Virtual Internship Program for International Students
Don't put a hold on planning your career. Intern abroad - virtually.
To launch a career after college, you need more than a degree. You need real-world experience, the right skills and expertise to succeed in a competitive and rapidly changing job market. The Washington Center's Virtual Internship Program for International Students provides exactly that - all from the comfort of your home.
It was a big change from interning for three weeks in D.C., to then doing it in my parents’ house. However, there’s still a lot to be gained and I feel like I’m learning every day what it’s like to be in the workplace, including thinking outside the box and being flexible about doing my work differently.Kelsey Ballard, Spring 2020 Education and Communication Intern, Washington Performing Arts
Unable to travel abroad? No problem. Make the most of these uncertain times by building towards your future career with a virtual internship. You’ll gain:
- Real-world professional experience in your chosen field
- Access to TWC's professional network of internship sites
- Career development training, mentoring and one-on-one career advising, without ever leaving your home
- Skills that will help you thrive in a virtual work environment, which is quickly becoming the new norm
To be eligible to participate in the Virtual Internship Program for International Students, you must:
- Be a non-U.S. citizen
- Be a current college student, a recent college graduate (no more than 18 months post-graduation); or a graduate student
- Score 80+ on TOEFL iBT (or equivalent English language exam e.g. IELTS, TOEIC)
- Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
- Hold a valid passport
A J-1 Visa is not required for our virtual programs.
What does a virtual internship look like? Here's how you'll be spending most of your time:
You'll intern a minimum of 20-25 hours per week with one of our vetted internship sites, with a dedicated supervisor who will work closely with you over the course of the term. Throughout your virtual internship, you’ll have:
- Substantive assignments and projects from your organization
- A virtual mid-semester check-in with your Career Advisor and supervisor
- Regular check-ins with your supervisor
- An end-of-semester evaluation completed by your supervisor
Your site will make sure to provide you with access to any necessary technology platforms they use to help you work effectively in a remote capacity such as email, Zoom, Slack, etc.
Career Readiness Programming
Take part in virtual career readiness sessions, individual career coaching and discussion boards with Washington, D.C. professionals that will help you get ready to launch your career and stand out from other candidates.
You’ll choose from at least 12 events and sessions throughout the semester, in addition to an orientation session at the beginning of the term:
Professional Development and Career Readiness Sessions
- Resources for launching a career in the age of COVID-19 (e.g. job search, virtual interviews)
- Career marketing sessions (e.g. resume, LinkedIn)
- Job search sessions (e.g. mock interviews, salary negotiations)
- Personal & professional branding (e.g. mission statements, telling your story, building your online presence)
Virtual Career Exploration
- Panel discussions with professionals working in your field
- Virtual Simulations
- Connect with alumni, donors, and other members of TWC’s vast global network of professionals and industry leaders
Throughout the semester, you will have the opportunity to connect these sessions with your own personal and professional goals by working 1:1 with a dedicated Career Advisor.
One night a week, you’ll take part in one of our courses designed to help you step back and reflect through an academic lens on a broader topic. You could fulfill a requirement for your major, delve deep into something you’ve always been interested in or take a course from an industry leader who will also be a great addition to your learning and your network. Courses will be administered through our Learning Management System, and our professors will provide virtual office hours.
If you are a recent graduate or graduate student, participation in the academic course is not required.
To participate in the Virtual Internship Program, you'll need:
- A computer
- Stable internet access
- Weekly availability of 20 - 30 hours
Your cost will depend on TWC's arrangements with your school or institution. Speak to your TWC liaison about the arrangements we have in place for the Virtual Internship Program.
Dates and Deadlines
|Start Date||End Date|
|Fall 2020||August 28||December 3|
|Spring 2021||January 29||May 6|
|Summer 2021||June 7||August 5|
|Fall 2021||August 27||December 2|
|Early Deadline*||Regular Deadline|
|Spring 2021||October 7, 2020||November 4, 2020|
|Summer 2021||February 17, 2021||March 17, 2021|
|Fall 2021||April 7, 2021||May 5, 2021|
* Applying by the Early Deadline gives you the chance to hear from TWC sooner and be considered for internship sites that have earlier internal timelines. Students who apply by the Regular Deadline will still have plenty of great internship options, but some internship sites may already have closed.
How to Apply
Your school may have deadlines that are earlier than the ones listed above, so we encourage you to contact your campus liaison before starting an application. If you’re not sure who your campus liaison is, email email@example.com. Start and submit your online application by clicking the button below. Throughout the process, you can save your application and return to it at a later time. You must include the application documents listed in the section below to complete the application process.
If you're not quite ready to apply or are interested in learning more about the Virtual Internship Program for international students, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You need to submit the following documents along with your application:
- One-page Resumé: Outline your educational background, honors or recognitions, work experience, activities, special skills, etc. Please include any computer-related expertise or foreign language skills, as well as prior internships and community service activities. For tips on how to write an effective resume, read our resume guide. You can also view some sample resumes here.
- Statement of Professional Interest (approx. 100 words): Broadly describe your internship interests, future career goals, skills you're hoping to gain and ways in which you will contribute to your placement site. Please do not specify the name(s) of any particular organization in this statement. If you need help, read our statement of professional interest guide.
- Issues Essay (approx. 500 words): Reflect on a key issue related to your professional field of interest and demonstrate your written communication skills to TWC and prospective internship site supervisors. If you need more help, here are some sample issues essays for you to refer to.
- Official or Unofficial Transcript: Upload your transcript directly into your application.
- Letter of Recommendation: The application will ask you to provide contact information for a faculty member or professional supervisor. TWC will contact your recommender, who will submit their letter directly to us. If you have a GPA below 2.75, you’ll need to submit two letters of recommendation.
- Your TOEFL score (optional)
- Copy of your valid passport ID page
After you start or submit your application, we'll be in touch. If you are accepted into the program and choose to participate, one of our advisors will contact you to explain the internship placement process. Then, your application materials will be sent to internship sites aligned with your interests. Sites will reach out to you if they want to request an interview. After your interviews, sites may extend an offer.
We also encourage you to review our Virtual Intern Policies, which include information on student conduct, billing, grades and more.