International Internships

U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program

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: August-September (for two summers) Application is only open for 1 week!

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

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

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

KU SAGE Summer Internship in Dublin
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience Irish culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city of Dublin, and earn academic credit from KU. Explore Dublin and/or travel during 3-day weekends. KU has partnered with EUSA, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Dublin. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality. Internships are open to all majors. Business is conducted in English. Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship. Requirements: be a sophomore, have at least a 2.75 GPA. Website: studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-dublin-ireland Apply: February
 
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, live in one of the most beautiful, historic cities, in the heart of Europe, and explore Prague and/or travel during 3-day weekends. Prague’s modern economy and significant English speaking business and cultural community make it an ideal location to gain work experience. KU has partnered with EUSA, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, computer science, economics, environmental engineering, film, journalism, politics, law and social policy. Internships are open to many majors. Business is conducted in English. Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship. Requirements: be a sophomore, have at least a 2.75 GPA. Website: studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-prague-czech-republic Apply: February
KU SAGE Summer Internship in Shanghai
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program and learn about Chinese culture first-hand while living in Shanghai. KU has partnered with ISA, an internship and study abroad program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Shanghai, China. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality. Business is conducted in English. $2,500-$5,000 scholarships are available to participants in this program. Visit Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarships to learn more! Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship. Requirements: be a sophomore, have at least a 2.75 GPA. Website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-shanghai Apply: February
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience diverse culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city of London, and earn academic credit from KU. Explore London and/or travel during weekends. KU has partnered with CAPA, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in London. The internships are unpaid but students receive 6 academic credits from KU. Students intern 20 hours per week while taking the Global Internship Program (GIP) course and a second course of their choosing. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality. Internships are open to all majors. Unpaid. Requirements: be a sophomore, 2.75 GPA Website:http://studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-london Apply: February
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience Australian culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city of Sydney, and earn academic credit from KU. Explore Sydney and/or travel during weekends. KU has partnered with CAPA, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Sydney. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communication, economics, journalism, politics, healthcare, social policy, and hospitality. Internships are open to all majors. Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship or other. Requirements: be a sophomore, 2.75 GPA Website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/internships-sydney Apply: February
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience Chinese culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city of Hong Kong, and earn academic credit from KU. Explore Hong Kong and/or travel during weekends. KU has partnered with CIEE, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Hong Kong. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields. Internships are open to all majors. Business is conducted in English. $2,500-$5,000 scholarships are available to participants in this program. Visit Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarships to learn more! Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship or other. Requirements: be a sophomore, 2.5 GPA Website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/internship-hong-kong Apply: February
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience diverse culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city-state of Singapore, and earn academic credit from KU. Explore Singapore and/or travel during weekends. KU has partnered with CIEE, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Singapore. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields. Participation in the integrated academic seminar is mandatory for all participants. Business is conducted in English. $2,500-$5,000 scholarships are available to participants in this program. Visit Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarships to learn more! Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship or other. Requirements: be a sophomore between the ages of 18 and 25, 2.5 GPA Websitehttp://studyabroad.ku.edu/internship-singapore Apply: February
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience South Korean culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city of Seoul, and earn academic credit from KU. Explore Seoul and/or travel during weekends. KU has partnered with ISA, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Seoul. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU. Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including the arts, business, communications, education, events, fashion, hospitality, information technology and computer science, media, and PR. In addition to interning, students will take ISA’s Global Internship Course. Business is conducted in English. $2,500-$5,000 scholarships are available to participants in this program. Visit Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarships to learn more! Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship or other. Requirements: be a sophomore at least 18 years old, 2.5 GPA, proficient in English or Korean Website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/internship-seoul Apply: February
This opportunity allows students to gain in-demand global skills and hands-on experience in their field during this 8-week summer program, experience Japanese culture first-hand by living and working in the exciting international city of Tokyo, and earn academic credit from KU KU has partnered with CRCC Asia, an internship program provider, to offer high-quality placements in Tokyo. The internships are unpaid but students receive academic credit from KU (1-5 credits). Internships are available in a wide-range of fields including architecture and real estate, business, engineering, finance and accounting, green technology, logistics, legal, information and technology, hospitality, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, marketing, public relations, advertising, media and creative industries, NGOs, charities, non-profits, travel and tourism. Business is conducted in English. $2,500-$5,000 scholarships are available to participants in this program. Visit Freeman East Asia Internship Scholarships to learn more! Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship or other. Requirements: a 2.5 GPA Website: http://studyabroad.ku.edu/internship-tokyo Apply: February
Center for Experimental Economic in Education (CEEE), Shaanxi, China
During this 6-week summer field research internship in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, students will work with Center for Experimental Economic in Education (CEEE) at Shaanxi Normal University. The CEEE is a national and internationally known non-profit and non-government organization that works improve rural education and health care in China. Interns will learn to conduct field interviews, edit and help write research papers and also communicate with rural residents who have participated in CEEE projects. Students will learn about what China’s development means for rural families, gain valuable hands-on field research experience, and contribute to various projects targeting rural education, healthcare and economics. Reports from past interns have been used in academic papers, new project proposals, and outreach materials about our work. Undergraduates who are interested in applied social science research and contemporary China are encouraged to apply. All majors are welcome! Mandarin Chinese language skills are not required, but are highly preferred. This internship program is run through Shaanxi Nornal University and the University of Kansas. Requirements: Be a sophomore or above (exceptional freshmen will be considered), have strong English writing skills, be self-motivated and inquisitive, 2.75 GPA. Website: https://studyabroad.ku.edu/chinesehealthandeducation Apply: January
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. Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship. 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

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. Unpaid. Earn academic credit at KU by enrolling in GIST 495: Global Internship. Website: unofficialambassadors.com Apply: Application deadlines vary. April (for summer), June (for spring and fall semester)


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