CIS Abroad Internship Program
Students also work with the Berry College Career Center to complete
relevant internship paperwork.
Locations: Australia (Sydney, Melbourne); China (Shanghai); Costa Rica (San Jose); Ecuador (Quito); England (London) with academic component; France (Paris); Ireland (Dublin); Italy (Florence); Mexico (Cuernavaca); New Zealand (Wellington); Scotland with academic component (new - TBD); Spain (Barcelona)
Number of on-site staff: will vary but all sites have CISAbroad staff present
After hours emergency phone number: 413.210.7091
Terms of study:
Australia (Sydney, Melbourne) – 6-12 weeks
China (Shanghai) – 4-12 weeks
Costa Rica (San Jose) – summer, 16 weeks
Ecuador (Quito) – summer, 4-12 weeks
England (London), with academic component – summer, 8 weeks
France (Paris) – summer, 8 weeks
Ireland (Dublin) - summer
Italy (Florence) – 6-15 weeks
Mexico (Cuernavaca) – summer, 6 weeks
New Zealand (Wellington) - 4-12 weeks
Scotland – summer, with academic component (new - TBD)
Spain (Barcelona) – 6-15 weeks
Approximate dates of terms: Programs will have set arrival dates; however, departure dates depend on the length of internship the student chooses. England, France, Scotland and Mexico offer only one option in summer, so their dates will be set.
Application Process After student is approved through Berry, the following process takes place:
Application form (online, paper, how to obtain):
Step 1: Complete the
CISabroad Internship Application . This includes the following:
Academic Reference Form
CIS Internship Information Form
Fill out a Language Proficiency Form (if applicable for your program)
Cover Letter to the Placement Agency
$200 application deposit
CISabroad scholarship application (optional)
Step 2: After all of your materials have been received at CISabroad, wait for your acceptance decision!
Step 3: Once you’ve been accepted, we’ll conduct a Skype or phone interview to aid our placement team when we begin the placement process. We want to know more about your skills, your interests, and what type of internship you are looking for. This will give us a chance to talk through the placement process in more detail, and answer any questions you may have.
Step 4: $500 Internship Placement Fee
Step 5: As your internship departure date approaches you will receive a Program Handbook and Pre-Departure Guide to help you know what to expect and how to prepare for your time abroad.
Step 6: Completion of payment
Once you’re in-country: We’ll meet you at the airport and give you an on-site orientation. Your site director and internship coordinator will check in with you throughout the internship program, and make sure you’re doing okay. Finally, you’ll receive a written evaluation after your return home.
Requirements for participation (gpa, references): 2.6 GPA requirement, and reference for application. There is usually no foreign language prerequisite. Student must have completed at least 60 credit hours by time of internship. Student must complete Berry College internship application available through the Career Center.
Application fee: $200 deposit
Deadlines: Rolling admissions, but the deadline for all applications is 90 days prior to the 1st of the month that the program will begin
Credit system (e.g. ECTS) & US equivalent: Most of the programs are non-credit internships, but credit may be available from home university. Only in Mexico do students earn internship credit from the Universidad Nacional. In all other cases, Berry College will issue credit; students work with a home faculty member to determine academic component, assessment, etc. One credit hour equals 45 work hours.
Where language lessons are available, students are assessed by host institution faculty. Costa Rica and Mexico award credit for the language component, and this appears on the transcript (usually 4-5 credits).
Academic advising (how students register for classes): Internships are designed based on the areas of interest and skills of the individual student. Students are interviewed by CISabroad prior to departure and placements are made prior to arrival. Some students will need to interview with the organization via Skype beforehand, or in person upon arrival.
If a placement is not a good fit, on-site staff will work to find a similar placement at another organization.
Only in London will students be required supplement their internship with seminars and lectures, in accordance with Tier 4 guidelines.
In countries where English is not the first language, lessons will be available to students. If credit for language classes is available, this will likely be considered transient credit.
