Virtual Internships Abroad Program & Application Details
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Whether you’re interested in a full-time summer work experience or a part-time internship to complement other summer commitments, VIA works around your schedule. As a VIA intern, you get to choose the length of your internship (4-10 weeks) and the number of hours you wish to work per week (10-40 hours/week), all while gaining important professional and cross-cultural skills that will stay with you through your academic and professional career.
All degree-seeking Penn undergraduate students, except for graduating seniors, are eligible to apply.
Students must be enrolled in at least one undergraduate course at Penn in the spring 2021 semester and must plan to enroll in at least one undergraduate course at Penn in the fall 2021 semester.
No foreign language proficiency is required. Internships will be conducted in English unless a specific foreign language internship is requested and available.
Students may not be placed in an internship with an employer based in their home country or country of citizenship.
VIA participants must have access to a computer, webcam, reliable internet, and a quiet workspace during their internship work hours.
Virtual internships are available in 19 different countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. Hundreds of employers offer opportunities to gain meaningful work experience in a wide variety of industries, including business, engineering, law, tourism, fashion, entrepreneurship, graphic design, video production, sustainability, healthcare, non-profit management, and so much more.
For a full list of industries and locations, please visit the VIA brochure on PASSPORT.
While VIA internships are unpaid work experiences, every student accepted to VIA is guaranteed full funding from Penn Abroad to cover 100% of the total program fee. This fully funded program fee includes personalized matching and placement process in a remote global internship, cultural programming, professional training, access to language learning (if desired), and ongoing student support.
The first step is to apply through Penn Abroad to the VIA program by April 1, 2021. You will be asked to submit a cover letter, personal statement, and short essay on why you are interested in pursuing a virtual global internship. You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire that ranks the industries and locations in which you are most interested in pursuing during a VIA internship.
Applications will first be reviewed by Penn Abroad. Once you have been accepted to VIA by Penn Abroad and have committed to the program, the internship provider will initiate your interview and internship placement process. Students can typically expect to receive their specific internship placement details within 6-8 weeks of acceptance to the program.
Apply for VIA now in PASSPORT.