Global Fellows Internship Program

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The USC Global Fellows Internship Program provides funding for USC undergraduates to live and intern in Asia for ten weeks 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 Hong Kong and Taipei.  This summer internship program is a great opportunity for students to develop international work experience in Asia.

Objectives

  • Increase student understanding of international business, politics, and culture
  • Establish relationships with professionals in their field/industry
  • Gain invaluable work experience under the supervision of international and/or U.S. organizations abroad
  • Serve as ambassadors and representatives of the University of Southern California and the U.S.

Eligibility

  • Must maintain good academic standing
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at USC
  • Must graduate between December 2019 and May 2022
  • Holding valid passports through October 2019
  • Must be available to attend pre-departure events (February 8, April 12, and April 30, 2019)
  • Must be available between May 20 – July 28, 2019

Funding

Housing, airfare and international health insurance are covered upfront.  Each student will receive a stipend (approximately $1,500 – $2,500 depending upon location) to adequately cover basic expenses, such as food, local transportation, and cultural activities.  The program is not intended to cover all expenses, therefore Global Fellows should be prepared to contribute financially to their experience and budget wisely.

Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about this one-of-a-kind program? The USC Career Center will host three information sessions in the Fall semester for undergraduate students to learn about the program and its application process, as well as hear from past fellows regarding their international work experiences.

These sessions will be held on:

  • October 17, 2018
  • November 1, 2018
  • November 5, 2018

All sessions will take place in STU-B3 from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm PST on Wednesday, November 28.  Candidates will be notified via email in early January if they are selected to participate in an interview with the Global Fellows Selection Committee.  Selected Global Fellows will be notified via email no later than early February.  Global Fellows will participate in three mandatory pre-departure, cross-cultural sessions before departure and attend a debriefing meeting upon their return.

If interested in applying for the Summer 2019 program, please follow our three-step process:

  1. Complete an Online Application*
  2. Submit your Supplement Documents via connectSC, Job ID#171993
    • Current Resume
    • STARS Report
    • 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.)
  3. Two (2) References – At least one reference must come from an USC faculty member with knowledge of your interest in Asia and your ability to work successfully in unstructured situations.  References from peers or family members will not be accepted.  You may submit one reference from a previous employer or supervisor.

    *Both reference names and email addresses must be included on your Online Application  in order to receive the 2018 Global Fellows Reference Form.  All references should submit this form rather than submitting a letter of recommendation.

For additional questions, please contact the Internship Programs Team at (213) 740-9105 or interns@usc.edu.

Testimonials

Being a Global Fellow has really augmented my studies at USC and really allowed me to put what I’ve learned in classes into practice in the real world. I actually got to use my business analytical skills and business mindset when considering the Southeast Asian market’s future potential, and I got to use my Chinese language skills every day in the office as well as on the street and at trade shows. It really was the perfect test drive for what I want to do after USC.
– Connor, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Business Administration majors (Taipei)

Having been back for a little over day, my whole experience abroad is finally settling in, and I could not be more appreciative. Just when I thought my USC experience could not get any better, any fuller, or deeper in exposing who it is that I want to be, it did. It exceeded my expectations beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It has matured me in more ways than any class could have, or person. Going to Asia this summer is an experience I would not change for the world, an experience I wish and pray that I will live to see more of.
– Caroline, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention major (Taipei)

I would say that it is definitely one of the most influential experiences I have had with USC. I was given the opportunity to learn so much more about the world and myself, which will definitely help shape my perspective of the university.
-Ryan, Business Administration major (Hong Kong)

Global Fellows has helped define what I want to do in the future in terms of a career and has helped me gain experience in a field that will be helpful in applying to graduate school as well as future careers. Besides professional development, Global Fellows has increased my awareness of Asian culture, specifically Taiwanese culture, of which I had very little knowledge beforehand. I feel more open and accepting to other cultures now that I have lived in another country.
– Melina, American Studies and Ethnicity major (Taipei)

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