Internship Abroad Programs

Learn through International Internships LLC

You can earn FGCU credit while gaining valuable work experience in your major. The semester program is designed to let you intern abroad while you take FGCU online 100% virtual courses, so you stay on track to graduate. Each internship is 12 weeks long, in English, and customized to your field of study. The cost includes housing with high speed internet. You’ll earn 12 credits (see Academic Component section below), maintain full-time status at FGCU and be able to use financial aid. With 5 countries to choose from, it’s an ideal way to jumpstart your global career. (Note: All internships are unpaid.)

  5 Program Locations Offered

An internship in Australia presents a unique opportunity to be completely immersed in the culture and work environment down under. Working and learning alongside locals provides a unique insight into the beauty of the culture and customs of the Aussies.  Whether you complete your internship researching starfish on the Great Barrier Reef or working at a 5-star hotel in the heart of Sydney - our Custom Placement Service will match your internship to your field of study. Inspire yourself to start a new adventure.  Placements are found throughout Australia and are determined by the host company’s location and availability.

Housing: A shared room in a fully furnished shared apartment/flat. The flats are shared with other interns and students. Exact location will be determined following placement confirmation. Includes internet, utilities, and rent.

Majors eligible:  See chart below 

An internship in Germany offers you an opportunity to work for a German company while immersing yourself in their vibrant culture and economy. The area of Dusseldorf and Cologne, where we place our students, lies in the heart of many important industries including Business, Film, Media, Telecommunications, and Fashion.  The region offers internship opportunities of all kinds and placements are customized to each individual’s area of study.  A German internship also provides an excellent opportunity to visit neighboring countries and sample their cultures.  Amsterdam and Paris are easily reachable by train as you take your weekends to explore the great cities of Europe.

Housing: Single room in a furnished shared apartment. The flats are shared with other interns and students. Exact location of accommodation will be determined following a placement confirmation. Includes internet, utilities, and rent.

Majors eligible:  See chart below

Language of Internship: English (Knowledge of German a plus)

It's said that Ireland, once visited, is never forgotten, and for once the Blarney rings true. The Irish landscape has a mythic resonance, the country's history is almost tangible, and its people seem to exist on earth expressly to restore faith in humanity. The weather may sometimes give you the impression that you're swimming through an airborne ocean, but the truly luminous greens, luxuriant wildflowers, and weekends spent enjoying yourself will more than console you as you undertake an internship in this great land.  Work side by side with your Irish counterparts during the week and on the weekend visit the Cliffs of Moher at the edge of the sea or the Blarney Castle, famous for the ‘Blarney Stone’ which can grant you the “gift of eloquence.”

Housing: A furnished shared room in a shared apartment, flat or bed & breakfast. The flats are shared with other interns and students. Exact location of accommodation will be determined upon placement confirmation. Includes internet, utilities, and rent.

Majors eligible:  See chart below

An internship in New Zealand entails a unique experience that is well-regarded by many companies. If you would like to set yourself apart from others in today’s highly competitive business environment and gain references that are a truly valuable addition to any CV, then consider an internship in New Zealand.  Explore a new culture, work in new industries, meet new people and expand your horizons. You will gain real “work experience” and get to know what you really like – and what you don’t. Whether you are completing an internship as part of your University degree, or simply electing to do an internship to gain experience in your field of interest, you will be able to use this chance to sharpen your professional identity and develop communication skills through interaction with people on a professional level.

Housing: A single room in a furnished shared apartment/flat. The flats are shared with other interns and students. Exact location will be determined following placement confirmation. Includes internet, utilities, and rent.

Majors eligible:  See chart below

Even if you are a beginning Spanish speaker you can Intern in the majestic coastal city of Valencia.  Valencia is the 3rd largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona and has one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean Sea.  It is a bustling zone of trade and business and a great place to have us arrange an internship for you.  When you’re not working you can experience the best of Spain – the tapas, the siesta, and of course, Flamenco - all while sampling the traditional Spanish dish, paella, that originated in Valencia.  And, if you’re not at the beach, you’ll have plenty of chances to visit Sevilla or Barcelona during your many free weekends.

Housing: A single room in a fully furnished shared apartment/flat. The flats are shared with other interns and students. Exact location will be determined following placement confirmation. Includes internet, utilities, and rent.

Majors eligible:  See chart below

Language of Internship: English (Knowledge of Spanish a plus)


Academic Component

While undertaking your 12-week internship, you can combine online courses with the below internship course to earn 12 credits while abroad. You will maintain full time status and you will be eligible for FGCU financial aid.

