SWS Internship Program

"This internship has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my personal and professional life. I never expected to say that at the end of these few months. I worked with a diverse range of people and a number of my professional skills were developed and improved. Over the course of this position, new passions have been formed and long-lasting relationships were created. I would strongly encourage all students to partake in an internship because practice is the only way to discover your passions in life. In addition, theory is far easier than reality. Memorizing concepts and jargon is hugely different then applying them in a workplace. This internship has been one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve partaken in."
-Marissa Scott, International Studies Major, on her Summer 2014 Internship with Shamin Hotels: Courtyard by Marriott

The School of World Studies is committed to the premise that learning is best facilitated through engagement with the dynamic complexities and challenges of the world outside the classroom. Experiencing the world is the most important step to truly understanding it.  The World Studies Internship Program provides advanced students an opportunity to gain work experience in an area related to their major that will supplement classroom learning and introduce them to new skills, cultures and world views.

Applying for an Internship  Internship Deadlines 2018-19 [PDF]
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Specialty Internships Log of Hours

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Declared the World Studies major for which the student wishes to receive internship credit. 
  • Earned a minimum major GPA of 2.25.
  • Completed at least 9 credits at the 300 level or above in the World Studies major with a "C" or better.

To apply for an internship within the School of World Studies, please follow the Instructions found under Applying for an Internship. The Internship Application and Agreement must be returned to the World Studies Advising office by the Application Deadline (Internship Deadlines 2018-19 [PDF])‌.  Late Applications will NOT be accepted.

NOTE:  Internship placements must be approved prior to beginning the internship.

Other criteria and requirements may apply for specialty internships. Please see Specialty Internships for more information.

World Studies Internship Goals

Provide SWS students with important practical experiences under faculty and professional supervision which compliment their field of study and which will, at the same time, be of benefit to the institution to which the intern is assigned;

Promote among students a better understanding of major global problems confronting the world;

Offer an opportunity to critically assess their undergraduate education with the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge and skills in a real job setting;
Complement career and graduate school preparation with systematic experiential and service learning over an extended period of time.