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Frequently Asked Global Internships Questions

If you’re interested in travelling, experiencing what its like to work in another country and experiencing other cultures, then a global internship may be for you.

Hopefully any questions and concerns that you may have regarding global internships can be answered below, however if not then please contact the Global Experience Opportunities team for direct support.

Who can apply?

The global internships are open to all Stage 2 Undergraduates, both home and international. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after you return from the internship and you will be required to bring your passport to interview as proof.

You are not permitted to apply to internships which take place in your country of birth, e.g. Indian nationals will not be considered for internships which take place in India.

When and where?

The RBI and NISM programmes last for 6 weeks from late June.

The Tata programme lasts for 6 weeks from early July.

The China programme (Xiamen) lasts for 4 weeks from early July.

The Tanzania and Rwanda programmes last for 4 weeks from early July.

The Newcastle programmes last for 3 weeks from late July.

How much does it cost and is funding available?

The cost of your internship will depend on the programme you apply for and rough cost estimates are provided in the internship details.

The Business School pays for:

  • Your visa
  • travel Insurance (if you decide to travel after your internship, you will need to purchase additional travel insurance)

You pay for:

  • secure accommodation sourced by us (£250-£500 – although some internship programmes provide this for free)
  • Flights (usually between £500 – £700)
  • Spending money
  • Any necessary vaccinations

All selected students are entitled to apply for a bursary to contribute towards travel costs of up to £1000. The decision to grant you a bursary is based on the quality of your application. The amount of bursary granted will take into account the programme you are going on, as well as the total number of bursary applications received.

What support will I receive from the University?

We will provide you with:

  • Comprehensive insurance, health & safety and country specific pre-departure briefings
  • Programme handbooks and survival guides written by last year’s students
  • Pre-departure video conference with host companies and students from partner universities
  • Travel insurance during the internship
  • Dedicated health & safety emergency contact number 24/7
  • Guidance from the Careers Service before and after your internship and support on completing the NCL+ award.

Can I apply for more than one internship?

Yes! As each application asks different questions we would advise applying for no more than four programmes in total. Your application to each programme will be reviewed independently and we recommend tailoring each application to each programme.

I am an international student. Can I apply?

Yes, if you are a 2nd year undergraduate student. Please note you are not permitted to apply for programmes which take place in your native country, e.g. Chinese students are not allowed to apply for the Xiamen programme.

I am a postgraduate student. Can I apply?

Our global internships are not currently available to Postgraduate students.

Postgraduate Students however are invited to apply for Regional

I am a Combined Honours student. Can I apply?

Yes, providing you are a Stage 2 student.

What skills will I develop?

These internships give you the fantastic opportunity to differentiate yourself from your peers, which will help when you come to applying for a graduate job. Previous GEO interns have gone on to work for companies including Santander, Accenture, BT and the Civil Service Fast Stream.

How do I apply?

Applications for Global Internships open soon, so please keep an eye out across our website and social media channels. There is a different application form for each programme, so if you are applying for numerous internships you will need to submit a different application for each programme.

Think about what to write in your application – you may wish to type your answers in Microsoft Word first as the form cannot be saved.

When do applications open?

Applications for the 2018 internship programme open on Monday 10 December 2018.

When do applications close?

Closing date for applications for the 2019 internship programme will be announced in due course following the opening of applications.

What happens once I’ve submitted my application?

You will receive a message informing you that your application has been submitted. You will not receive an email confirmation that the application has been submitted.

Once the application deadline passes we will assess your application based on our eligibility and quality criteria. Students will be evaluated on the quality of their CV and responses to application questions that gauge interest in the specific programme and your cultural awareness.

You will receive confirmation of the status of your application via email. At this stage you will either:

  • be invited to interview
  • receive an email informing you that your application has not been successful

Due to the high volume of applicants we receive it is not possible to provide feedback on specific applications, although feedback can be given if you are invited to interview.

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