Elon’s resources will help prepare you to meet your professional goals as well as assist you in preparing to take advantage of your time abroad.


Participating students complete a full-time work experience abroad for an extended duration, usually six months. The internship is typically paid. Alumni of the program have completed internships with employers such as VW, Eppendorf, Schaeffler, GfK, DHL, Mercedes, Groz-Beckert, spartoo, kindsstoff, IWD, Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP, Adidas, Motomodo, Bosch, Wayfair, Liberty Mutual, KPMG, Nintendo, GoPro, Yves Rocher, and Hugo Boss.

Porter Family Professional Development Center

The Porter Family Professional Development Center offers consultative one-on-one meetings to create an action plan that will help you secure the internship or job that best suits your career goals. The Porter Center also hosts workshops, provides daily drop-in hours and works closely with the Student Professional Development Center to ensure business talent have access to a variety of recruitment options.

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Professional Development Roadmap

The Porter Family Professional Development Center has created a professional development roadmap to help prepare students for their time abroad. The roadmap activities include:

First year – Fall

  • Overview of Student Professional Development Center (SPDC) through Elon 101

First year – Spring

  • 1:1 meeting with Porter Center career advisor
  • Begin working on U.S. resume
  • Create LinkedIn profile

Sophomore – Fall

  • 1:1 meeting with Porter Center career advisor
  • Professional development goal meeting
  • Finalize U.S. resume
  • Update LinkedIn profile
  • Being working towards U.S. internship
  • Attend Sophomore Success
  • Attend relevant recruiting and career events offered through SPDC for U.S.-based internship

Sophomore – Spring

  • Translate resume into partner language
  • Continue to build network in U.S. and with partner country
  • Finalize U.S. internship

Madrid was an amazing opportunity to learn European business, Spanish and Spanish culture. Six months wasn’t enough; I wanted two years to explore Europe and make long-lasting friends.

Dylan Zanker ’18

Optional Opportunities

Business German Program

At the heart of the Business German Program is a unique instructional approach that exposes you to the language and culture of the German workplace on the first day of study. No prior knowledge of German is required. Alongside regular German coursework (German 121-332), you will register for Business German Labs, in which you will complete short online modules that focus on German business-related topics. Lab topics vary according to the goals of each group of students, but typically include topics such as preparing a German résumé and cover letter, writing business correspondence, giving a business presentations, and interviews. Students may also elect to prepare for the prestigious Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch, a certificate test in Business German that testifies to your proficiency in business language.

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Business and Culture in the Francophone World

This course (FRE 327/3013) is an introduction to the culture of business and professional relationships in the Francophone world. Through the analysis of authentic texts from French and Francophone business contexts, you will better understand the global marketplace and its current socio-economic and cross-cultural issues. You will gain the linguistic, intercultural and critical thinking skills necessary to pursue work or internship opportunities in a French-speaking country.