International Internships

U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program
Paid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This internship is designed to increase the diversity of the US Department of State by attracting students of various ethnic/racial, economic, gender, geographic, etc., backgrounds to “try” Foreign Service on for two summer internships and hopefully consider a career as a Foreign Service officer. This is a paid internship and is very selective. Only about 20-25 students across the US are awarded this prestigious internship. Requirements: US citizenship, at least a 3.2 GPA, be a current sophomore or junior.
Website: careers.state.gov/intern/other-programs
Apply: September-October (for two summers) Application is only open for 1 week!

 

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This program provides students the chance to work in Washington DC and in US Embassies and Consulates overseas. Through this program, students gain insight into US foreign policy and diplomatic facilities around the globe. Internship responsibilities vary according to placement. Tasks can include writing reports on human rights issues, researching environmental and economic issues, helping to coordinate international conferences or visits by high-level officials, creating/updating web pages, assisting US citizens with services abroad, and supporting educational/cultural exchange activities. There are 3 programs—Spring (January-April), Summer (May-August), and Fall (September-December). Each internship lasts 10 weeks. Interns work full-time, 40 hours a week. Requirements: US citizenship, at least a 2.5 GPA, completed at least 60 credit hours (college junior, senior or graduate student). Be enrolled in school the semester prior to and immediately following your internship. You must receive security clearance. Housing: Students selected for domestic placement are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing. A listing of housing possibilities in Washington, DC will be mailed with the selection package. Abroad, every effort is made to provide housing at no cost to interns, but circumstances vary from post to post, so this cannot be guaranteed. Travel: For domestic and overseas placements, travel expenses and arrangements are the responsibility of the participant.
Website:  careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships
Apply:   October (for summer internship) March (for fall internship) July (for spring internship)

 

NATO Internship Programme
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

NATO Headquarters introduced its Internship Programme in 2004 in order to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to intern with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and in a few other NATO bodies. Internships are offered in public diplomacy, political affairs, and security policy, as well as other divisions. Typical tasks of interns include assisting in drafting and preparing official documents, attending and summarizing meetings or conferences, research, supporting public relations, analyzing media, and supporting technical and administrative services. Requirements: citizen of a NATO member state, junior status or recent graduate (within a year). Internships last 6 months.
Website: http://www.nato.int/, http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/71157.htm
Apply: April (for March and September of following year)

 

Humanity in Action Fellowship
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization that educates, inspires and connects a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, past and present, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs take place for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw.

Website: humanityinaction.org
Apply: January (for summer fellowship)

 

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors
Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship.

This is a citizen diplomacy initiative, which builds mutual understanding and enhances people-to-people partnerships between the US and the Muslim World. This is accomplished by placing Americans in volunteer positions in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and helping them share their experiences upon their return. Two programs are geared towards students: Semester Abroad and Summer Service Internship. Through these programs, students are placed in an internship with a school or an NGO specializing in areas of human development. In addition, students have the chance to pursue language classes, academic credit, a Certificate in Citizen Diplomacy, and a professional mentoring program. The ambassadors work with local leaders to address basic, universal challenges such as in education, human rights, and public health. In doing so, people-to-people partnerships are formed which help dispel commonly held stereotypes of “the other.” After the internship, students publish articles, post blogs and deliver presentations on campuses, at schools, and at public libraries throughout the United States to inform people about their experiences and help reduce stereotypes here at home. This program is administered by Creative Learning, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Length of program, start date and application deadline vary according to country and NGO. Fees and tuition costs are associated with the programs. See website for more details.
Website: unofficialambassadors.com/
Apply: Application deadlines vary. April (for summer), June (for spring and fall semester)


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