International Internships

International Study Programs, in partnership with Internship Services, encourages you to explore the possibilities of an international internship. An international experience in your field could make all the difference in obtaining the career position you desire in the future. Start exploring the opportunities and make a plan with your advisor for an international internship.

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Interested in expanding your education globally?

While International Study Programs (ISP) maintains connections with international internship options from around the world, there are many UVU faculty, staff, and community members who also have international connections. In preparing for an international internship, be sure to explore possibilities with campus and community contacts.

Follow UVU students as they intern abroad at the UVU International Study Programs Blog.

International Internship Student Checklist (information posted below as well)

Proposal for an International Internship

Explore & Identify International Internship Opportunities

  1. Meet with an International Study Programs (ISP) advisor to discuss international internship options. WB 147, 801-863-8342, intlstudyprograms@uvu.edu
  2. Meet with an Internship Services advisor, who may have additional information regarding an international internship. Internship Services, LC 409, 801-863-6589, internships@uvu.edu
  3. Begin internship process six months prior to the beginning of the internship:
    Fall Semester — February, Spring Semester — June, Summer Semester — October

Preparing for the Internship

  1. Meet with a counselor from Career Developement Center to get coaching on cover letter writing, resume writing,
    and interviewing.
  2. Prepare application materials (cover letter, resume, writing sample, letters of recommendation).
  3. Meet with your Department Internship Coordinator to make sure the internship fits with your department's
    academic focus.
  4. Review application materials with ISP advisor. Discuss financial aid options.

Applying for the Internship

  1. Department Internship Coordinator will assist in this process.
  2. Department Internship Coordinator submits materials to potential host offices.
  3. Obtain approval for an international internship from the Director of International Study Programs (WB 147).

Pre-Departure Arrangements

  1. Complete the online orientation at www.uvu.edu/internships/students/orientation.html
  2. Once internship placement has been finalized, work with the department internship coordinator to make travel plans, housing arrangements, visa arrangements, and register for international health insurance through ISP. Attend pre-departure seminars. Complete all other
    necessary forms.
  3. Register for credit with Department Internship Coordinator and complete the required learning agreement.

A few websites to check for internships are found in prospective internships opportunities below.

Please visit Internship Services for more information.

 

Scholarships and other funding options

Preparing your Funding Application

Most funding sources require you to complete a specific application form and have guidelines about which materials to include with the application. Even if there is not a formal application form, generally, you will be asked to submit any of the following items:

Statement of Purpose:

One of the most important parts of the internship application is your statement of purpose. This is traditionally an essay (1-2 pages) explaining why you are interning abroad and why you require funding. Additionally, statement of purpose is meant to give insight into who you are. Parts of this statement are applicable to both the initial internship application and funding applications. Useful items to address include a specific explanation of why this internship will help you meet your future academic/career goals and how this fits with your past and future experiences. It is also beneficial to address the needs of the organization you are applying to and demonstrate your awareness of the organization's mission.

Budget:

Include figures for travel, housing, and personal expenses (e.g. transportation to internship). In order to submit a budget, most successful applicants research the currencies compared to the dollar and cost of living in the country where he or she will be interning. The employer or internship provider may also be able to assist with a cost estimate. Try to reduce costs for airfare, housing, and other items on your budget.

Sample Budget for U.S. Department of State Internship in Athens, Greece

Travel: $1,200 (roundtrip airfare from Detroit to Athens, summer)
Room/ Board: $3,000 (10 weeks)
Personal Expenses: $600 (including cost of daily transportation to internship)

TOTAL: $4,800

See a detailed sample budget that includes anticipated expenses and funding sources.

Airfare:

STA Travel (www.statravel.com) and Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) are good resources for student travel rates.

Housing:

Negotiate with the employer to see if housing can be provided as “payment in kind” or see if the employer can help locate inexpensive housing.

Letters of Recommendation:

Letters from professors attesting to the relevance of the internship to your academic and personal goals strengthen your application.

Verification of your acceptance:

This can be in the form of an acceptance letter from an employer or supervisor which includes information regarding location, dates, and nature of your internship.

