Since 2001, the UCF Global Perspectives and International Initiatives (GPII) has been connecting the campus and Central Florida community to global cultures, ideas and information. For almost as long, GPII student interns and fellows have helped to support our mission of sharpening UCF’s international focus. We offer student internships and fellowships during UCF’s fall, spring and summer C semesters.
Regular duties for our student interns and fellows include, but are not limited to:
- Staying current on global news
- Writing a weekly news brief on a specified issue or region
- Conducting a semester-long research project
- Participating in sporadic professional development opportunities
- Helping facilitate our small and large events
- Representing the office at campus and community functions
- Assisting in various office tasks
- Committing an average of 15 hours a week
Regular feedback on writing, research and professional decorum helps student develop and practice habits and skills that benefit their future careers. Because student opportunities are not limited to a specific major or even university, interns and fellows are able to connect with a variety of students who value a broad global perspective. Most students who pursue internship credit are able to receive it, though requirements vary by major or minor. In addition to the above benefits, students awarded a fellowship also received a stipend for the semester.
We accept applications from actively enrolled college juniors and seniors by credit (60 hours college credit or more) and master’s students from UCF and surrounding colleges. For UCF’s summer C semester, we reserve a position for an outstanding high school senior or rising senior. All applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, submit an online application, and attach a resume, cover letter and an unofficial transcript or degree audit. Any student with a 3.5 GPA or higher will be automatically considered for a fellowship position.
How is COVID-19 affecting internships and fellowships?
Internships and fellowships are back to face-to-face. Internships and fellowships are limited for spring and fall. We accept interns for summer as opportunities become available.
When are the application deadlines?
Fall – August 4th by 12PM (noon) EST
Spring – January 4th by 12PM (noon) EST
Summer – May 4th by 12PM (noon) EST
How do I apply?Online Application
I submitted my application. Now what?
We review all applications after the application deadline. Applicants who are selected will be contacted to schedule in-person or Zoom interviews for the week following the application deadline. We notify all applicants of their application status no later than two weeks after the application deadline. We will not proceed with an application in case the applicant cannot be reached.
What is the difference between an internship and a fellowship?
Although the job duties might be similar, fellows tend to have additional responsibilities. Fellowships have a semester stipend.
Do you accept graduate students?
Graduate students are welcome to apply. Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Generally, Ph.D. students are not considered unless an internship is a requirement for their degree program.
Do you accept non-UCF students?
Yes. An opportunity for a non-UCF student is only available for the summer term. Internships are available to actively enrolled, non-UCF students who meet the eligibility requirements. This is extended to high school students, college students, and students at other institutions. Some fellowships are also available to non-UCF students. Please check the requirements under the ELIGIBILITY section on this page.
Do you accept international students?
Yes. Students have to be actively enrolled and meet the eligibility requirements.
What if I still have questions?
Please email email@example.com for help with any questions related to student opportunities or the application process.