Thank you for your interest! At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for the FY19 CIIP-Year (2018-2019).
What is CIIP?
The Cisco International Internship Program (CIIP) is a once-in-a-lifetime year-long opportunity for high-performing students, from a variety of leading international universities, to experience working at Cisco’s headquarters, right in the heart of Silicon Valley! Selected CIIP interns will acquire critical technical, business, and professional skills as they collaborate on impactful and exciting next-generation projects, all while networking with a global Cisco workforce. Participating interns will return to their home countries, to complete their degrees, with an enriched appreciation of global business, cultural issues, and passion for their futures. CIIP aims to uniquely position interns to have greater success in their academic and subsequent professional careers.
What are the requirements to apply for a CIIP internship?
To apply for a CIIP internship, target candidates should be:
- Undergraduate students entering their second to last year of study at University, during the CIIP Cohort year applied for. If selected, candidates will return to their countries of study to complete their final academic year, following the end of the internship.
- Studying at an accredited international University
- Fluent in the English language
- Pursuing a relevant undergraduate degree- typically Computer Science, Engineering, IT or a cross-over of Computer Science with IT or Business Management, etc. Other degrees may be accepted, but you must show relevancy in your application.
- Able to obtain, or have, a passport valid for the duration of the internship
- Able to take a 12-month “gap-year” from their university, in order to intern in the U.S. for one-year; candidates must be willing to live in shared housing for the duration of their internship.
- Able to demonstrate strong academic proficiency, excellent communication skills, relevant passions, ambitions, and experiences, along with an aptitude for leadership and success.
- Willing to work on multiple projects, of varying subjects, throughout the duration of the internship, and “showcase” the status of those projects.
- Willing to attend, and participate in, cultural and social events
- Willing and available to participate in the interview process and, if selected, the J-1 Visa obtainment process (items such as university transcripts, English testing scores, and other documents may be requested).
- A non-Cisco employee (due to the nature of this program, current Cisco employees are not eligible to participate)
How long is the internship and where is it located?
CIIP is a 12-month internship program, which generally runs from August to July. Most interns will work onsite at Cisco in San Jose, California.
What amenities are provided as part of CIIP?
CIIP interns will receive the following amenities:
- A monthly salary
- Furnished housing
- Work laptop
- Paid travel costs, including flights and airport transportation to housing upon arrival.
- Paid Visa costs (you must obtain a J-1 visa in order to participate in CIIP; to be attained if selected for an internship)
What is the CIIP recruitment process like?
- Students, from accredited international universities, apply directly to CIIP via myciip.com.
- Applicants may be recommended by their university, depending on the university and applicant.
- Applications are reviewed by the CIIP Management team
- Depending on the country, selected applicants may be initially screened by a Cisco in-country team, and also by the CIIP Management team (located in the U.S.) via WebEx.
- After the initial screening by CIIP Management, selected candidates are moved forward in the process and their applications become available for Cisco Hiring Managers to review.
- Selected candidates are interviewed by a Cisco Hiring Manager(s), and may require a second interview and possibly even interviews with different managers.
- Once a Hiring Manager has confirmed interest in a candidate, he or she will alert CIIP Management.
- CIIP will ensure all requirements are fulfilled- by both the Hiring Manager’s team and the candidate.
- Once confirmed, CIIP’s partner vendor will engage the new CIIP candidate, and an offer may be extended, should all requirements be met.
- After an offer is extended, and accepted, the J-1 Visa process commences (guidance provided). All selected interns must receive a J-1 Visa in order to participate in CIIP.
How can I prepare for an interview with Cisco?
- Make yourself available to meet with CIIP Management and/or Cisco Hiring Managers upon request, and ensure you have plenty of time allotted to complete the interview.
- Ensure you continuously check your email for notifications, and also your “My CIIP Dashboard” for the latest updates and messages.
- Ensure your current phone number (with country code!), and email address, is updated on your application.
- If the interview is online or via phone, make sure you do not have technical issues conducting the interview.
- Review your answers to the questions on your application.
- Research the organization, and the role, again!
- Practice interviewing
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer
- Relax and be yourself!
What kinds of projects can I expect to work on?
CIIP offers a wide variety of projects to work on, depending on the needs of the Cisco Hiring Manager, and your personal strengths. Some CIIP placements may require more general business/office related skills, while others may require specific engineering/IT skills. Be sure that your resume and application mention your specific skills, experiences, and interests. Examples include: languages spoken, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and computer/technical skills.
How can I find out what my current status is?
Please continue to check the My CIIP Student tool for your status. You will also receive an email when your status changes, so please be sure to check your email, and your Junk/Spam folder, regularly.
What does "Under Consideration" mean?
This means that your resume and application have been added to the pool of available candidates. Your resume and application are now available for Cisco Hiring Managers to review and, if they choose to, contact you for an interview.