intercultural communication skills while working with an international team and workplace.
  • Become introduced to your host community and culture through virtual activities and networking opportunities.
  • Fine-tune your remote working skills and applications that are useful for careers in your fields of interest.
  • Add an internship to your resume, and prepare to talk about it in interviews - future employers will be intrigued.
  • For information about the benefits of a Remote Global Internship, please visit this article published by the Institute of International Education. 

Note: Internships are academic experiences and are unpaid.

Company/Organization Locations: China (Beijing or Shanghai), Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), Portugal (Lisbon), Singapore (Singapore), Spain (Barcelona or Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm), United Kingdom (London)

Industries: Advertising, Business Development, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Event Planning, Fashion, Finance, Graphic Design, Green Technology, Healthcare, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Resources, Information Technology, Journalism, Marketing, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Publishing, Public Relations, Real Estate, Sports Management, Sustainability, Video Production (see more on placements here).

Languages Available: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Japanese 

UCSC Global Learning Coordinator and Advisor: Emma Lazor (globallearning@ucsc.edu)

Summer 2021 Dates

Program Dates: June 21 - August 13, 2021 (the 8-week Summer Session)

Application Deadline: March 25, 2021

Withdrawal Deadline: April 8, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

You can apply to this program if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Good academic standing
  • At least one quarter/semester completed at home university
  • 18 years of age or older at the time of the internship start date

*Applications are not competitive, and all eligible students regardless of professional experience are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply to Virtual Global Internships

Applications are open for our summer 2021 programs. To apply:

  1. Complete your Profile in SlugsAbroad
  2. Submit the application in SlugsAbroad by the deadline of March 25th.
    Applications are processed within two weeks after the deadline