Internships in International Studies
Internships are an important way to make your resume stand out from those of your peers. They will provide you with a vital career experience as well as count towards academic credits towards the International Studies major or minor. Employers often look for someone with experience in their industry which can be gained through completing an internship during a student's undergraduate studies. Many corporations, government agencies, and non-profit groups offer internships and co-op programs throughout the spring and fall semesters, as well as winter and summer depending on the employer. Internships can also give you a sense of which direction you may want to go after college as well as build relationships and networks for future employment. Whether it is graduate school, employment in the private sector, or a position in the government, internships can help make this possible.
Recent MU International Studies majors have interned with:
- British Parliament Foundation in London, UK
- Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Canada
- Chilean Parliament in Valparaíso, Chile
- Fundación América Solidaria in Santiago, Chile
- Marks and Spencer in Londer, U.K.
- Save the Children Foundation in London, U.K
- Amnesty International
- Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, D.C.
- Lancaster PRIME
- Nissin Food Corporation
- Office of Global Education & Partnerships
- US Department of Commerce
Contact the Office of Global Education and Partnerships for more information about international internships.
Employers like their future employees to demonstrate certain characteristics and skills, and it is especially valued when they are related to career experiences. Internships can serve as a concrete reference to your future employers that you have strengthened and developed skills and values such as:
- Multicultural Communication
- Problem Solving Techniques
- Language (bi/multilingual) Proficiency
- Humility/Sense of Humor
- Ability to Build Relationships/Teamwork
- Dedication/Work Ethic
- Research & Planning
- Willingness to Learn
For more information about internships in general, contact the Office of Experimental Learning and Career Management located in the Bedford House.