Internship opportunities: Possible fields for internships vary depending on the region, but typically include over 100 placement opportunities in each country. Examples include:
Australia (Sydney, Melbourne) – Architecture, Banking/Finance, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Event Management, Fashion, Food Science, Graphic Design, Hospitality, Human Resources, Information Technology, Interior Design, Law, Logistics, Marketing, Media, Arts, Entertainment, Public Relations, Recruitment, Retail, Student Affairs, Transport and Trade, Travel and Tourism, Web Design, Wholesale
China (Shanghai) – Advertising, Architecture, Art/Design, Business, Communications, Engineering, Event Planning, Fashion, Finance, Law, Marketing, Medicine, Healthcare, Hospitality, IT/Technology, Journalism, Pharmaceuticals, Public Relations
Costa Rica (San Jose) – Advertising, Animal Science or Veterinary, Archaeology (Museums), Arts, Business Journalism, Radio, TV, Design, Education (teaching English as a second language), Engineering, Environmental Science (Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Administration, Education), Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality
Ecuador (Quito) – Animal Rescue Center in the Amazon to combat illegal wildlife trafficking, Early Education Intervention programs to help child workers matriculate from school, Placements within Environmental Education and Organic Farming
England (London), with academic component – Art History/Events Management, Business, Communications/Media, Education, Fashion, Government and Politics, Health Care/Services, History, IT/Computing , Law, Psychology and Social Services , Sports Management, Theater, Travel and Tourism
France (Paris) – Architecture, Advertising, Art, Business, Commerce, Environmental Education, Event Planning, Health & Humanitarian Services, Hospitality, Import/Export, Journalism, Marketing, Media (newspaper, radio), Museums, Radio, Theater, Television, Tourism, Visual Arts
Ireland (Dublin) - Art and Art History, Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Systems, Dramatic and Theater Arts, English for Professional Communications, Forensic Science and Criminal Justice, International Studies, International Relations, and Political Science, Psychology, Recreation, Leisure, and Hospitality, Social Work, Sports Management
Italy (Florence) – Business, Communications, Culinary Arts, Design, Digital Imaging, Education, Event Management, Fashion, Film and Television, Fine Arts, Food Science, Graphic Design, Health, Hospitality, Industrial Design, International Education Program Management, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Media Studies, Performing Arts, Photography, Publishing, Restaurant Management, Special Event Management, Studio Art, Teaching Assistance-ship, Visual Arts, Wine Industry
Mexico (Cuernavaca) – Medical Personnel, Social Work, Business and Economics, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mexican Criminal Justice, Education (semester only), Art (music, dance), Sports, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Environmental Awareness, Anthropology, Computer Science
New Zealand (Wellington) - Animal Conservation, Art, Aviation, Business, Commerce, Education, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Education, Event Planning, Fair Trade, Farming, Graphic Design, Hospitality, Investments, Media (newspaper, radio), Museums, Outdoor Events, Radio, Social Welfare, Sports, Technology, Theater, Television, Tourism, Visual Arts, Wildlife
Scotland – TBA
Spain (Barcelona) – Architecture, Art, Communications, Consulting, Culinary, Dance, Education, Entrepreneurship, Event Management, Fashion, Government and Politics, Graphic Design, Health and Fitness, Human Resources, Information Technology, International Business, International Relations, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Music Industry, Performing Arts, Photography, Public Relations, Teaching English, Tourism
Form of course assessment: Students will arrange this with their home internship adviser
Support (“learning center,” etc.): On-site staff will visit the student’s internship site during the course of the internship. They also provide opportunities for students to reflect on their experience during the program and organize excursions and social activities.
Resources (library, IT): this will depend upon the country
Transcript & grading system (explain US equivalents, avg. length of time between end of term and issuing of transcript)
For the internship, grade will be determined by the Berry College faculty member who serves as the student’s internship adviser.
If completing language lessons or other coursework, after students have completed their coursework at the foreign university and have made all of the appropriate payments, their home institution will be issued a transcript from the host school via CISabroad. In addition to the official transcript, we also provide a transcript translation sheet to facilitate faster acceptance of overseas credits. This process generally takes longer than in the U.S., usually about 8 - 10 weeks. Please keep in mind that students’ academic records will not be released if they have any outstanding financial obligations to the host university or to CISabroad.
Student Support & Life
On-site orientation (length, items covered): The program includes an on-site orientation as well as a pre-departure orientation that discuss health and safety issues as well as providing contact information for individuals in-country who can assist students and information on immunizations.
Students will be introduced to the etiquette of the workplace in the host country. Berry students will attend one of the Career Center’s "Professionalism & Internship Success" workshops.
What is the English proficiency level of the resident director? On-site staff can conduct their jobs in English.
Does institution have crisis management plan? (attach)
Emergency Contact Information
CISabroad offers 24-hour emergency assistance to all students and their parents in the US and in-country. We have on-site contacts available 24/7/365 in all of the locations we operate. These on-site individuals have a network of local contacts (police, fire, hospital, embassy) with whom they can be in communication should the need arise. Also, each CISabroad participant is given an Emergency Information Card which they are required to keep with them at all times. This card provides phone numbers for emergency contacts both in country and in the U.S.
