When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, a lot of my plans were cancelled. I realised that an online international internship was the perfect combination.
PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) April 29, 2020
Virtual Internships is proud to announce the winners of our fully-funded program scholarships to assist students who are unable to participate in study abroad or in-person internships this summer. Through offering these scholarships, Virtual Internships hopes to support students in accessing global professional experiences while navigating these turbulent times.
The six confirmed winners are:
- Reilly Baker, University of Florida
- Vedeesh Bali, King’s College London
- Elizabeth Ejiwale, University of Auckland
- Malina Gallmeyer, Michigan Technological University
- Maryam Khan, University of Kent
- Arandeep Singh, Coventry University
This program was established to ensure that all students have access to important learning opportunities and can continue to boost their employability and global networks even during these even within the midst of uncertainty. Of all of our scholarship applicants, 93% had their summer plans interrupted by COVID-19 and 61% were planning to complete a domestic or international internship.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, a lot of my plans were cancelled. However, I decided I would make good use of my time by finding online courses and internships. After a bit of research, I realised that an online international internship was the perfect combination— the pre-program training followed by actual work experience is a lot different from in-person domestic internships offered in my country,” Vedeesh Bali, King’s College London.
To further our commitment to supporting communities underrepresented in Study Abroad, 3 of our 6 scholarships were earmarked for students from underrepresented communities. This decision was made to ensure that we continue to seek diversity and inclusivity in professional development and international experiences, as well as knock down barriers for students around the world.
“A scholarship for such a virtual international experience would overcome many obstacles found in an in-person international experience such as lengthy visa applications, the cost of flights, finding an accommodation and dealing with cultural and language barriers that would come with living in a different country.” Elizabeth Ejiwale, University of Auckland.
All six scholarship winners will get full access to our Virtual Internship program and all inclusions. Virtual Internships aims to work with all students to identify their skills gained and apply the experience to their employment outcomes.
“A remote internship through Virtual Internships will offer me the same chance to gain experience, which as an Engineer, is vital to employability after graduation, but with the bonus of working with people from around the world. Additionally, it would not only allow me to gain experience in my field but also to understand and participate in the global economy and to learn the best way to connect with people,” Malina Gallmeyer, Michigan Technological University
“Online/remote work is becoming more and more common with each passing year, and I believe that successfully completing an online internship will demonstrate to employers that I am capable of taking initiative and balancing my own time in order to meet company goals, despite not meeting with my superiors face-to-face every day.” Reilly Baker, University of Florida
Virtual Internships started after recognizing that the future of work was at our doorstep, and more students across the world would need to prepare for remote work experience while creating a network of virtual connections to succeed. Students wanting to gain global work experience can complete an internship from the comfort of their own home, working 20-30 hours per week for 1-3 months. All students are guaranteed an online internship placement in one of their career fields in host companies across the globe and are supported with multiple touchpoints including coaching calls, an online curriculum, and structured project plans.
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