International Internships

BEO has collaborated with alumni and partner universities to offer international internships in India, Hong Kong, Madrid and South Africa. All internships abroad are during the summer, with travel and accommodation costs covered. The internships provide exposure to the working environment of global markets in high-growth emerging market or mature economies. At the same time, students are immersed in very different cultures in Asia and Europe. The range of industries that accept our students spans the disciplines featured in BEO, including financial services, consulting, technology, retailing, marketing and research.

Nuts & Bolts | BEO International summer internships

Who may apply?

The International Internships are open to BEO concentrators in all tracks who are in good academic standing and will just be completing either their sophomore or junior year at Brown.  Students may apply to any or all locations.

I'm interested, what should I do?

Interested students are invited to attend an internship information session to learn more about the program. 

General information sessions for are held in November of each academic year for the following summer. Information is typically published in Today@Brown as well in the weekly BEO newsletter.

Additionally, a Hong Kong specific information session usually held each November at the CareerLAB. 

When possible, interns from prior summers are in attendance at these information sessions to answer questions.

How do I apply?

Students apply for available internships via the Career Lab internship platform, Handshake. Summer 2018 Infosys Internship is job number in Handshake is: 1190276, 2018 IE Madrid Internship is job number 1190239, Hong Kong internships are listed under job number 1134549. For students interested in the Johannesburg, South Africa internships, contact sheila_haggerty@brown.edu.

Do I get academic credit or a salary for working abroad?

No. You get the invaluable experience of adding an international dimension to your academic preparation while being exposed to the workings of the global marketplace.

Do I need to know a foreign language to intern abroad?

BEO's internship in India requires that work be conducted in English. While it is not required for the internships in Madrid and Hong Kong, there is a strong preference for students who speak Spanish or Chinese, respectively.

When will I know if I have been selected for an International Internship?

Students will be notified by late February.

What is the financial cost of the internship for students?

The specific financial arrangements differ from place to place, but we seek to fund all travel and living costs related to working abroad. Students are expected to obtain a passport, any required work permits or visas, finance personal travel pre- or post-internship, and are responsible for any other incidentals related to the internship.

Why does BEO offer internships in these locations?

BEO has partnered with company sponsors that have connections to Brown, either through a joint program as is the case with the IE in Madrid, or through Brown alumni and parents.

What type of work will I do?

The internship is structured around a project that you will most likely complete with a partner. In India, projects can cover all the areas of work in a large corporation, from finance to market research, and our interns are assigned to projects depending on their experience and interests. In Madrid, the internship is in marketing and research associated with the IE-Brown Executive MBA Program. In Hong Kong, the work is in different areas of finance.

Is this good for my resume?

Often students tell us that their international internship was a defining experience work-wise, culturally, and personally. They were asked to research, analyze, synthesize, and present a project. They had to understand a company and its main stakeholders, and they had to navigate a different culture. Many students use specific examples of the experiences acquired abroad to illustrate skills and personal traits when interviewing for their jobs out of Brown.