Internship Course: (COE 3948)

Interning is enough work as it is, so why not get credit for it? With COE 3948, you can earn up to 9 credits through the Internships and Cooperative Programs office. A 12-week internship guarantees you the necessary hours for 9 credits. Find out more by contacting Lianet Escandell Rodriguez in LIB 458A or at 239-745-4486 / lescandell@fgcu.edu.

Read the course summary.

Sample Combinations:

  • COE 3948 (9 Credits) + one 3-credit online course = 12 Credits
  • COE 3948 (6 Credits) + two 3-credit online courses = 12 Credits
  • COE 3948 (3 Credits) + three 3-credit online courses = 12 Credits
  • Four 3-credit online courses = 12 Credits

Online Courses

Many online courses are offered that you can register for during your internship abroad.

    1. Go to the FGCU Course Search to see a complete list of online courses
    2. Select the term and then select Virtual as the Campus (not the off campus: online option, scroll down to Virtual)
    3. Indicate any other parameters, such as the College
    4. Click the Search button at the bottom of the screen

Fields Available

Check to see if your major is available in your preferred destination.

COLLEGES          
College of Arts & Sciences Australia Germany Ireland New Zealand Spain
Anthropology   x x x x
Art x x x x x
Biochemistry   x x   x
Biology  x   x x x
Biotechnology    x x   x
Chemistry   x x    
Communication x x x x x
Criminal Justice x x x x x
English x x x x x
Environmental Studies x   x x x
Forensic Science     x   x
History x x x x x
Journalism x x x x x
Legal Studies x x x x x
Marine Science x   x x x
Mathematics x x x x x
Music Education   x x x  
Music Therapy     x    
Political Science x x x x x
Psychology     x x  
Sociology     x    
Theatre x x x x x
           
College of Education Australia Germany Ireland New Zealand Spain
All Majors  x x x x x
           
Lutgert College of Business Australia Germany Ireland New Zealand Spain
All Majors  x x x x x
           
Marieb College of Health & Human Services Australia Germany Ireland New Zealand Spain
Athletic Training x x x x x
Exercise Science     x x  
Health Science     x   x
Nursing     x   x
Public Health  x   x x x
Social Work     x x  
           
Whitaker College of Engineering  Australia Germany Ireland New Zealand Spain
Bioengineering   x      
Civil Engineering x x x x x
Environmental Engineering   x x x  
Environmental Engineering x x x x x

Fees

To participate in this program, you will pay a flat internship fee plus your regular FGCU tuition for the number of credits you are taking.  Any financial aid package you would normally get will still remain the same.  Actually, interning abroad can cost about the same as a traditional semester living on campus. Airfare is additional. 

See below for an estimate of fees:

  • FGCU Tuition
  • Internship Program Fee: $1,500
  • Housing: $3,600
  • Total: $5,100 plus FGCU tuition & airfare

Cost Comparison:

Estimated Semester Abroad vs. Semester on Campus 

Expenses

Semester Abroad

 Semester at FGCU (Living on Campus)

FGCU Tuition (12 Credit Hours)

 $ Normal Cost

 $ Normal Cost

Internship Program Fee

 $ 1,500

 

Housing (12 weeks)

 $ 3,600

 $ 4,836.00

Books and Supplies

 $  -  

 $ 600.00

Airfare/Transportation

 $ 800-1,200

 $ 850.00

 

 

 

Estimated Total Cost

 $ 5,900 - 6,300

 $ 6,286.00


Inclusions

  • Internship Placement
  • Pre departure Orientation at FGCU
  • Pre-Departure Handbook
  • On-Site Orientation
  • On-Site Coordinator
  • Visa Assistance
  • Housing
  • International Student ID Card
  • Excursion

Additional Fees

  • Australia only: Work & Holiday Visa (462): approx. $350
  • Optional Airport Pick Up: $150
  • FGCU International Health Insurance: approx. $39/month

Payment Details

  • FGCU Tuition paid directly to FGCU (via virtual courses that you select)
  • Internship Program Fees paid to our affiliate: International Internships LLC:
    • $500 deposit required to initiate placement search (refundable)
    • Remaining balance ($4,600) due upon internship placement confirmation (approx. 60 prior to program start)
    • International Internships accepts applicable financial aid and loan disbursements

Required Information and Documents

  • Biographical information:
    • Name
    • Email
    • Phone
    • Skype ID
    • Address
    • Field of study
  • Program Location
    • Term
  • Documents:
    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Copy of Passport/Driver’s License
    • Photo of applicant
    • Letter from University stating
      • Applicant’s current student status
      • Field of study