The International Studies Program encourages its students to participate in major-relevant internships to learn about different occupations, test possible career paths, and identify contacts in a specific career field. Students interested in interning for credit should meet with the International Studies Program Director by the deadline dates below to discuss their internship and to provide an offer letter and job description.  Students should then enroll in AS.192.501 Internship-International Studies by submitting the electronic Independent Academic Work form located in SIS under the Registration tab and then On-Line Forms.  Students who enroll in this course must submit a three-page reflection paper at the end of the internship experience that describes their main achievements in the job and the relevance of the internship to their international studies education.

Please NoteThe International Studies Program allows majors a maximum of 3 credits total of internship over their four years of study.

Internship Registration Deadlines

  • Summer 2021 – July 16
  • Fall 2021 – October 8
  • Spring 2022 – March 4

For international students only: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of off-campus work permission available to certain eligible F-1 visa students. CPT is employment which is “an integral part of an established curriculum.” CPT is not to be used merely to facilitate employment for the international student and will only be authorized if the job is related to the student’s course of study and the student will receive course credit for the practical training. CPT is not guaranteed for international students; it must meet both the academic requirements of the department and immigration requirements. For more information, visit the website of the Office of International Services.


Internships in International Affairs: The U.S. Government and Beyond

The following agencies and organizations offer internship and career opportunities that may be of interest to International Studies majors.

State Department



Congress (House and Senate)

Law Enforcement

Support/Contractors (Think Tanks/Beltway Bandits)

NGO’s and International Organizations