We are committed to helping you make it real through engagement and experience with the world outside the classroom. Our internship program aims to: provide practical experiences under faculty/professional supervision and promote understanding of global problems.
Relevant internships give you valuable work experience and skills as well as exposure to diverse cultures, people and perspectives while earning college credit. Internships also offer an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to the workplace and prepare you for career and graduate school goals.
Internships last for one semester during which you earn college credit; you must be registered for an internship course to earn credit and a grade. The internship will appear on your transcript and is added to your tuition costs.
To qualify, you must:
- Be a World Studies major
- Earn a minimum 2.25 GPA
- Have earned at least nine credits at the 300 level or higher in major core courses
- Complete the internship application
Popular Internships by Major
Although you are welcome to research internship opportunities on your own, the following organizations have proven popular and rewarding for previous School of World Studies majors.
All opportunities are for Spanish unless noted otherwise.
Bilingual-ESL Parent Liaison Office, Richmond Public Schools (Spanish & Arabic)
Cross Over Health Centers (Spanish or Arabic)
American Red Cross of Greater Richmond
Cross Over Health Centers
Initiatives of Change
World Pediatric Project: International Teams
World Pediatric Project: U.S. Referrals
Our speciality internships have specific eligibility, course or credit requirements. All of these internships require completion of the relevant specialty internship form. Please email the contact for the speciality internship you’re interested in for more information.
This 3-credit internship fulfills the Capstone requirement for the Spanish/English Translation & Interpretation (SETI) Certificate Program. Eligibility for the internship requires registration in the SETI program, completion of its course prerequisites and timely submission of the SETI Internship Form. For more information, please call (804) 827-1111.
In the Virtual Curation Laboratory, 3D scanners create digital models of archaeological objects resulting in plastic replicas made by 3D printers. Interns working in the Virtual Curation Laboratory travel to 3D scan artifacts then print and paint them for use in teaching, public outreach, and museum displays. Interns also present their original research at professional conferences. For more information, contact .
National and International Internships
The following internships have not been endorsed by VCU nor the School of World Studies. You are strongly advised to research these opportunities before participating.
African Faith and Justice Network (Washington DC)
International Labor Rights Forum (Washington DC)
Medical Missionaries (Northern VA)
CAPA International (London)
InteRDom (Dominican Republic)
Institute for Field Research Expeditions (18 different countries)
International Education Programs (worldwide)
International Cooperative Education (worldwide)
Global Experiences (worldwide)
Cross Cultural Solutions (worldwide)
Bridge Volunteers (worldwide)