Are you ready for summer?

You have come to the right place. Learn about BC summer faculty-led programs and internships abroad. Take a look at our current offerings and chose a program that best meets your academic and personal goals. Meet with advisors and speak with faculty leaders. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in October. Start early if you also plan to apply for scholarships and grants.

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“What really sets my experience apart from those of dozens of other applicants is the fact that I interned in a foreign country. It shows that I can adjust to new and different environments, communicate and work with people from very different backgrounds.”
2018 Dublin Internship Participant

Summer Internships 


 

Summer internships abroad provide students with an opportunity to gain invaluable professional and intercultural skills that prepare them to excel academically and professionally in our increasingly globalized world. By living and working abroad, students learn to navigate cultural difference in social and professional settings through full immersion in the culture of their host city and gain a global perspective. In addition, participation in international internships affords students increased confidence, tolerance for ambiguity, and strengthened communication skills.

Applications for eight-week summer internships in Dublin, Hong Kong, Madrid, Paris, and Prague are due February 5. An advising appointment is mandatory for all internship applicants prior to submission of the completed application.

Some students choose to intern abroad in lieu of a traditional study abroad experience during the academic year, while others opt to extend their time abroad through a summer internship. In either situation, an internship abroad affords students ample opportunity to develop skills that are highly valued in careers in both the public and private sectors, including:

  • Enhanced cultural awareness, sensitivity to customs, and cultural differences
  • Intercultural competency
  • Global perspective and awareness of political, economic, and cultural issues
  • Foreign language proficiency

 

  • Adaptability, ability to step out of one’s comfort zone
  • Problem-solving skills, crisis management
  • Communication skills: ability to listen, observe, and interact with others
  • Increased confidence and initiative
  • Clarification of goals and improved self-awareness

Pre-Departure

Take time to prepare for your abroad experience by updating your professional documents, meeting with an advisor at the Career Center, and setting aside time for reflection on how this experience fits into your larger academic and professional goals.

Identify skills to develop when you go abroad by conducting a skills audit. What are your strengths/weaknesses? Which skills do you want to develop? What other professional development and networking opportunities can you pursue while abroad?

While Abroad

Update your professional documents to reflect your abroad experience, network in your host city by connecting with BC alumni, identify transferable skills you are developing, and take time to reflect by keeping a journal or blogging.

Re-Entry

Identify the skills you gained during your time abroad through self-reflection on experiences that were particularly meaningful. Practice articulating your experience to potential employers through mock interviews and in your professional documents:

  • Shape your abroad narrative: What were the most memorable aspects of your time abroad? What were the most challenging aspects? How do these experiences illustrate personal and professional growth that you can articulate in an interview, cover letter, or personal statement?

  • Conduct a skills audit: what new skills did you acquire or further develop as a result of your abroad experience?

  • Update your resume, cover letter(s), and LinkedIn profile to highlight how your abroad experience fits into your larger academic and professional goals

  • Schedule an advising meeting with the Summer & Internships Program Manager or Career Center staff for additional feedback and support  

In a word: challenge. A summer internship abroad is a busy, full-time professional experience. International internships are incredibly enriching, but a successful experience requires students to be self-motivated, flexible, and open-minded.

In addition to the challenge of adjusting to a full-time work schedule, students also grapple with immersion into a new culture, a new living situation, and (in select programs) a new language. A positive attitude, consideration of personal goals prior to departure, and a willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone are crucial to ensuring that the experience is both personally and professionally rewarding.

Advising


 

Applicants are not required to meet with an advisor for summer programs, with the exception of those applying to internships abroad. For students interested in any other BC summer programs abroad, an advising appointment is optional and does not impact their application. Advising appointments should only be made after reviewing the information below.

  • Explore the Website: Review the content on the summer program landing page and associated resources for general information.

  • Review your Degree Audit: Determine how participation in a summer program might fulfill core requirements or departmental electives according to your academic goals and needs.

  • Consider your Goals: Brainstorm how participation in a summer program might  help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

If you would like more information on choosing a summer program, financing the experience, or other general questions, you may book an appointment with the relevant advisor via the column on the right. 

Questions regarding the academic content of a particular summer program should be directed to the faculty leader. Please review the program-specific pages for faculty contact information.

How to Apply

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Deadlines

Summer Applications open - rolling admissions
October 1
Summer Applications due
February 5

BC Students

  • Submit an online application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on your first-choice program by browsing My OIP. 

  • Contact the faculty leader to discuss your interest in the program and any questions regarding academics.

  • If necessary, attend a general information session or schedule an advising meeting. Note that applicants are not required to meet with an advisor for summer programs, with the exception of those applying to internships abroad.

External Applicants (non-BC students)

All summer programs, with the exception of internships, are open to non-BC students. External applicants must be undergraduates fully matriculated in an accredited institution of higher education at the time of participation in the program.

  • Submit an online application by clicking the “Apply Now” button on your first-choice program page. Then create an account. 

  • Contact the faculty leader to discuss your interest in the program and any questions regarding academics.

  • If you would like to speak to the summer advisor, please email summerabroad@bc.edu. We are happy to speak with you by phone or in person.

Graduating Seniors & Graduate Students

  • BC graduating seniors are eligible to participate in summer programs pending approval from the OIP. Interested applicants must contact the Summer & Internships Program Manager for more information. If students graduate prior to participation in summer programs, they will be billed as external students.

  • BC graduate students are eligible to participate in summer programs but are subject to the tuition rate of their own graduate school.

Deadlines and Important Dates

October 1 - February 5 Summer Applications open - rolling admissions; meet with an advisor
February 5 Summer Application due
February 20 Summer confirmation forms due
March - April Visa applications and medical appointments as necessary; Pre-departure orientation & purchase airline tickets
May Billing and BC grants posted via Agora account; payment due prior to departure
The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.