A vital component of the International Studies major is the required 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:
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.
Student-intern’s grade will be determined by field supervisor’s evaluation of her/his performance, as well as the quality of written journal and papers outlined above. For a list of available International Studies internship sites contact Dr. Mohammad Chaichian, program Coordinator.