Virtual Global Internship in New York City

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New Offering
Spring 2021
Virtual Options

The international experience that gives you the most complete cultural and professional experience from home.

Remote work isn’t the future way global business will function – it’s the present. With a virtual internship in New York City, with its global mix of people, start-ups, and organizations, you’ll work on projects from your home base while adding perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your academic studies to real-world projects, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it’s like to work remotely across time zones and cultures. Through comprehensive support every step of the way, this program is specifically designed to ensure your success. With guided modules on building your self-brand, working remotely across cultures and owning your career, you will improve your communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking skills while building meaningful professional relationships.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 140-230 contact hours
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!


  • Gain on-the-job experience without leaving your home - and earn credit!
  • Flexible schedule - complete your desired hours over 6 weeks
  • Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to New York City
  • Build your self-brand and learn to network remotely through guided modules.
  • Working through internship successes and challenges with peers and mentor in structured seminars.

Internship Placements

Finance - Virtual internships available in New York

Below are a few sample Finance - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Finance - Virtual internships
<h4>Intern at NYC Financial Tech Startup</h4>

Intern at NYC Financial Tech Startup

Jump into the highly innovative fintech industry, working with a startup in New York that uses technology to provide financial services to fast growth firms in their planning and capital-raising. You’ll perform software quality assurance, assist with documentation processing, and conduct competitive analysis.

<h4>Intern at Independent Finance Services Company</h4>

Intern at Independent Finance Services Company

Support a company in the heart of the World Financial Center in NYC and gain exposure to all aspects of the industry, from sales and marketing to portfolio management and compliance. You’ll monitor the major economic indicators, screen different markets using technical and statistical indicators, perform legal research on securities rules and regulations, as well as support the sales department with research and client development.

IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships available in New York

Below are a few sample IT & Computer Systems - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships
<h4>UX/Web Designer at E-Commerce Company</h4>

UX/Web Designer at E-Commerce Company

Hone your website design skills as you support a company in New York City with expertise in developing e-commerce and m-commerce sites. Learn how to properly design a digital shopping experience for a variety of different industries while you gain firsthand experience and significantly enhance your portfolio. Tasks include research, competitive analysis, user analysis, user flows, user journeys, site map, wireframing, and interaction design.

<h4>Software Engineer at Consulting Firm</h4>

Software Engineer at Consulting Firm

Gain real-world software engineering experience at a thriving boutique DevOps consulting firm in NYC. You’ll work collaboratively with small teams of skilled software engineers to creatively solve problems and explore new technologies. Learn how to build for users, understand how organizations around the world work with data, and solve complex issues for data teams.

Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships available in New York

Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships
<h4>Sales Intern at Industrial Distributor</h4>

Sales Intern at Industrial Distributor

Develop an in-depth understanding of the sales and marketing world while working for an industrial equipment distributor in the automotive industry in New York City. You’ll gain firsthand experience with competitor analysis, opening and closing sales accounts, and building customer relationships.

<h4>Marketing Strategist at NYC Real Estate Firm</h4>

Marketing Strategist at NYC Real Estate Firm

Gain marketing experience while working for a fast-paced company that virtually connects international real estate brokers with new development projects in New York City. Learn firsthand how to build a brand new marketplace. Work with a small team to follow and execute a marketing strategy while building your own professional portfolio.

<h4>Social Marketing at Arab-American Nonprofit</h4>

Social Marketing at Arab-American Nonprofit

Support an Arab-American non-profit organization in NYC in their mission to provide education and professional development resources to their community across the U.S. through social media engagement. You’ll gain experience in managing social media platforms, writing engaging content that appeals to underserved minority students, and recruiting and maintaining a network of student organizations.

Program Details

Your Virtual Experience

The Experience

Once you apply and submit your $90 deposit, you’ll have a Skype interview with your CIS Abroad Program Enrollment Coordinator to learn more about your work experience and goals so we can ensure the best-fit internship placement for you in New York City. We’ll also make sure you get pre-program support to ensure you’re feeling great about your virtual experience.

Online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship. CIS Abroad teaching assistants, under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context. Modules include Building Self-Brand, Working Remotely Across Cultures, and Own your Career.

About Our Partner


Look forward to “face-to-face” meetings with your host organization supervisor in New York City at least once a week to ensure you’re on the same page and get additional feedback and direction on your project. This will also help you practice key skills like facilitating a remote meeting and working with remote colleagues in a cross-cultural setting. Additional, daily communication with your supervisors is expected – you’re already a pro at technology platforms, so this will be second nature to you.


