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Global Internships

Fairfield University students may take part in an International Internship in many of our locations abroad.  This unique opportunity will allow the student to develop international knowledge, skills, and abilities for the working world. The Internship gives students:
  • a chance to experience their chosen profession as it is conducted first-hand in another country,
  • an understanding of a new culture and society,
  • and in some cases, is an opportunity to improve one's ability to speak a foreign language.
The primary goals of an intern will be to continually seek to learn new skills and develop themselves as both individuals and as professional employees. 
There are three types of for-credit internship programs offered by Fairfield University.
  1. GE internshipGlobal Experience International Internship Program in Barcelona, Florence, Galway, Barcelona, Madrid and Sydney.  Fairfield University is pleased to announce a partnership Global Experiences(GE) to offer interested students part-time internships during their study abroad experience at these approved Fairfield University locations. Founded in 2001 and solely dedicated to internship programming GE offers international internship placements between 8 weeks (summer) and 12 weeks (semester) in nearly every career field imaginable.  With an intense focus on career development, GE utilizes its unique partnership with Gallup Education to offer the Clifton StrengthsFinder® to all participants. This career development program includes personalized coaching for each participant, group webinars, and professional document reviews, as well as on the ground workshops and networking events.  Semester students complete 144 hours of internship over 12 weeks during the semester and earn 3 Fairfield University credits for their internship which is part of the academic course load. Fairfield-matrix-majors 2020-21.pdf
Click the image above to view the Global Experience webinar!


2. Center Program and Approved Partner Program On-Site Internships offered through the Fairfield University Center Programs in Aix-en-Provence and Florence.  Some of our Approved Partner Programs also have internship opportunities available to students such as our parterns with Washington Internship Institute and The Beijing Center.  The internship opportunities are for credit and are usually more specialized toward the location, language and/or specialty of the University.

3. Partner Internships in Brazil, Gambia and Tanzania -  these unique summer credit global internship and service opportunities with our partners at Starfish International and Iracambi Research Center offer students an immersive work and culture experience that is transformative.  Please check back as more details will be posted as they become available.

Students must complete all application and material submissions by the deadlines posted in the StudioAbroad Program Page. See links below for current programs. 

Fairfield University Student Options

Non Fairfield Student Options

For more information contact Patricia Pivarnik, Associate Director, in the Office of Study Abroad.