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Call it what you will: Remote Internship, Virtual Internship, Online Internship, Tele-working, Telecommuting, it all means the same thing: you will be completing your internship without a commute and directly from your own laptop!

Remote internships mean that you can work with companies across the country or globe to support a myriad of projects ranging from basic social media support to full business projects, website designs, market reports, financial assessments, usability testing code, and much much more.

When completing a remote internship many of the same aspects of a traditional in-person internship still exist including, meetings with your supervisor or teammates, completing a mix of individual and group projects, and learning about the overall company culture and the industry it works in.

Scholarships

Virtual Internships Scholarship
Win $1,495 to intern online this summer!

Virtual Internships knows that understanding the value of a remote work experience, and finding the time, resources, and opportunity to complete one may not always go hand in hand. To ensure that you can get the most out of your virtual internship, we are offering an opportunity for interested students to apply for a fully-funded program scholarship.

Value
$1,495

Reviews

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Morgan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely loved my internship experience. I had the opportunity to gain real-world knowledge all while enjoying myself with engaging projects. I was nervous about a global internship at first because I hadn't ever worked in another country, but quickly felt right at home and was able to learn so much. I gained experience in marketing, sales, and even wrote articles for the company. It was such a great experience and I would advise anyone who is thinking of taking part in this program to definitely do so.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Dive right in! Don't be afraid to ask questions or be hesitant to try something new.
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Kaisha
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was a great opportunity to gain work experience and gain connections anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. This experience allowed me to develop a number of transferable skills in the business area I was most interested in. It’s a great addition to add to your CV and employers are always interested in a candidate who’s worked for an oversees firm. As the experience was virtual I was able to complete it from anywhere in the world at times that were most convenient for me.

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Anya
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Virtual Internships were brilliant at matching me and my interests to a company that helped me get the most out of the program. I gained lots of experience and it was so useful having people in the industry I want to work in (the media industry) to talk to and ask questions about how it works and how to get my foot in the door.

The online resources from Virtual Internships was mostly good, it definitely motivated to keep making sure I was getting the most out of my internship. Some of the information was quite outdated or sometimes contradictory though, so I would take their online advice with a pinch of salt!

You also get two meetings with a mentor, one halfway through your internship and one at the end, and that was definitely very useful in making sure I was keeping track of what I was gaining from the internship, as now I know exactly what to put in my CV for it!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Make sure I am communicating to the company what I want out the program from the outset - I started doing this halfway through my internship and it was brilliant once I did this.
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Julian
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I got to experience working as a financial data analyst for a UK company, and it was an eye-opening experience as I got to learn more about finance as an industry, which has definitely helped me in my graduate recruitment journey!
As this internship is virtual, I also gained valuable skills in how to work effectively and independently when working at home. My manager was very supporting, and the Virtual Internships team was very helpful in answering all my queries.
If you are struggling to find work experience, do give Virtual Internships a try as you will definitely gain a lot out of the programme.

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Ellie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was set up with a marketing agency in China during summer 2020 and learned so much about the industry. It was invaluable experience that has helped me secure a competitive graduate scheme! I worked for 20 hours a week, giving enough time for enjoying the summer, as well as undertaking supplementary courses. There was also a lot of extra course content from Virtual Internships themselves, as well as really enjoyable webinars on topics such as interview skills. It is also an amazing opportunity to gain well valued international experience.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jillian Low

Job Title
Chief Academic Officer
Jillian Low: Virtual Internships

What is your favorite travel memory?

When exploring Angkor Wat in Cambodia, my two friends and I got separated wandering around old ruins. 20 minutes later when we converged, I had met a local man and his toddler who shared their breakfast with me despite not sharing any language, my friend the environmentalist had met a group of students looking at water conservation, and my other friend had a new painting from a local artist. The wide depth of our 20-minute organic experiences is precisely why I love travelling, anything can happen, and the world seems full of characters with more similarities than differences.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working at my current company is not something I envisioned for myself at 20, nor even at 30, yet it has allowed me to truly understand the way that you can weave a professional career that takes sharp turns, leaps, and tumbles without losing yourself or passion. Career progression is non-linear, and the path so clear to you at 20, is sure to be different 5, or 10 years later. By learning to embrace the turns, rise to the challenge of change, and think innovatively, I have been able to grow rather than become stagnant during these ever-challenging times.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Our 2020 participants had few other options than virtual opportunities due to the global pandemic. While the outcomes could have been dreary, by and large, they were uplifting, hopeful, and really embracing global remote work. One student, in particular, was really surprised by the opportunity to gain global fluency, and while based in the UK, he was hired as a contractor after his experience, and now works with a team in Vietnam and San Francisco.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Our program offers remote internship opportunities within 18 career fields, if I could pick any program I would love to choose a Virtual Internship in Computer Science & Technology. While I have limited coding skills, the opportunity would let me work for a really dynamic tech start-up, and past interns have supported blockchain technology, robotics, and AI support.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

In 2018 long before COVID my company started supporting virtual internships, to ensure that any student no matter the barriers could gain global work experience. That foresight allowed us to be well-placed and ready in 2020 when the world went fully remote temporarily, and the ability to think innovatively before it was necessary, makes me really proud of my team and company. Our company is unique due to its sole focus on remote work ensuring all programming supports and inclusions are specifically curated for the best support.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Being a successful company requires really strong leaders who have a clear mission and 'why'. Moreover, that leadership needs to be able to trust their staff to embolden autonomy, creativity, and process-driven solutions. While it seems simple, it's not always easy to find a successful marriage of leadership and autonomy, but when a company can find it, success is sure to follow.