Working Abroad, From Home

By Mary Cate Connors, Office of International Programs

When COVID-19 curtailed international travel in March 2020, University offices and programs* worked to rebuild hundreds of summer internships abroad for the virtual world. After some resourceful thinking, flexibility and collaboration from overseas partners, Princeton undergraduates were able to gain valuable remote work experience in over 45 countries this summer.

David Hwang ’23

(Intended) Major: Molecular Biology

Internship: Fundraising Intern at Fundación Pro Eco Azuero

Internship location: Los Santos, Panama

Remote location: Belmont, Massachusetts 

Sponsoring office: International Internship Program 

 “I had not expected much out of this summer after a cancelled internship and the ongoing coronavirus situation, but I learned more about environmental health. It is possible to contribute in tangible ways and be a part of something bigger, even from a remote place.”

Shelby Kinch ’22

Major: Anthropology

Internship: Communications and Development Intern at BeaMalevich 

Internship location: Barcelona, Spain

Remote location: Missoula, Montana 

Sponsoring office: International Internship Program 

 “Working remotely was challenging given the 8-hour time difference, but I was able to develop a great connection with my supervisors. I continued writing content for [the organization’s] blog throughout the fall.”

Sophie Li ’23

Major: Computer Science BSE

Internship: Product Marketing Intern at Laiye Technology 

Internship location: Shanghai, China

Remote location: San Clemente, California 

Sponsoring office: Keller Center Princeton Startup Immersion Program (PSIP) 

“I missed not being able to meet my mentors and fellow interns in person, and sometimes it was lonely to complete my tasks in isolation. Nevertheless, I still appreciated having the chance to have a meaningful summer despite the pandemic, and am thankful for all the support and guidance [I received].”

Amichai Feit ’23

Major: Economics

Internship: Business Development Intern (Academic Partnerships Team) for 

Internship location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Remote location: Riverdale, New York 

Sponsoring office: Keller Center Princeton Startup Immersion Program (PSIP) 

 “Working remotely forced me to place greater emphasis on communicating effectively with my colleagues, forming relationships and developing a work routine. This challenge ultimately pushed me to develop work habits that I’ll find useful in any context, whether it be remote or in person.”

* Country data provided by the Center for Health and Wellbeing, the International Internship Program, the Keller Center Princeton Startup Immersion Program, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, the High Meadows Environmental Institute and Princeton Internships in Civic Service.