TGIP FAQ

What can I do to improve my chances of being selected?
How many projects are there and how are they chosen?
How many students are selected each time?
When are the projects (subject and location) announced?
Am I still eligible if I have graduated (or will) just prior to the internship?
I thought there was a January Program. What happened?
What documents do I have to have to be able to go?
What about insurance?
What if my passport is not from the US? Are international students eligible?
What will it cost me to participate in the program?
Can I extend my stay?


What can I do to improve my chances of being selected?
Keep your grades up! Demonstrate your soft skills in class, with your professors and in the TGIP interview if you are selected. Make sure your essay is thoughtful, personal and well-written. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months of validity after the end of your internship. If you are an international student or your passport is not from the US (e.g., you have a Greencard) see the answer below with special instructions for this situation.

How many projects are there and how are they chosen?
Crown selects the projects based on their business needs. The number of projects, the specific project objectives and the project locations are determined by Crown. The number of projects has ranged from 1 to 4.

How many students are selected each time?
The number of interns on a team ranges from 2 to 4, and is specified by Crown. So, the total number of interns varies depending on the number of projects and the number of students required for each project. The total number of participants per session has ranged from 4 to 12.

When are the projects (subject and location) announced?
As soon as Crown knows, they tell us and we announce it. Typically, the application process is completed before we know any details about the projects. We strongly encourage you to apply (and participate, if you are accepted) without knowing exactly what the projects will be—it’s a fabulous opportunity no matter what.

Am I still eligible if I have graduated (or will) just prior to the internship?
If you graduate in May or December, you are eligible for the June internships immediately following your graduation. 

I thought there was a January Program. What happened?
We have had January programs in the past, but they have been discontinued. The timing was awkward for both Crown and us, and the very short, 3-week time-frame wasn’t enough for most projects.

What documents do I have to have to be able to go?

  • Your passport must be valid for “long enough” after the program. Some countries require that your passport be valid for 90 days after your return from the country. 6 months is recommended. If you’re even thinking about this program, check now that there is sufficient time left on your passport and, if not, going ahead with renewing it (or applying for a passport in the first place if you don’t already have one).

  • A visa may be required to enter the country where your project is taking place. It’s possible that visa requirements will prevent you from participating. This depends on where the project will be, where you are from when we find out from Crown where the projects will be. We will help you apply for the appropriate visa if you are accepted into the program.

What about insurance?
All SJSU students traveling abroad are required to purchase the University’s health insurance policy. This expense will be reimbursed by the TGIP.

What if my passport is not from the US? Are international students eligible?
Yes, international students ARE welcome to apply for the TGIP program on the same basis as other students. The passport and visa requirements are the same for everyone, but it may be more difficult and time-consuming to get visas for non-US passport holders. In addition, you should check that your documentation to re-enter the US is valid for the necessary time period.

What will it cost me to participate in the program?
The program will pay for your airfare, accommodation and provide a per diem to cover daily living expenses. You will need to pay for most sightseeing/entertainment (Crown will provide some activities), meals if you overspend your allowance, and shopping. You will be paid a salary, but may not see it in your bank account before you return home.

Can I extend my stay?
We do our best to allow you to extend your stay if you wish to do so. We can’t promise, but so far we have always been able to work this out. Of course, this is at your expense.