College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Student Resources > Internships > International Internships
What makes an internship international? International
internships are opportunities to work abroad or nationally with organizations
that are committed to engaging with international issues. The following are
There are two distinct types of international internships.
Interning abroad is the most traditional way of doing an
international internship. It is an exciting, life-altering, and challenging
experience. Interning with a government entity, a diplomatic mission, a
non-governmental organization, or a firm located abroad would, by definition,
be consistent with the spirit of this college experience. Start planning
early for this option. Speak to your advisor about “when” and “where” to go
abroad in pursuit of your college goals.
It is not location alone that makes an internship
international. Interning with a government entity, a diplomatic mission, a
non-governmental organization, or a firm located anywhere in the US that has an
explicit international orientation, mission, and agenda, would be consistent
with the spirit of this college experience. Examples include departments of
municipal governments with international involvement, a diplomatic entity, an
international organization like the World bank, an NGO that address refugee
groups, or one of a global corporation. Within Chicago, examples could include
working at the City of Chicago’s international commerce office, or any of the
foreign consular entities in our city, NGOs that address refugee groups, or one
of our many global corporations like Boeing and Hyatt.