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High school students and recent high school graduates have the unique opportunity to complete a virtual internship with a local business or NGO in Latin America or the South Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) to gain first-hand, real-world experience in exploring different industries. This is a unique opportunity to not only learn about a particular company, but to also learn about a field and industry as well as the cultural aspects of working with a company in a different country.

Participants will:

  • Engage in project-based work that contributes to the organization’s business needs
  • Gain real-world experience in a global and virtual setting
  • Learn valuable workplace and digital agility skills to set them apart future job searches

Full-time internships will require a commitment of 32 hours a week; part-time internship placements will require a commitment of 20 hours per week.

API’s virtual internship programming will support your internship success as you engage in activities designed to refine specific skills, orient you to the international workplace culture, guide you through virtual cultural webinars and local visits, and display your learning in a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, e-portfolio, personal websites, digital resumes and more!

What's Included?

  • Advising
  • Internship placement
  • Community-building activities and cultural resources in a digital learning workspace
  • API Digital Badge: Global Workplace Communication or Global Workplace Communication Gold
  • Career readiness materials and support, including how to reflect this experience on a resume and at job interviews
  • Success in remote work resources
  • Access to API alumni network & API Ambassador Program
  • Post-program evaluation
  • Optional international excursion (for participants over 18)

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Cover Letter
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official transcript
  • Resumé/CV*
  • Advising session
  • Required equipment: Laptop with reliable internet access
  • *Your API Program Manager will work with you to draft or refine your resumé or C.V. during your advising session
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep 28, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020 $1,650 Jul 15, 2020 Jul 30, 2020 Jul 30, 2020
Fall Oct 19, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020 $1,650 Aug 31, 2020 Sep 15, 2020

*Flexible dates based on your availability may also be possible, depending on the availability of the host organization abroad.

Program participants will have the opportunity to culminate their virtual learning experience with an optional 7-16 day excursion in January or March 2021! Participants will experience the rich cultural heritage of the country of their choice through various tours, visits to historic sites, and opportunities to experience the local culture firsthand. Participants interested in this option may select one excursion and will be charged an additional fee. Please note that participants must be 18 or older by the program start date. The international excursions require minimum enrollment per location and itineraries are subject to change.

Fall

The week will include guided tours of each city, including Barcelona’s famous Barrio de Grácia neighborhood and a bicycle excursion through central Madrid. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and history, to include language exchanges with local Spaniards and visits to local organizations, including a Spanish ham company – the best ham in the world! In addition, students will dive into the local culture with a flamenco show, rumba workshop, cooking class, and more. Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some churros & chocolate!

Tentative dates: January 3-10, 2021

March dates: March 22-30, 2021

Price: $2280

The week will include a guided tour of central London, including Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, and a flight on the London Eye. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and history, such as a trip to the Bank of England museum, a tour of British Parliament, as well as the opportunity to participate in a guest lecture on the LSE campus! In addition, students will dive into the local culture with tours of Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a West End Theatre show, and more. The week also includes a day trip to Paris by train for students to explore the City of Lights! Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some fish & chips!

January dates: January 3-11, 2021

March dates: March 22-30, 2021

Price: $2,150

The week will include guided tours of each city, including Rome’s famous Trastevere neighborhood, the Gucci Garden in Florence, and St. Mark's Square in Venice. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose them to local culture and history, ranging from museums and art galleries, a wine tasting event, an Italian cooking class, a glass blowing demonstration on the Venetian island of Murano, and more. Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some pizza and gelato!

January dates: January 3-11, 2021
March dates: March 22-30, 2021

Price: $2280

The week will include a guided tour of the diverse neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, including colorful La Boca and its famous Caminito, San Telmo and Montserrat, Retiro and Recoleta. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and history, to include a visit to Palacio Barolo, lunch at one of the city’s historic bares notables, and a visit to the nearby city of Tigre for a Mate tasting - Argentina’s national drink! In addition, students will dive into the local culture with a tango class, cooking class, a tour of the famous Colón theater, and more. The week also includes a visit to Mendoza, Argentina, known around the world for its viticulture. This two-night stay will include visits to local wineries as well as horseback riding and rafting in the Andes Mountains! Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day.

Tentative dates: January 4-12, 2021

Price: $2,100

The week will include various visits and activities around Sydney, including the iconic Sydney Opera House, an opportunity to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, and a visit to the famous Manly Beach. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and indigenous history, to include a visit to an interactive local wildlife park to see some of the country’s native kangaroos and koalas as well as a trip to the Australian Outback to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), an UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, students will spend a day exploring the brilliantly colorful corals and vibrant tropical fish on The Great Barrier Reef!

