Online Internships

Online Internships

Prepare students to join today’s digital, global workforce

If working from home is the new normal, our online programmes are an innovative and pragmatic alternative to in-person internships. A truly international experience, with zero travel. Flexible and scalable, they’re a barrier-free option for students that want (or need) to stay at home.

Core Competencies

Our online internships are designed to develop students’ abilities in eight key areas.


Average competency improvements for our online internships 2022/23.

What's Included?


6-12 week (unpaid) internships in your students’ chosen destination, sector and host company. 

Student Marketing

Digital and in-person marketing activities, a custom landing page, social media pack and live online programme information sessions.

Student Placements

We’ll liaise with students and host companies to find the right match, organise interviews, secure internship offers and set up onboarding calls.


Onboarding webinars, training videos and induction sessions with each host company supervisor.

Cultural Mentors

Students are paired with a cultural mentor from one of our overseas destinations to develop intercultural fluency.

Skills Courses

Lifetime access to our online language classes and skills courses focused on improving employability, cultural fluency and digital skills.

Personal Development

Personalised internship plans, progress checks and weekly journaling and self-reflection exercises.


Organised weekly live virtual events encourage networking and provide insight into a variety of industries.


Weekly check-ins, ongoing personal support, sector-leading mental health support and fast technical support.

Careers Advice

Personal coaching chats and careers coaching calls with international employability experts.

Alumni Network

Access to our global community of professionals who regularly share news, graduate job openings and event invitations.

Pagoda Portal

All programmes are managed on the Pagoda Portal - a digital hub for our student community. This is where students can track their progress, register for events, access skills courses, network with other interns and request additional support.

Programme Breakdown

We work with hundreds of companies around the world, from big crypto consultancies to sustainability start-ups. All are vetted to the highest standards to ensure they can provide consistently high-quality internships for all students, at the right academic level. 

Our online programmes provide students with key industry, digital and communication skills to succeed in any remote workplace. They’ll attend meetings remotely, work with industry-specific software, and use what they’ve learnt at university to make decisions that have a real impact.

Structured learning, personal development plans and networking opportunities provide students with a well-rounded experience, geared towards improving their international employability. We measure this success against eight core competency improvements.

Alongside their internship, students can boost their personal and professional development by taking part in Pagoda-run online events, drop-in sessions, webinars and workshops. This year’s events include careers drop-ins, networking workshops, Mindset Training, and webinars on productivity and accessing the ‘hidden’ job market.

Working from home doesn’t mean missing out on an unforgettable internship experience. To enhance intercultural fluency and cross-cultural communication, each student is paired with a cultural mentor from one of our amazing in-country destinations. Mentors encourage the sharing of culture and customs by providing interesting discussion points throughout the programme.

Students are also encouraged to network with other interns on the programme and form a support system of their own. Group chats, social events and networking sessions organised through the Pagoda Portal enable students to form their own friendships and community.

Our online skills courses are included in every Pagoda programme. Designed to improve Employability, Digital Competency and Intercultural Fluency, they provide students with the skills and agility needed to thrive in an international workplace. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate to keep, post on LinkedIn and show to future employers. 

  • Course 1 – Intercultural Fluency
    This course provides an understanding of the importance of adaptability when communicating with people from other cultures, in the workplace and society. We focus on the foundations of intercultural understanding and develop students’ cultural fluency with examples from China, Mexico and Vietnam.
    Competencies: Teamwork & Collaboration / Intercultural Fluency / Communication

  • Course 2 – Digital Competency
    This course provides the fundamentals of digital networking, digital marketing and digital presentation skills. Students will learn to use LinkedIn for personal promotion, get to grips with the basics of Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Marketing, and improve their public speaking skills.
    Competencies: Professionalism / Teamwork & Collaboration / Career Development / Digital Fluency

  • Course 3 – Employability Skills
    This course equips students with the tools to identify their current skill set and understand the skills needed to enhance career readiness. Self-awareness exercises will build confidence for students looking to apply their skills to different specifications when applying for jobs in the future.
    Competencies: Professionalism / Career Development / Leadership

  • Course 4 – Workplace Basics
    This course provides an understanding of the skills required to succeed in a remote workplace. We focus on key skills such as productivity, time management, communication and the use of digital platforms, and the importance of being adaptable when working in a global, professional environment.
    Competencies: Communication / Critical Thinking / Digital Fluency / Teamwork & Collaboration

Ensuring all students are happy and feel supported during their internship is our number one priority. Pagoda has worked with UK-qualified psychologists and consulted global organisations to develop sector-leading mental health support for all participants, in all our programmes.

Students are personally mentored through the application process to ensure they secure internships with the right companies. Our personalised support includes weekly check-ins, careers coaching, one-on-one support and fast technical assistance.

Weekly journaling and self-reflection exercises encourage students to think critically about how to articulate their experiences to future employers. Our alumni network provides continuous support for students in the form of news, events, graduate job openings and opportunities for further study.

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