If you have thought about studying abroad but not sure you want to be in a traditional classroom environment, you may wish to consider interning abroad, which is also eligible under the Gilman Scholarship. The U.S. Department of State is placing an emphasis on interning abroad and has set aside funds dedicated to encourage more students to do so.
The Gilman Program seeks to prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in the increasingly global economy and the skills students gain abroad during internships can enhance their career development in unique ways. Students going on credit-bearing, career-oriented internships are encouraged to apply for the Gilman Scholarship.
If you would like to consider interning abroad as you apply for the Gilman Scholarship, click here for additional resources.
Gilman Alumni who have participated in internships abroad have noted the following skills gained from their internship experience:
- intercultural skills
- foreign language proficiency
- understanding of business culture abroad
- direction and clarity of career goals
Alumni Internship Profiles
||Recipient: Fawziyya Muhammad
Home Institution: George Washington University
Internship: Business Carbon-trading
View Fawziyya's profile (327 KB, PDF)
|"Through my internship experience, I was able to understand the role of China and the United States in carbon emissions, familiarize myself with the carbon-trading market, and participate in the culture and norms of the country."
||Recipient: Alec Short
Home Institution: University of Montana, Missoula
Internship: The Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development
View Alec's profile (422 KB, PDF)
|"My understanding of Islamic Culture has increased, as well as my cultural competence for this region. The internship has made me a more confident individual, and the work that Ruwwad accomplished has highlighted important career goals for myself."
||Recipient: Hannah Allen
Country: South Africa
Home Institution: University of Kentucky
Internship: The South African Institute for Advancement
View Hannah's profile (433 KB, PDF)
|"Interning at a non-profit helped me realize that I enjoy desk work, but I also thrive in applied and hands-on tasks. I learned that I enjoy analytical, logical, practical, and creative work."
||Recipient: Brad Crofford
Home Institution: Southern Nazarene University
Internship: U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin
View Brad's profile (343 KB, PDF)
|"On a professional level, my internship has confirmed my interest in an international career, and I am now planning to pursue a career with the Foreign Service."
||Recipient: Valeria Yermakova
Home Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Internship: National University of Singapore Global Internship
Play Video (2:51)
View Transcript (329 KB, PDF)
|"In the States there aren't that many opportunities to work in a consulting firm as a first year student, so I was very fortunate to get this position here."
||Recipient: BaDoi Phan
Home Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Internship: National University of Singapore Engineering Research Internship
Play Video (2:29)
View Transcript (293 KB, PDF)
|"Just from the research and the research process, I've so far gained communication skills working with clinicians, with professors... gaining my resources."
Resources for Internships Abroad
Finding Internships - Searchable databases for internships all around the world.
Maximizing Your Internship - Resources to help students make the most of their internship abroad.
Articulating Your Internship - Resources to help students articulate their internship experience in interviews.