Global Fellows

A summer internship program is a great opportunity for students to develop international work experience in Asia.

The USC Global Fellows Internship Program provides funding for USC undergraduates who are United States citizens to live and intern in Asia for an eight-week period during the summer. This program seeks to promote understanding and develop quality relationships between the United States and Asia. Students will be selected through an application and interview process. Internships are likely to be available in commercial, political and cultural centers such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo, among others.


  • increase student understanding of international business, politics, and culture
  • establish relationships
  • gain invaluable work experience under the supervision of International and/or American organizations abroad
  • serve as ambassadors and representatives of the University of Southern California and the United States


  • Must maintain good academic standing
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at USC
  • Must graduate between December 2015 and May 2018
  • United States citizens holding valid US passports
  • Must be available to work for a continuous eight-week period between May 22, 2015 - July 19, 2015


The program provides approximately $6,000 for each student depending on the internship location and housing situation. This amount will be adequate to cover basic expenses, such as airfare, local transportation, food and lodging. The program is not intended to cover all expenses, therefore Global Fellows should be prepared to contribute financially to their experience and budget wisely.


Applications and supporting materials must be completed and submitted to STU-B1 (the Internship Programs Office) by 12:00 pm on December 5, 2014. Candidates will be notified via e-mail by January 7, 2015 if they are selected to participate in an interview with the Global Fellows Selection Committee. Selected Global Fellows will be notified via e-mail no later than January 30, 2015. Global Fellows will participate in a 2 mandatory cross-cultural orientations before departure and attend a debriefing meeting upon return.

Please submit a complete packet, containing the following documents to complete the application process:

  1. Complete application form
  2. Current resume
  3. STARS Report (Available on OASIS)
  4. Personal Essay: a one-page, single spaced (1 inch margins) narrative explaining your current academic program, why you are interested in an internship in Asia, future plans which might include further contact with this region and any Asian language or culture courses taken. You may also want to discuss how you think this internship experience will enhance your undergraduate experience and have a positive impact on your future. Essay must be typed in no smaller than 10-point font.
  5. Two (2) recommendations, including at least one from a faculty member with knowledge of your interest in Asia and your ability to work successfully in unstructured situations. No recommendations from peers or family members will be accepted. You may submit one recommendation from a previous employer. A business card and/or letterhead stationery is required. Recommendations need to come with the complete application. No exceptions.