Business and Communication
Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.
Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.
Internship Placement Process
After you have completed the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, you will receive the link to the required online application with International Studies Abroad (ISA), our program partner. Required supplemental documents include:
- Cover letter
- Official transcript (see Registrar page)
- Personal statement (short answer questions which are completed as a virtual form in the ISA student portal)
You should prepare all supplemental documents (except for personal statement) at the same time as completing the UC Davis Study Abroad online enrollment, to ensure that your ISA application is completed by the deadline. The internship placement process may include a phone discussion with an ISA staff member to narrow down goals and interests, as well as a phone or Skype interview(s) with potential internship companies. Students are matched with a host company based on their specific skills, experience and goals for the internship. During the ISA application process students will be asked to specify three areas of interest within the fields of business and communication. While every effort will be made to accommodate students’ preferences, specific internship placements are not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to be open-minded and approach the program with a willingness to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.
Note: All enrolled students will be placed in an internship. Students with relevant experience and a GPA over 2.5 may have an internship role with greater responsibility than students without experience or a lower GPA.
Every effort will be made to match students with an internship as early as possible, but please note that final internship placement may be determined just prior to departure.
Resume and Cover Letter Resources
We strongly recommend that all students meet with an advisor at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center to have their resume and cover letter reviewed prior to submitting these documents to ISA. The ICC provides many online resources, such as resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation examples. Please also review ISA’s tips for writing your cover letter and resume.
Our Program Partner
For the New Zealand—Business & Communication Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study abroad partners with ISA (International Studies Abroad), an international education organizations that specializes in high-quality global internship experiences. The organization offers customized internship placements to provide students with hands-on, professional experience within their chosen field. The New Zealand—Business & Communication Summer Internship program is a customized program designed by ISA uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of ISA staff will welcome students at the airport, lead the welcome orientation, coordinate and lead the group excursions, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support.
Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.
Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.