Q: I want to get international experience through the GAP Program, but I don’t want to miss out on my internship. Is it possible for me to do both?
Yes. Most internships start after you return; and, you will still have a full 10 weeks to work before classes start again in the fall. The intent of the GAP Program is to provide a global business and cultural experience that will enhance your resume and career, not replace your internship. However, all students must be in-country for the full 3 weeks of the in-country assignment. No student may leave early for internship reasons.
Q: Once students are assigned to a GAP project, what level of commitment is expected?
Upon assignment, students are expected to be fully committed to the project, client and team. If for any reason a student must withdraw from a team, the student is responsible for all non-refundable expenses. These expense might include, but are not limited to, airfare, accommodations, ground transportation, visas, etc.
- Exception: Students who receive an internship offer and can verify that their employer will not allow them to begin work after the in-country portion of GAP will be allowed to withdraw penalty free.
Q: What scholarships are available for this program?
There are no GAP scholarships. The majority of the program costs are covered by GAP corporate partners and the Alutto Endowment Funds. Covered items include:
- International round-trip (Columbus-> project location) airfare
- Project related, in-country ground transportation
- HTH supplemental insurance
- Required immunizations and medications
- Translator while in-country (where relevant)
- Visa fees
The out-of-pocket expenses are meals, souvenirs, tips, personal and US-based ground transportation, incidentals, cell and data charges (even if project related), recommended immunizations and medications, passport fees, passport, and visa photos. International students are also responsible for any costs associated with getting visas other than the actual visa fee.
Where possible, the program will prepay expenses prior to students' travel. However, in some circumstances (e.g. some accommodation and in-country transportation) students will need to pay for expenses while in-country and provide receipts for reimbursement upon return to the U.S.
For any additional questions, please contact Heidi Eldred.