Virtual Global Experiences

Internships are a vital experience for Gies students, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for students seeking meaningful internships. Turn that challenge into an opportunity with a virtual project or internship within an international setting. Below are virtual international projects and internship programs being offered to Gies students. Students are also encouraged to look at Handshake for more virtual internship opportunities. Two opportunities - Vienna (deadline Sept 7) and South Africa (deadline Sept 15) - are available this Fall. Others will be open for Spring.

Costs for participating in virtual international programs vary, but scholarships are available for Gies undergrads, designed to cover ALL of the costs of the virtual international internships.

Gies students participating in virtual international projects are required to enroll in LAS 292 (1-credit, pre-professional course) during the term of their project or internship.

Virtual Vienna

Illinois in Vienna Programs (IiVP) offers three great new Virtual Vienna Projects for Gies students to gain professional and intercultural experience. Interested students should contact Dr. Alexandra Pfefferle (, the Director of IiVP, with any questions. Interested students should also complete the short Project Proposal form found on the LAS Website by September 7.

One of IiVP's most remarkable contacts in Vienna - Marco Macoratti - Head of Sustainable Business Solutions at Mondi Vienna, has developed three different virtual projects in the field of Marketing and Digitalization, described below...


Interact with South Africa (available this Fall)

VACorps in South Africa "Cape Town is one of Africa’s largest business Centers and is home to many well-established companies, SME’s, social enterprises, NGO’s, start-ups and much more. South Africa has an advanced Banking and Financial Services Industry, which is on par with the developed world. The Johannesburg Stock exchange (JSE) is by far the largest and most efficient stock market on the continent and is one of the top regulated exchanges in the world. If you are studying towards a business/finance degree and are hungry for emerging market exposure, a Business and Finance Internship in Cape Town will provide you with an exceptionally enriching professional experience."

Interested students should apply directly at the VACorps website by September 15.

More Info and Apply Here


Connect with Brazil (available in Spring)

Campus B, " partnership with Insper - Institute of Education and Research, is now offering a Team-based internship project in a structured online working format so students can continue to make progress toward their academic and professional goals, while also gaining a global perspective and developing interpersonal skills interacting with Insper students."

"Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside Brazilian students and experienced professionals in renowned organizations. All interns will be placed within an organization working on actual projects, with a dedicated supervisor and a program coordinator based in Brazil for support during the 9 weeks of the program."

More Info Here


Have a taste of Italy (available in Spring)

GustoLab International...During your virtual internship you will work on projects for Italian organizations that focus on food, sustainability & related fields. Have the opportunity to work in teams and receive mentoring through weekly check-ins. During your internship you will gain knowledge through short independent learning modules about food & sustainability, connect with professionals and peers through virtual sessions, workshops and discussions, receive Italian language instruction with an instructor, enjoy the support of a learning facilitator in an online & cross-cultural learning experience and learn to think critically about your entire experience through graded assignments.

More Info Here