Applying for an Internship

Applying for an Internship

NOTE:  You must submit your Application and Agreement to the World Studies Advising Office by the Application Deadline 
(Internship Deadlines 2016-17
) in order to register for the course and receive academic credit for your internship.  Late applications will NOT be accepted. 

The Internship Listings on this website include area organizations with which the VCU World Studies Internship program has an ongoing relationship.  Students are not limited to these locations and are free to explore other options.  The internship coordinator can assist you in identifying appropriate agencies given your particular academic and career interests.  However, you, the student, are ultimately responsible for securing an internship placement.  Follow these simple steps to apply for an internship:

Internship Instructions

Step 1:  Are you eligible for an internship?

To be eligible for credit in a World Studies internship, students must have:

  1. Declared the World Studies major for which the student wishes to receive internship credit. 
  2. Earned a major GPA of 2.25 (note:  If your overall GPA is a 2.25 or below, your internship may not be approved)
  3. Completed at least 9 credits at the 300 level or above in their World Studies major with a "C" or better (if you are unsure about whether you meet this requirement, it is recommended to set up an appointment with your academic advisor).

Step 2:  Carefully read through the course requirements before finding a location.

You can find the Course Requirements and the rest of the Internship Application documents under Internship Application or at the World Studies Advising Office in the Franklin St. Gym, Suite 221 (817 W. Franklin St.).

Step 3:  Securing an internship location relevant to your major.    

First review the organizations listed on the World Studies website for your major under General Internships.  Contact the agencies that are of interest to you, stating your interest in working with them and asking about their particular application process and required paperwork for securing an internship position.  Some agencies do not have paid internship positions but will accept volunteers.  Note:  The internship listings on the World Studies website include area organizations with which the VCU World Studies Internship program has an ongoing relationship.  Students are not limited to these locations and are free to explore other options.  If you do choose to pick a location not listed on the website, please attach a brochure or pamphlet from the organization, including their website, to your internship application for location approval.  Outside organizations must be related to the student’s major and, for Foreign Language majors, must require the use of the target language at least 50% of the time.

Step 4:  Submitting the Application and Agreement.

Once you have an agreement to work with a specific organization, you and your supervisor must complete and sign the internship application and internship agreement forms.  (Note: Unsigned applications will automatically be rejected.) Please submit the fully completed, with all signatures, Internship Application and Internship Agreement to the SWS Advising Office West Franklin Street Gym 817 West Franklin Street 2nd floor Rm 221A by the Application Deadline for the semester you intend to complete your internship.  Late applications will NOT be accepted.  You do not need an appointment to return the Application and Agreement.

Step 5:  Registering for your Internship credits.

If your paperwork is submitted on time and your internship is approved, you will receive an email with instructions for adding the appropriate internship course to your semester registration.  Only students registered for an internship course will receive a grade and academic credit for their internship.  Please Note:  The Internship is an academic course like any other.  The credits will appear on your transcript and will be added to your tuition cost.