Choosing & Declaring Your GL Medallion Capstone Option

The Capstone portion of your GL Medallion experience is a significant, in-depth learning experience meant to solidify your global learning experience by immersing you in one of several available high impact opportunities.

This page provides extensive information regarding the Capstone options, and how to get started with each of the potential options.  Your options include: original research; language study; study abroad; or, global internship.

Read more about each option below, and click here to submit a capstone experience for approval.

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Global Internship Option

What is the global internship option?

Qualifying internships are ones that help you expand your awareness of interconnected global topics, develop a broader perspective, and inspire you to take action to solve problems that transcend cultural and national borders.  Internships abroad qualify, though there are a plethora of opportunities locally, and even online.  Strong examples of globally-focused internships regardless of their geographic location are ones dealing with human trafficking, immigration, sustainability, and international trade.

In order for an internship to count as your Capstone:

  • You must have completed the minimum duration of the internship as stipulated by the employer.  This means if an internship is advertised as a six-month position, you must complete all six months.  The minimum duration of the internship varies by position.  In the event that the employer has not listed a specific duration or end date in the application materials, be sure to clarify with the internship supervisor before accepting the position.
  • The minimum duration of the internship is one month.
  • Your internship supervisor must report that you have successfully and satisfactorily met all requirements and expectations of the position.


How do I get started?

  • Review internship opportunities distributed via the Global Learning Medallion newsletter and email list.
  • Keep your resume up to date so you are ready to apply when you find the right opportunity. Please review our resume advice and keep your resume up-to-date We are glad to go over your resume in person.  Email it to us at or schedule an appointment at
  • Internships that you find through a different FIU department or on your own can count, however, this determination is made on a case-by-case basis.  You can email us at before applying for any internship to discuss if it would count, or you can submit any internship you did while you were an FIU student via our Capstone submission system for consideration.  Before you do this, simply consider: does it make sense that you would get a global learning award for the type of work you did in this internship?  If not, it probably is not a good fit for our program.

Study Abroad Option

What is the study abroad option?

Completing any for-credit FIU study abroad course, where you spend at least 20 days outside of the United States.

FIU has a variety of study abroad opportunities, including those led by FIU faculty members, exchange programs, and approved programs through third-party providers.

If you are abroad for less than 20 days, or are not receiving course credit, your experience may still count toward your Medallion, but toward the Activities category, not your Capstone.

How do I get started?

Everything you need to know can be found right here; it begins with a general information session:


Research Option

What is the research project option?

The research project option is ideal if you are curious about a question – and the answer is unavailable or limited in scope in the existing literature that you can find through FIU’s library resources.  Doing a research project consists of proposing a research question, designing a method for answering the question, collecting the necessary data, and presenting your findings.  While it can certainly be based on a paper you did for a class, it is more than your standard class essay.

The requirements for this option are:

  • Original research design and findings
  • Written report, minimum of 10 pages
  • Mentored by an FIU faculty advisor
  • Presented at or published in any conference or journal (We can help you with this!)
  • Topic addressing an international or intercultural issue of global significance.

How do I get started?

First, see whether there are any opportunities in your academic department to engage in undergraduate research for course credit toward your degree (examples: Engineering senior project, Honors College ARCH project).  If so, great!  If not, do not worry: engaging in research as a co-curricular pursuit is still very valuable for your future goals.

The next step in choosing an original research project as your Medallion capstone is identifying your research question and a faculty member at FIU to supervise your project. If needed, we can assist you in finding a faculty mentor for the project. We require that your research project address a global issue (and we’re glad to chat with you about how to look at any subject you’re interested in from a global perspective), but welcome questions from all fields – as well as interdisciplinary projects.

Exploring the research option is most efficient when you communicate regularly via email with the Global Learning Medallion coordinator.  Please email us at if you’d like to propose a research project idea.  Do not submit anything via the online MedalTrack portal until the project is complete.


 Language Study Option

What is the language study option?

Completing 4 courses in one foreign language or sign language, taken at FIU.   Demonstration of proficiency through exam and transfer credits will not count.  Courses must be language study courses, or courses taught in the language being learned.  Cultural and area studies courses will not count.  For more information on language course offerings at FIU, visit the Department of Modern Languages.

How do I get started?

Talk to your academic advisor – this will require planning to fit into your degree program’s Major Map, or signing up for a minor.  You will want to be careful not to encounter excess credits for your degree.  You can submit each of your language courses through the MedalTrack portal as you take them.