Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program | Internships


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

Fawziyya Muhammad Recipient: Fawziyya Muhammad
Country: China
Year: 2011
Home Institution: George Washington University
Internship: Business Carbon-trading
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"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."
Alec Short Recipient: Alec Short
Country: Jordan
Year: 2012
Home Institution: University of Montana, Missoula
Internship: The Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development
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"My understanding of Islamic Culture
has increased, as well as my cultural
competence for this region. This
internship has made me a more confident
individual, and the work that Ruwwad
accomplished has highlighted important
career goals for myself."
Hannah Allen Recipient: Hannah Allen
Country: South Africa
Year: 2012
Home Institution: University of Kentucky
Internship: The South African Institute for Advancement
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"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."
Brad Crofford Recipient: Brad Crofford
Country: Benin
Year: 2012
Home Institution: Southern Nazarene University
Internship: U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin
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"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."
Valeria Yermakova Recipient: Valeria Yermakova
Country: Singapore
Year: 2013
Home Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Internship: National University of Singapore Global Internship
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"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."
BaDoi Phan Recipient: BaDoi Phan
Country: Singapore
Year: 2013
Home Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Internship: National University of Singapore Engineering Research Internship
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"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.

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