Interested in gaining international experience and a global-skillset that will build your resume? Try a global internship at one of our host organizations offering placements in a variety of sectors including research, industry, NGOs and so much more!
Spend 3 or 4 months abroad putting your studies to use in the real world, and start building a global network of contacts that will help you transition to employment post-graduation. Placements typically take place in summer between May-August.
- Not for academic credit. (Except for GL/ILST 4300 6.00, SB/IBUS 4100 3.00 and SB/IMBA 5300 9.00)
- 3 month placements, typically between May and August.
- The language required is English, unless otherwise stated.
- Global Internships are only offered with our designated partner organisations.
- Senior full-time undergraduate and first-year graduate students registered in a degree program at the University
- Students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 (B)
- Students must be returning to York University for at least one semester after their internship i.e. students who are graduating in the summer will only be eligible if they are returning to York for at least one semester in the fall.
- In addition to the general criteria, specific eligibility requirements, including language proficiency, are outlined for each position.
- The following will also be considered additional assets: academic and professional fit, prior volunteer or professional experience, proven ability to adapt to new environments, capacity to communicate effectively across cultures, willingness to take initiative, ability to work in a team, engagement in community and an interest in developing global awareness.
We offer global internship placements around the world and in a variety of different sectors including NGOs, research, non-for profits, and so much more!
Knowing when to apply for the global internship is a key part of the process. The deadline to apply to York International is January 23rd. Note that students may need to complete a second application to the host organization if selected by YorkU.
We're here to help! Please reach out to one of our global learning coordinators who can help you through the exchange application process. We have in-person advising, virtual advising, and information sessions available to connect with you and answer your questions!
- Attend an information session
- Apply on the York International portal by the deadline
- Application Documents:
- Application Form - applications will open in mid-October
- Letter of Intent (one page max)
- Resume (two pages max)
- Academic Letter of Reference
Letter of Intent
This one page letter of intent is your opportunity to say what cannot be said in your resume. The letter should be composed as a professional communication and not a creative writing exercise. This letter, along with your resume and video may be shared with the host organization. The letter of intent could include:
- How the internship fits into your future career plans
- What qualifies you to fill the internship position
- What interests you in the host organization and country
- What skills and strengths you have specific to the host organization and country
- Your talents, past international and life experiences
- You can submit one letter to address all positions you are applying to or one letter for each position.
Letter of Reference
Your academic reference must be from a professor or teaching assistant at York University (or another post-secondary institution) who can speak thoughtfully about you and your skills and performance. In selecting your referee, approach individuals who will be in a position to comment on your academic abilities, the fit of the internship to your academic goals as well as your ability to adapt to the work/country environment.
You should work with your referee to tell them about the internship you are applying to, why you feel you would be a good candidate, how the internship contributes to your overall goals. Writing a reference letter can be time-consuming and onerous for some people. Do your best to facilitate the process in a polite, cooperative and considerate fashion.
The letter should each be a maximum of one page in length and should at minimum include the following:
- Applicant’s name
- Program you are applying for (can also include the internship positions being applied for)
- Your relationship to the referee
A link to the online reference form is provided in the application.
You've submitted your application - now what?! Once you have submitted your application, the global learning team will review - see selection criteria below. You can expect for the review process to take 10-15 business days. If there are any questions or concerns about your application, our team will be in touch.
Selection is based on:
- Letter of Intent
- Academic references
- Suitability of the placement based on your academic program
Note that the internship host organisation will request an interview for each applicant. The internship host will make the final decision.
Students who are selected to participate in our Global Internships automatically receive the York International Internship Award which is meant to assist in offsetting expenses incurred while pursuing the Global Internship. Each position comes with an award of $3000 which is offered in three monthly installments. The first installment is disbursed after completion of the mandatory internship orientation.
All positions are unpaid.
- Handle finances responsibly.
- Demonstrate initiative and enthusiasm for the organisation and the program.
- Complete work required by the host organisation as per position description.
- Maintain professional attitude and respect traditions and customs of host country and organisation.
- Maintain good public relations, both internal and external, for the university and the host organisation.
- Notify York International representative and the host organisation of any changes in contact information during internship.
- Keep York International representative and host organisation informed of all travel arrangements.
- Contact York International representative if problems arise with internship.
- Complete mid-point evaluation and submit to York International.
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- Participate in debriefing at end of internship.
- Complete a final evaluation and a final reflection report in an agreed upon format.
- Assist in promoting the York International Global Internships to fellow students.