Emergency Response Team
Ethan Ring, Program Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Debiec, Program Manager- email@example.com
Amanda Bernhard, Program Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliza Camire, Program Coordinator –
Suspension and Cancellation Policy
Cancellation or suspension of any program will result if:
The US Department of State issues a travel warning advising US citizens not to travel to a particular country or, if in country, to leave In cases where CISabroad is forced to cancel or suspend a program, or in the case of serious documented illness, the following refund policies will be applied:
- If the program has not yet begun, all funds will be refunded, less the $50.00 application processing fee and any non-recoverable housing/damage deposits.
- If the program has begun, CISabroad will refund any portion of the student's expense that has not been used or committed, less the $50.00 application fee.
What is the level of interaction between students and host country nationals? Because students will be working alongside locals, interaction in the business environment will be high. Home stays are available in most locations, but are typically optional to students depending on the region. Each program includes excursions that include immersion in the country and allow students to experience the culture.
Excursions/activities (indicate additional fees): Excursions vary depending on the program, but at the very least include excursions within the city of study to museums, parks, or other cultural locations. Available excursions can depend on the time of study (in Paris, for example, two-day excursions are available only during the summer internship)
Is there a language partner program? If so, describe: Some locations include language instruction, depending on the structure of the internship. Programs in Costa Rica, Mexico, and China specifically include classes teaching the native language.
Health/counseling facilities: All participants receive medical and accident insurance coverage for the duration of the program which is included in the program fee. Most situations require students to pay out of pocket and then file for reimbursement.
Accommodation for students with disabilities: Notify CISabroad staff early with this information. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply outside the United States.
Required/recommended vaccinations: discussed in pre-departure orientation
Sport/Recreation (indicate additional fees): Because the program is an internship, students will have the opportunity to interact in the city and culture in whatever ways they can find. CIS provides assistance by matching them with an internship organization but organizations or recreation are up to the interests and skills of the individual student.
Drinking policy: Not forbidden, but the danger of alcohol intoxication are discussed in orientation.
Application process: Part of the initial application
Australia- Apartments in the city with single rooms, fully furnished in Sydney, and a home stay with an Australian family in Melbourne
Barcelona- Shared apartments with shared bedroom, kitchen, and living areas or a home stay in a local home with a shared bedroom, two meals per day, and weekly laundry service.
China- Apartments shared with 2-4 other interns; double rooms with shared kitchen and living areas
Costa Rica- Homestay with a single room, two meals per day, weekly laundry service
Dublin- Shared apartments within a short commute of program; shared kitchen and living areas
Ecuador- Homestay with a local family with a shared room and two meals per day
Florence- Shared apartments within short commute of program with shared kitchen and living areas
Mexico- Homestay close to the University with 3 meals per day and a single room
New Zealand- Shared apartments in the heart of Wellington with shared kitchen and living areas
Paris-shared apartments within short commute of program with shared kitchen and living areas
London- Homestay in central London with two meals per day
If host family, how are families selected? Families are vetted by CISabroad staff.
Internet access: typically available at an additional cost
Furnishings (linens, pillow, etc.): Homestays include towels, bed linens, blankets, and pillows
Avg. distance between institution and student housing: walking distance (most housing is either in apartments or Homestay with a short commute to institution)
Tuition: because students earn Berry College credit, they pay Berry's tuition, which goes toward the program cost, plus $100 per credit hour toward the internship adviser's salary
A sample list of prices from one program:
4 weeks: $3,960-$4,590
6 weeks: $4,690- $5,390
8 weeks: $5,190
12 weeks: $6,190- $7,595
Please see website (
http://www.cisabroad.com ) for pricing for each individual program and
http://www.cisabroad.com/files/cisabroad-internship-budgets-program-fees.pdf for program budgets.
Students obtaining Berry College credit will pay an additional $100 per credit hour. If the Berry College tuition is higher than the CISabroad tuition, the credit hour fee can come from the tuition. This is determined on an individual basis.
Housing: Included in program fees
Utilities: Depends on the location, but extras such as internet or phone service are available
Deposit: $200 paid by the student upon submitting application, applied to program
Housing deposit: refundable $500 housing deposit paid by the student
Meals: typically 2 per day, but at some sites fees include 3 meals per day
Other (lab, materials, computing fees): there is a $500 internship deposit that is part of the program fee and paid by Berry College
Personal expenses (books, spending money, etc. – approximate): depends upon country, see
http://www.cisabroad.com/files/cisabroad-internship-budgets-estimated-expenses.pdf for recommended additional expenses
Scholarship opportunities: A scholarship application is available after the initial application is submitted with $200 deposit. $100-$200 for summer; $100-$1000 for semester; early bird registration takes $100 off
Refund policy: $200 deposit is nonrefundable unless the program is cancelled in which case the student will be refunded the fees less a $50 application fee and any funds that have already been used in the processing or programming