Official or Unofficial transcript

General Funding Tips

  • Don't hesitate to ask! Networking and asking people for funding ideas is always worth a try.
  • Start early! For example, the U.S. Department of State accepts candidates for summer internships any time between December and January (application deadline is November 1). Begin exploring sources for funding your internship right away. Deadlines for grants are usually early in the winter term, and some are offered as late as March.
  • If you are interested in a paid internship, persistence helps! For example, approximately 1/3 of the U.S. Department of State internships are paid, depending on financial need. The initial application asks that you submit a copy of your Student Aid Report. If you qualify for a paid internship, you will be sent specific paperwork to complete. Contact the student intern coordinator with any questions or concerns. Other internship programs also offer specific stipends or paid internships that might not be listed.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

If you are receiving academic credit for your internship, it is possible that federal financial aid can be used to assist with funding. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information. International Study Programs (ISP) offers internship credit with many of their study abroad programs, as well as funding for UVU interns. Many study-internship programs offer scholarships. The volunteer-internship program Cross-Cultural-Solutions offers scholarships. Some non-UVU programs can process financial aid (examples include Boston University, IES, Syracuse University).

Fundraising (Off-Campus)

Look to organizations like the Rotary Club, Kiwanis, ethnic/religious organizations,  and even family and friends. It is often possible to approach your local Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, etc. club and offer to do a presentation about your internship for them instead of just writing a request for funding. Usually these types of clubs are very interested in having speakers present at their meetings and enjoy establishing a relationship with the people they are funding. It would also be to your advantage to offer to present again upon your return from the internship in order to assure them that their money has been put to good use. Specifically for Rotary Clubs, offering to attend a Rotary meeting in the country where you will be interning would be extremely beneficial. Presenting your internship in front of religious organizations as well as in front of family members and friends is also a good way to inform them of your goals and to give them a sense of investing in your education as opposed to just giving you money.

Two web sites that have excellent general suggestions for fundraising are:

UVU Internship Scholarship Program

The UVU Internship Scholarship Program, through Internship Services, offers several scholarships to students receiving credit for their internships each semester. There are currently 3 types of scholarships available - Non-Profit (IPE), Government, and General.

  • Non-Profit (IPE) scholarships can only be applied to by those UVU interns who are working for non-profit organization and will not be paid during their internship. Award amount is $1000.
  • Government scholarships are for UVU students who are completing an internship at a city, state, or federal government agency. Award amount is $1000.
  • General Scholarships can be applied for by any UVU student. Award amounts range from $200 - $800.

 

Prospective Internship Opportunities

Working abroad offers opportunities for in-depth cross-cultural experience, personal development, expanding your knowledge of a foreign language, and preparing you for a future in a global society. Don't miss out!

International Internship Providers

Freeman-ASIA Scholarships

Freeman-ASIA provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants should have a minimum 2.8 GPA. The program's goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for spring programs. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application,
please visit: http://www.iie.org/freeman-asia

British Internship Opportunities

The US-UK Fulbright Commission in London is seeking applicants for their internship program.

We also have the ability to host recent graduates (within six months of graduation) and current graduate students in fields such as higher education administration or international education, as volunteers through the BUNAC Intern in Britain Programme: http://www.bunac.org/usa/interninbritain/

Summer Internship in Prague

The position has received glowing reviews in the past. The internship is conducted in English, no visa requirements as it is unpaid. Students can go to http://www.goesac.com for more information on costs and the full schedule.

There are a number of different divisions you might work in depending on your wishes and the Prague offices needs. Whether you join Advisory, Assurance, Tax, or Transaction Advisory Services, you'll collaborate with a diverse group of talented individuals ready to share their knowledge and experience to help you succeed. This collaborative approach extends to the way we work with clients: you'll learn how we forge successful relationships with businesses and other types of organization to help them achieve their potential.

The past interns have all loved this position. You have a huge variety of roles and client service opportunities to choose from. And while that's exciting, it can also be challenging.

Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program

The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education, aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application, please visit: http://www.iie.org/programs/finip

Civitas International Professional Internship Program in Warsaw, Poland (in English)

http://www.globaleducationleadership.org/

Interested students can apply for professional internships in Warsaw, Poland (IN ENGLISH) that are offered year-round.

Mama Camilla's Cooking School in Sorrento, Italy

The internship cooking courses are taught in English- and in a small bit of Italian. During month #2 and #3 student is placed in restaurant or hotel kitchen in Italy, where it is not guaranteed that anyone will speak English. They offer Italian language courses along with the cooking class during the first month. More information available on their website. UVU has had two students attend this school for their internship credit and they absolutely loved it! EDITED

http://www.mamicamilla.com/