*Students traveling to Australia will have the option to also join the international excursion to New Zealand for an additional fee and a total of 16-days abroad.

Tentative dates: January 5-13, 2021
(Participants leave the U.S. on Jan 3rd)

Price: $3600

The week will include a guided tour of Auckland, including a visit to the famous black sand beaches along New Zealand’s west coast. Students will also travel to Rotorua, known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture, to participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and indigenous history. Activities include guided tours of Hobbiton and the Waitamo Glowworm Caves, a Redwoods Treewalk, as well as a Te Puia Maori performance and Hangi dinner! In addition, students will visit Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of the World! In Queenstown, students will experience the Shotover Canyons on a jet boat ride and explore the famous glacier-formed valleys and beautiful waterfalls of Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park.

*Students traveling to New Zealand will have the option to also join the international excursion to Australia for an additional fee and a total of 16-days abroad.

Tentative dates: January 13-20, 2021
(Participants depart the U.S. on Jan 11th)

Prices: $3,350

What You’ll Study

API’s Virtual Global Internship Program will provide you the opportunity to intentionally grow the skills that employers value in a global context, in a remote setting from home.

Develop skills while working on projects in real-world scenarios, grow a global network of professional contacts and explore diverse workplace cultures along the way. You will be a part of API’s virtual intern community, sharing your experience with API’s network of interns completing internships across the world. As a result, you will also earn a digital badge credential that you can display on LinkedIn that certifies your successful skill development and connects you to job openings and employers that seek your specific skill set. And you will do it all while navigating a variety of digital technologies—another top skill for employers!

Welcome to the APIConnect Virtual Workspace

Connect with global interns in our virtual workspace and navigate activities designed to grow your professional skill set and earn the API Digital Badge in Global Workplace Communication. Level-up your badge with Spanish language if participating in a Spanish-speaking internship.

The workspace will include activities to help you grow these essential skills:

- Critical Thinking + Problem-Solving
- Communication
- Leadership
- Cross-cultural Collaboration
- Professionalism + Work Ethic
- Reflection + Application

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    Laura Bahamonde

    Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to for your API program!

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API’S VIRTUAL GLOBAL INTERNSHIP SUPPORT + SERVICES:

  • A virtual international internship placement with designated supervisor
  • Orientation to working in a virtual environment
  • Orientation to working within a different cultural setting
  • Guided skill development programming designed to enhance your career readiness before, during, and after the internship
  • Professional development support in applying your virtual international internship to your unique career pathway
  • Live events to learn about the local host culture facilitated by API Global Guides
  • Digital badge certifying engagement with specific skills in a multicultural setting and access to a job database to connect to employers and job opportunities that require your unique skill set

Our customized internship program will give you the unique opportunity to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high-quality virtual international internship. Our internship program is comprehensive and includes all of the key services and support to enhance your experience. We will help you through every step of the process from the application stage to the culmination of your internship. Your first step toward this once in a lifetime opportunity is to complete an application.

NGO Placements - Virtual

Make a difference during your virtual internship experience with a non-governmental organization (NGO) working to support communities, solve global issues, or work with marginalized communities and populations while gaining valuable career skills at the same time. Example intern duties might include advocating for social justice issues, assisting with community development, educating on healthcare access, planning and facilitating fundraising events, and administration.

Common Internships:

  • Advocacy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • International Development

Business Placements - Virtual

In a world where borders are increasingly fluid, it is imperative that business leaders of the future recognize how to navigate global challenges through cultural understanding, market knowledge, and cross-cultural communication skills. Because many companies have international operations or clients overseas, global skills and experience are often a prerequisite. Real world international work experience can also open up employment opportunities in a competitive job market. Example intern duties might include administration, developing a marketing strategy, creating proposals, budgeting, analyzing data, client relationship management, research, and presentations.

Common Internships:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Development
  • Business Operations
  • Customer Service
  • Financial Analyst
  • International Trade
  • Logistics
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Startups

Advertising, Communications, and Journalism Placements - Virtual

Those seeking careers in advertising, communications, and journalism are well suited for global work experience. Many advertising companies work with global clients and journalism often is international in scope. Having a global perspective in these fields is an asset, so stand out with an international internship experience! Example intern duties might include client relationships, copywriting, editing, writing, creative, event management, social media management, website content development, branding, press releases, filming, and communication strategy.

Common Internships:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Copy Writing
  • Event Management
  • Film
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media