RIT’s emergency response team is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world. While it has resulted in a study abroad program disruption for students currently in Italy and China, at this time, all other programs this summer are moving forward as planned. RIT has created a website about the coronavirus that is dedicated to sharing resources and providing up-to-date information about RIT policies and protocols regarding the virus. Please check your email often to learn details specific to your International program or destination if necessary.
In the case of an international emergency call: 1-585-475-3333.
International Experience allows RIT students to work abroad in different countries, cities, and cultures. Our students grow personally and professionally as they experience work in their field of study, adapt to a different work environment, and gain perspective on living in an unfamiliar city.
Make the first step to taking your co-op abroad with this introduction on Career Service’s International Experience. Learn where you can travel around the world through our trusted partners and what steps you should consider before taking on the adventure!
Receiving a different type of work experience has its benefits.
Obtain co-op credit for your work experience
Gain valuable work experience and develop new skills
Understand global issues by experiencing them first-hand
Expand your cultural horizons
Develop your foreign language skills
Expand your professional network
Stand out to future employers through the interview and selection process
The RIT Argentina Internship offers two options in Buenos Aires or Cordoba: A two-week Spanish language course followed by a 10-week internship in your field of study, or a four- to 12-week Spanish language course.
A Door to Italy Internship program provides RIT students with unpaid internships in Genova, Italy. Students can obtain a 4-, 8-, or 12-week unpaid internship. No prior Italian language is required. View the program timeline. (link to PDF: ADTI-Timeline-2019.pdf)
Art and design, business, communication, information technology and computer science, international hospitality and service management, photography, museum studies, physician assistant, film and animation, political science, international and global studies.
The Atlantis Project offers pre-health/pre-med students short-term hospital internships in Spain and the Azores Islands of Portugal. Atlantis Fellows intern at public hospitals, learn about the European healthcare system by shadowing health professionals, improve language skills, and give back to the community by teaching English to local residents.
25 hours/week of shadowing in a hospital
The opportunity to teach English or provide other community service
Participate in a number of excursion activities designed to immerse students in the local culture
CIS Abroad offers RIT students the opportunity to work overseas from a month to a year with customized internships. Its program provides innovative internships in Australia, China, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and Costa Rica. Learn more about CIS Abroad
Cultural Vista Fellowship Program offers an array of personalized and enriching professional internship and training programs in Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. Its program provide customized summer and year-long internship placements tailored to students’ specific skill sets, ambitions, and career aspirations. Learn more about the Cultural Vista Fellowship Program
Global Experiences LLC provides RIT students the opportunity to gain practical unpaid work experience, new foreign language skills, and immersion into a new culture. Experience life as an international intern in Italy, Australia, Spain, France, or the UK. Learn more about Global Experiences LLC
International Exchange of North America (IENA) offers RIT students international opportunities in Australia, Canada, Colombia, and New Zealand. Interns can expect a challenging, once-in-a-lifetime experience of living, working, and traveling overseas. Learn more about the International Exchange of North America
ImmerQi’s professional internship program provide semester co-ops and summer internships in China. RIT students are placed in full-time positions that may be paid monthly by companies for longer placement durations. Students can intern with no prior Mandarin knowledge. Learn more about ImmerQi
Sage Corps is a global entrepreneurship program that allows RIT students to work abroad at tech start-ups full-time along with a stipend from the company. In addition to the work experience, interns also attend tech conferences, networking events, and connect with the Sage Network, a network of business leaders and program alumni who provide career mentorship and job opportunities. Find opportunities in Bejing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Melbourne, Santiago, and Sydney. Learn more about Sage Corps
Stint Ireland provides high-quality gap-year experiences in Ireland, tailored for students who have recently graduated from their program. With a rich network in Dublin, the team is there to guide recent graduates through the placement, pre-arrival, arrival, departure, and post-stint stages. Learn more about Stint Ireland
The Intern Group’s program in Japan offers internships in Tokyo across all career fields and with a variety of leading companies and organizations. An internship in Japan offers students the chance to gain invaluable professional experience in one of the most influential cities while growing their global network and their resume. Learn more about The Intern Group
Our office hosts Virtual Q&As about our International Experience program through Career Connect. Watch our quick presentation on what the program could offer you from anywhere. During the live Q&A, you will chat with an International Experience Advisor to answer any questions on our program and next steps. Due to COVID-19, all virtual sessions are on hold.
If you’re interested in working abroad, it is recommended to start looking six months before your internship/co-op target date. The process can be long in order to correctly process paperwork.
Review the countries you are interested in and the partners available. Take time to view each program to see which experience fits you best. As every partner has a different application process, you can meet with our team to make sure every step is complete.
Apply for the Career Services Travel Grant. This experience must be registered with the Office of Career Services and the student will receive department credit for their experience.
Summer Program: March 1
Fall Program: July 31
Spring Program: October 31
The WIVRA Subcommittee supports RIT students participating in an international co-op, internship, research, volunteer, or fellowship programs.
Always be prepared for the unexpected when traveling for an international work experience. Have the following documentation prepared before departure:
If you do not have one, apply for a passport as soon as possible. The cost for a new passport is $140 and will typically take about four-six weeks to arrive. If you’re in a hurry, there are additional fees for expedited services to receive the passport within two weeks.
All countries require special permission for foreigners to work in their countries. For co-op students, visas may or may not be required. Check with the hiring company for more information.
Cost varies depending on your destination. Through the work abroad partners, work permits and service fees may be included. No programs include plane fare and very few offer room and board. Some overseas jobs may pay enough to cover living expenses, but plan on taking extra spending money to travel and cover living expenses. Financial Aid is not available for students for working abroad.
The U.S. Department of State website will allow you to check the status of a country’s travel advisory and has important tips and information for students. Register your travel abroad plans with the U.S. Department of State prior to your departure through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Language and Culture
Gain firsthand knowledge about your destination by learning the country’s language, cultural etiquette, and national attractions. Use students on campus from that country or students that have attended a co-op program there as a resource. Speaking the native language is not always a requirement for working overseas, but it is best practice to check with the company that you are targeting.
Have local currency with you when you arrive in that country to pay for transportation and other expenses. Credit cards like Visa, Master Card and American Express are widely accepted around the world, but it’s best to notify your bank of your travels to prevent false fraud charges and confirm their global reach. Information on currency conversion is available online.
When working overseas, housing is usually the responsibility of the student or individual looking for a job. Available accommodations will vary by country and specific locality. The following organizations provide housing, at cost, to a student on internship or co-op assignment.
HousingAnywhere: HousingAnywhere is a housing platform where people can rent out rooms to international students. Find rentable spaces in more than 500 cities worldwide. Learn more about HousingAnywhere
International Houses Worldwide: An association of International Houses from across the world, students of different nationalities have the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect and understanding. Locations: Australia, United Kingdom, and Canada. Learn more about International Houses Worldwide
Report Your Experience
To receive a “Satisfactory” (S) grade for co-op on your transcript, the following evaluation documents must be completed and returned to the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education:
Student Co-op Work Report
Students completing a mandatory co-op have to submit a Work Report on their experience for their academic department to review. To get started, select “pending.” Confirm your supervisor’s role and email to successfully complete the report. If your supervisor changes through your program, update their information through the Update co-op supervisor tab.
The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education sends a link to employers with direction to complete a Co-op Evaluation near the end of a student’s co-op term. It is the employer’s responsibility to rate the student’s performance at work, add comments, and submit the form back to the university.