A vital component of the International Studies major and minor is the internship experience. Internships can be done at the local, national or international levels. Students will gain valuable work experience in government agencies, private companies, and/or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are involved and concerned with international social policy planning and the global economy. In consultation with their academic advisor and Program Coordinator, students will start targeting internship opportunities in advance of the semester in which they would like to intern. Students are advised to start looking for internships early, as it may take some time to find a placement and internship opportunities fill up fast.
Students are required to work three hours per week throughout the internship semester for an average of 110-120 hours per semester (12 weeks/semester). A successful completion of internship entails the following:
Journal: Students will track each day of their intern work with descriptive entries in a journal. The journal should be typed and will be submitted for review.
Reflection paper: This 5-10 page paper draws on the student experience, and is a critical analysis of the internship documented in the journal. The paper should include student’s self-evaluation, a brief synopsis of tasks and responsibilities, things learned and skills developed. The paper should also contain a brief evaluation of the quality of field supervision.
Internship site history and organizational structure paper: Using available agency/organization archives and other sources, this 5-10 page paper will document the internship site’s history, its evolution, and organizational and operational structure, and provide a brief critical evaluation of its organizational and operational structure with suggestions for improvement, if any.
Field supervisor’s evaluation: Student-intern’s advisor or Program Coordinator will send this form directly to the internship field supervisor, who will then return the completed form at the conclusion of internship.