Intern Abroad for Academic Credit


As a CIS Abroad participant on an intern abroad program, credit can be earned in two ways.

Option 1: Transferable credit arranged through CIS Abroad

You can earn between 3-12 credits through our partnership with Jacksonville University. Internship credit through Jacksonville University will be reflected as JU 390 – Global Internship on your official Jacksonville University transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Most interns select the 3 or 6 credit options. Interns who need 9 to 12 credits must be enrolled in a 12 – 16 week long program to meet the necessary contact hours.


  • Interns must have completed a minimum of 60 hours (approximately 2 full years) of college or university credit before going on the program.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5


A fee of $75 per credit hour will be added to the program invoice for interns who wish to receive credit from Jacksonville University.

Prices will range as follows:

  • 3 credits = $225
  • 6 credits = $450
  • 9 credits = $675
  • 12 credits = $900
How is credit given?
You will be enrolled in our Intern Abroad online course: Working Across Cultures (curriculum details below). You will be assessed on a pass/fail basis unless other pre-arrangements are made with CIS Abroad. The amount of credit is awarded based on the number of hours interned: 135 hours = 3 credits, 270 hours = 6 credits, 405 = 9 credits, 540 = 12 credits. The number of hours that can be completed depends on the length of the program, the type of internship and location. The specific requirements that must be met in order to receive credit are:
  1. Successfully completing each module of the Working Across Cultures Micro-Credential online curriculum during the allotted time, including recording and saving your reflection documents as instructed and actively engaging with and posting responses to the Challenges. 50%
  2. Completing all of your internship work hours and receiving a positive final evaluation from your internship supervisor. 25%
  3. Submitting your 30 second elevator pitch. 10%
  4. Submitting a video, blog, or similar creative deliverable which presents the outcomes/results of your internship experience. 10%
  5. Submitting a quality final LinkedIn profile with a final post about the skills you developed during your internship - you can use your post or blog from #4. 5%
All interns completing the coursework for credit will also automatically earn the Working Across Cultures Micro-Credential.
Jacksonville University, CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner, is a SACSCOC-accredited institution.
Internships Curriculum: JU 390 - Working Across Cultures Global Internship

Through our Excite – Engage – Empower: Career Advancement 360 approach, we aim to help you maximize your internship experience both professionally and personally while earning credit. To do so, we have created a comprehensive online course with expert advice, content, and mentorship to take you to the next level.

You can earn between 3-12 credits through our partnership with Jacksonville University. This credit will be reflected as JU 390 – Working Across Cultures Global Internship on your official Jacksonville University transcript, as well as the range of credits available. Most interns select the 3 or 6 credit options. Interns who need 9 to 12 credits must be enrolled in a 12 – 16 week long program to meet the necessary contact hours.

By enrolling in this asynchronous, online course for credit, coupled with your internships hours, you will be exposed to what it means to work internationally and across cultures, while simultaneously having the opportunity to reflect on how your experiences on-site connect with the theory behind intercultural communication and leadership. Though the curriculum is online, your CIS professor will be actively involved with you through direct messaging. They will be there to support you in every step of your journey including keeping you on track with your assignments. By taking this course, you will leave your internship #careerready!

Excite – Engage – Empower: Career Advancement 360


Through exploratory reflection exercises your professor will help you identify your current strengths, skills, and abilities, as well as your career goals and internship objectives. By helping you understand how your cross-cultural internship experience will impact your future, you will be motivated to make the most of your placement opportunities.


Together, your CIS professor and onsite directors will help you create a plan that will ensure you use your internship as a springboard for making your future dreams a reality. Through online facilitated challenges and reflection, as well as our onsite Local Life cultural co-curriculum, you will gain insights into your potential career field, apply in-class learning to real-world projects, and deepen your understanding of what it means to be interculturally fluent – in alignment with your career and personal development goals.


The last day of the internship doesn’t mean the end of the career journey! This final stage involves planning for the future – and empowering you to convert your career dreams into realities. With a focus on reflection, utilizing feedback, and identifying concrete action plans, this CIS Abroad course provides you with the tools and support to set you up for future success. And by automatically earning a micro-credential associated with this program, you can share your achievement with your social network and potential employers.

JU 390 Working Across Cultures Global Internship

Program Overview:

The introductory sections of this 10-module course outlines what to expect from your experience, including recommendations on how to get the most from the internship as well as advice from past interns.

In the next few modules we will explore the concept of culture. While we are familiar with our own culture, what happens when we shift across cultures and the rules suddenly seem to change? In order for you to successfully navigate cultural differences, both internationally as well as domestically, you need to have an understanding of what culture is, how it affects your interactions with others, and what skills you must develop in order to be a successful intercultural leader.

Towards the end of your program, you will focus on building your digital brand, including developing an “elevator pitch” based on your internship outcomes as well as establishing a LinkedIn presence where you will start to make professional connections, including your current international colleagues.

At the end of your journey, you will be able to clearly articulate your experience in a variety of interview situations. Your professor will help you map out the next steps in your career path, including creating a final deliverable for your portfolio which represents the outcomes/results of your internship. You will also automatically earn a Working Across Cultures micro-credential to display on social media and your resume.

The Local Life Cultural Co-Curriculum:

Simultaneously with your internship and online course, you will be exploring your new host culture and furthering your cross-cultural competence by participating in the Local Life. CIS onsite staff will serve as mentors and cultural mediators, challenging you to dive deeper into what it means to be culturally aware through a combination of high-energy group activities and focused cultural encounters. You will engage with your fellow students as well as the local community while developing a greater awareness of what it means to be a global citizen.

Program Outcomes

As a result of their internship experience, and in combination with the program curriculum, you will:

  • Be able to apply your academic learning to practical experiences.
  • Have explored, examined, and clarified career goals.
  • Understand your future career within a global/intercultural context.
  • Identify the nuances associated with and develop a level of competence regarding working in a cross-cultural context.
  • Gain practical skills and create an international network of contacts that can be applied toward your future career.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of and open-mindedness toward other cultures.
  • Display an understanding of values, beliefs, traditions, and perspectives different from your own.
  • Be better able to approach life with a higher degree of adaptability, resilience, independence, and self-confidence.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and cope effectively with ambiguous and unfamiliar situations.

Option 2: Credit arranged through your home institution

Many students are able to arrange credit approval through their home universities. Contact your study abroad office, academic advisor, or career services to see if this option is available at your school!


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