Global internship and career

Master of Global Business students sitting down below a staircase at UVic

The Master of Global Business (MGB) program lets you immerse in new cultures and gain real-world business experience.

Your global business career starts here

A meaningful career is one that aligns with your passions and values. You achieve it through self-discovery and active exploration of the world. At UVic, we enrich your academic learning with integrated career and professional development. 

We work alongside you to map out your career journey. Through customized individual coaching and curriculum focused on career management, our goal is to support you in pursuing a meaningful internship and career. 

Global internship

In the MGB program, you will complete a paid or unpaid internship ranging from two to eight months. Your global internship can be in Canada or abroad. 

The UVic Co-op & Career portal posts hundreds of jobs each term. You can choose to apply to a range of positions in different industries and different countries. 

International students wishing to work in Canada will receive support applying for a co-op work permit. This is a requirement for international students interning in Canada. 

When it comes to length, role and location, MGB internships are incredibly diverse. Discover some of the global internships our MGB students have completed over the years. 

Professional development & career management

There are many opportunities for networking and career exploration and development. This includes the chance to meet local employers and practice your interview skills at our MGB Mock Interview Clinic. 

The MGB program is your perfect gateway to a global career. Explore the wide scope of career paths our MGB graduates have taken.


Meet our MGB alumni

Kashtin Apsassin (MGB '21)

Kashtin Apsassin

When Kashtin Apsassin arrived in Austria for the last leg of his Master of Global Business (MGB) program in 2020, he was excited to spend another semester exploring a new country and continent with his international cohort of classmates. He didn’t expect that he would have to fly home just a few months later due to a global pandemic. However, after a rollercoaster year filled with highs and lows, Kashtin is graduating and excited for the official start of his post-graduation life, including his new job as a policy analyst for Indigenous Services Canada.

Originally from Edmonton and a member of the Blueberry River First Nation, Apsassin is excited about his future and the projects he is helping develop. In his role as a policy analyst he will develop a process for Indigenous self-governance in the education sector, in particular looking at how education can be funded, organized, designed and delivered in First Nations communities, both for pre-secondary and post-secondary programs. It’s something he feels a personal connection to. “I was myself a beneficiary of these [post-secondary] programs before I ended up in this position,” he says.

Read the full story on The Ring. 

Carolina Betancourt (MGB '20)

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Carolina Betancourt, a new Master of Global Business alumna, shares her rewarding experience working with Solaires Entreprises Inc. Enterprises Inc., a Victoria-based cleantech company.

“Solaires Enterprises is a company working to create the next generation of solar cells.

I started my journey with Solaires as a Business Development Specialist intern, and I had the opportunity to join full-time as a Marketing and Business Development Manager after my work term ended. Working for a start-up has allowed me to participate in a range of activities such as conducting market research, creating a business plan and preparing presentations for potential investors. Taking advantage of the internship experience during my program allowed me to capitalize on amazing opportunities, improve my time management skills, and build confidence to set me up for success after graduation.

My advice to students is to never take yourself away from the opportunity to apply for an internship; you never know when you might succeed!”

Olayinka Fasheun (MGB '20)

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As a recent graduate of the Master of Global Business program, Olayinka Fasheun shares her experience from an intern to a full-time employee with the BC Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery, and Innovation.

“As part of my global internship, I served as a Corporate Operations Assistant supporting the Corporate Operations and Business Intelligence branch, within the Trade and Industry Development Division. Reflecting back on this work term, this internship exceeded my expectations and helped broaden my mindset towards my career options and my approach to work. I learned how to conduct research, manage a project, and be flexible.

The UVic MGB and internship program played a huge part in preparing me for my career. After my co-op, I took on assignments as an Adjudicator for the Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant Program with the same Ministry, and as a Program Officer with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture. The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant Program has been put in place to support businesses during and beyond COVID-19.

My advice to those looking for an internship is - don’t be afraid to try something new, continue building a library of experiences and always ask questions!”

James Toy (MGB '15)

James Toy

I joined the UVic MGB program with the goal of pivoting into a global career. After travelling around the globe and relocating 6 times across continents, I am so proud and grateful to have accomplished my goal immediately upon my degree completion. In the last semester of the program, I secured my global internship with Evonik in Singapore; a world leader in specialty chemistry.

As a member of the HR Asia Pacific team at Evonik that had a purview across all the HR operations in Asia and Australia, I worked with colleagues across different countries on HR process optimization. And in due course I also secured a second internship at our company's global headquarters in Germany. From Singapore, I packed up the same bags and relocated to Essen, Germany to join the Corporate HR, Compensation & Benefits team. In this role, I utilized my international experience to challenge and strengthen our global policies and attitudes toward performance, compensation, and benefits. This eventually led to a permanent position at Evonik in the US.

I packed up once again, returned to the US and relocated across the country to the opposite coast from my hometown - my sixth new city in two years! I was able to apply the knowledge gained from the MGB program to my work at Evonik. However, the most significant and unexpected benefit was from the experience of relocating and acclimating every three months. By nature of its structure, the MGB program was a crash course in international mobility. The program not only trained me to adapt into new cultures quickly, but also helped me understand myself and what I need to succeed.

In November 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, I relocated yet again. This time back to Essen, Germany working at Evonik’s HR Global Transformation Project team. Although I have accomplished my career goals I set when join the program - to have an international career that allows me to immerse myself in different cultures, and experience social and professional environments through the global lens, I’m not done yet. I know there is still so much to learn and explore. And the world is waiting for me to discover!