An internship is the supervised placement of a student in a work setting during a semester or summer for an appropriate number of college credits. The amount of academic credit awarded depends on the amount of time the student works at the site.
An internship experience will stand out on your resume to potential employers and give you the marketable skills used in the workplace on a daily basis. It gives you the opportunity to apply the theories and knowledge you've learned in the classroom, providing you with hands on experience. Internships also give you the time to explore career options and interests.
An international internship is valuable to more than just the global and international studies student. It's an experience that can broaden any major's understanding of culture, business and communications. Gaining a wider view of how multinational corporations and international organizations operate can be a great benefit in an increasingly global economy. An international internship may also give you insights into foreign policy making processes, not just in government but in business as well. Increased appreciation for the differences and similarities that characterize our world -- something that an international internship can provide -- can be useful for anyone.
It's important to think ahead and start exploring your options as early as possible. All internships must be pre-planned early in the semester prior to the actual experience. For further information, contact global and international studies (226 Marano Campus Center, 312.3236), The Center for Experiential Learning (142 Marano Campus Center, 312.2151), or the Office of International Education and Programs (100 Sheldon Hall, 312.2118).
Remember, internship positions are available for every major. You may not realize all the possible places you can work with your degree. Your degree gives you skills that apply to more than just the obvious positions. For example, a degree in Education gives you the skills to work in schools but the same skills are used in corporations to train employees, as well as in museums, historical sites and many other areas. Don't limit yourself!