International Business Internships
GVSU International Business program works hard to provide students with the best preparation and experience for a career in international business through internships, networking opportunities, and career resources.
The Careers in Management event and the GVSU Career Fair are annual networking events that showcase many careers including international business. Companies that do business internationally explain their businesses, the type of talent talent they want to attract, and the opportunities they may have (including internships and regular positions). Students who have international business skills, cultural competence, and strong functional business skills should attend these networking and learning opportunities. All majors are welcome!
Seidman International Business students have done internships in many different countries including:
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Paris, France
- Dublin, Ireland
- Madrid, Spain
- London, United Kingdom
- Frankfort, Germany
Find more information on obtaining an international internship at the Padnos International Center website.
Notes from International Business Interns
Miguel Perez Vives, Reed MIDEM, France
"I was always fascinated by the French history, culture, language, and gastronomy. One of of my favorite experiences abroad was during my summer program at ESSCA. For the International Marketing course we had to do a mystery shopping at Cartier, a world known luxury jeweler. We had to pretend that we had a budget of 2,000 euros (2,500 dollars) for buying a gift. Afterwards, we valued the service, the product, the staff, and the store to make an analysis of luxury Marketing at Cartier. Throughout the year there were many different art exhibits at my favorite museum in Paris, Pompidou like the exhibition of Jeff Koons. Also, I went many times to the theater, which is one of my hobbies and I was able to watch there some French classics like Le Malade Imaginaire from Moliere. Being abroad had a positive impact on my education because I learned a new language, and also I learned to do business from a European perspective. Consecutively, what I've learned at GVSU and during my study abroad has helped me already achieve my internship in Paris and I think in the future it can help to find a job anywhere in the world."
Alexander J. Parkyn, Haworth, Germany
Alex Parkyn is an International Business, Marketing and German triple major. Alex took the initiative this summer and set his sights high on a Marketing internship in Germany. Carrying nothing aside from hundreds of copies of his German Lebenslauf (resume) and the will to overcome any obstacle in his way, Alex hopped on a plane, with his life packed in a few suitcases, and upon landing found himself in the middle of Frankfurt, Germany. Instantly he hit the ground running and took every opportunity he could find to network, interview and bring his personal brand to market. With each opportunity Alex bettered the sales pitch of his life: himself. The end result was that after months of searching and facing all the hardships of being in a foreign land, Alex found an internship at one of the world’s largest office furniture suppliers: Haworth GmbH in the small town of Bad Münder, Germany where he went on to intern for over two months this summer. Alex is a motivated individual who has aspirations of a personal and professional life in Germany upon completion of his studies. Alex is proud to be a Laker for a Lifetime.
GV Partnership Programs & Internships
GV Partnerships Programs & Internships
Several GV partnership programs offer internship opportunities during a student's regular semester abroad or after they complete the study abroad semester:
- DHBW Mosbach, Germany
- Macquarie University, Australia
- Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Japan
- UDLA, Mexico
- Grenoble School of Management, France
- University of Deusto, Spain
Speak with your faculty or academic advisors for more information.
Jobs & Internship Openings
Handshake, the GVSU Career Center's full service employment system, is a convenient way to find job openings and internships, domestic or international.
Have questions about what type of credit you can get with an international internship? Wondering how an international internship will affect your financial aid?
Visit Seidman Undergraduate Programs here for more info!