Whether you’re taking this internship for credit or not, online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship in New York City. We have an awesome itinerary planned for you: from a cultural orientation before you start working, to how to best work remotely in the country and city you chose, to meeting our site directors around the globe, to how to make sense of it all and know what skills you gained. All in six weeks! 

See below for the 7 online seminars that span your 6-week experience. Check out the Academics tab for our comprehensive Virtual Global Internship course syllabus that includes more details on each seminar.

Our course is structured around 7 main elements:


You’ll participate in an online, interactive cultural orientation with CIS Abroad staff, giving you tools for success working within that culture.


You’ll explore each of the four Remote Work modules, learning the fundamentals of working in a remote environment and across cultures, before reflecting with other virtual internship participants.


Guided by your on-site supervisor, you’ll work on specific tasks and assignments that meet the needs of your internship organization.


This online seminar offers an opportunity to reflect on your personal drivers, values, and how you want to be perceived as a professional entering the workforce.


To be successful in navigating both international and domestic cultural differences, you need an understanding of what culture is, how it affects your interactions with others, and what skills you must develop in order to be successful intercultural leaders.


CIS Abroad Site Directors will facilitate live cross-cultural debriefing sessions each week


You’ll be guided through an individual reflection to help you articulate your experience in order to increase employability.

Virtual Intern for Credit

With a Virtual Global Internship, you will work on a project for an international organization from your home base in the U.S. while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it is like to work remotely across time zones and cultures.


You will participate in the Virtual Global Internship course, developed by our Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jennifer Engel who has been teaching culture and career-oriented courses online for more than 10 years. This course is made up of 7 seminars.

Contact hours

Depending on the number of hours worked per week, each six week internship comprises a total of 140-230 contact hours. This means that you may be able to combine this internship with university coursework, a regular job, or another internship.


3 credits per six-week internship is available through our partner, Plymouth State University. To learn more about how to earn credit, please read our Virtual Intern for Credit information. Credit may also be available through your home university. 


All participants in this program are eligible to earn a Working Remotely Across Cultures Microcredential at no extra charge! Make sure you opt in at the beginning of the course.

Why Virtual Life in New York City

A densely populated metropolis sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic, more than 8 million people call New York City home. New York City’s reputation as a cultural and business capital attracts a global mix of people, startups, and organizations – all looking for new and creative ways to grow their presence. Experiencing NYC virtually will set you up for success as soon as you can visit. From a drone borough tour that shows you NYC from the Bronx to Battery Park, to exploring a 3D version of the city, your comfort in learning the Big Apple will last. 

Though you’ll be interning virtually, building a connection to your host location will be easier than you think. Access to the greatest museums is easier than ever, from the Guggenheim to the Natural History Museum. Appreciate the beauty of Central Park with a guided virtual tour and take in all the famous (and hidden gem) landmarks from the New York Landmarks Conservancy video series.

Live La Vida Local

  • Virtual Street Art Mural Tour

    NYC is known for being a blank canvas for street artists, from Keith Haring to Banksy. Explore these beautiful works in 360 degrees.

  • Film Life

    Learn about the New York Latino Film Festival and watch featured shorts, films, and documentaries

  • History Buff Heaven

    Learn about the more than 350 oral histories from New Yorkers on the Coney Island History Project’s website

What's Included


  • CIS Abroad advising support throughout placement process and duration of internship experience
  • Support pursuing university credit (optional)
  • Pre-Departure and Post-Program seminars to set you up for success
  • Daily/weekly check-ins with host organization supervisor
  • Internship Placement Confirmation Guide, which lays out the project work and outcome of the remote internship
  • Opportunity to present end-of-program project results to supervisor and/or remote organization
  • Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
  • Virtual La Vida Local Online Series

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support


Add to your program for no extra fee!

As a virtual intern, you have the opportunity to earn a micro-credential from CIS Abroad! Having a highly visible addition to your resume or LinkedIn profile can help you stand out from other job seekers. It’s a fast-track way to identify demonstrated skills that make YOU a more valuable contributor to an organization.

Learn more about the Working Remotely Across Cultures micro-credential.


If you’re interested in earning this micro-credential, please message your instructor by the beginning of the second week of your virtual internship. In your online classroom, see the Events tab in the left sidebar menu for the exact deadline!

Dates & Prices

  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Dec 15
    Nov 15
  • Arrival: February 8
  • Departure: March 19
  • Price: $1,690
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Feb 1
    Dec 15
  • Arrival: March 29
  • Departure: May 7
  • Price: $1,690
Additional Information:

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.