Students majoring and minoring in International Studies frequently seek internships in a wide variety of organizations--governmental, non-governmental, educational, professional, and business-oriented. They may take place in the United States or abroad and students may earn up to 6 hours of UNK credit for them. Internships are normally student initiated and require approval of the Program Director. As a program, we support our students' desire to enhance their skills and future marketability. This page provides an incomplete listing of some internships that may be of interest to International Studies students. We ask students to inform us of other sites that we should add to this list.

Council on US-Arab Relations

Student interns at Council on US-Arab Relations

NCUSAR is offering an Internship Program in Washington D.C. for the summer of 2017. This program offers many different benefits such as academic, professional, and personal development. This experience combines full-time work experiences with a parallel academic seminar and site-visits to central institutions of federal government, national security policy making, and international diplomacy and business over 10 weeks. This internship will allow students to interact with professionals that have careers related to improving various facets of the Arab-US relationship. 

CIS Abroad

CIS Abroad

CIS Abroad aids in pairing students with internship opportunities and study abroad experiences that best suit them. Browse through their many different partner locations and internship/study abroad options. "We provide innovative education programs that broaden academic perspectives, promote global awareness, and encourage personal development while laying the foundation for participants to become engaged world citizens".

IES Internships

IES Internships

IES Internships offers unpaid, full-time summer internship programs for academic credit in thirteen locations and full-time semester internships in five locations. In addition to IES Internships programming, IES Abroad offers unpaid, part-time semester and summer internships to supplement study abroad coursework in more than 25 cities around the world. While full-time summer internships are guaranteed, part-time internships are not. Internship locations include: Australia, Ireland, Germany, Spain, and many more. IES also offers Internship opportunities within the Unites States. 

MED Life

MED Life Internships

"Are you passionate about MEDLIFE? Are you an active citizen who values community involvement? What about discussing social issues and playing an active role in creating a visible difference? Then join the MEDLIFE call-to-action to make a positive change!". MED Life is currently looking to fill intern positions in areas such as: Volunteer Affairs, MED Programs, Media, and Expansion.

One Heart Source

One Heart Source Internships

"One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2017 Experiential Learning Programs in Cape Town, South Africa. We are offering a variety of 1, 2, and 4-weekvolunteer programs and internships next summer. As a One Heart Volunteer you will: Gain international experience for graduate school and employment, Develop skills in international communication, mentorship and community outreach, Mentor students to achieve academic growth and cultivate lasting relationships, Immerse yourself in local communities and broaden your global perspective, Collaborate with groups of university students from around the world".

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse Internship

"The Samaritan’s Purse Global Internship Program is an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to use their skills to impact the hurting world in a tangible way. Whether at our international headquarters in North Carolina or in one of our field offices around the globe, young professionals will experience the intricate workings of an international non-profit while being a part of the greater calling to help impact the world in Jesus’ Name".

Sandhill's Publishing

"Sandhills Internships bring student talent and employment opportunity together in temporary work experiences related to the students' academic career interests. Sandhills offers PAID internships for both undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of fields. Positions offer potential to work in the internship until graduation and potential career opportunities after graduation". Internship opportunities include: Business and Communications, Ag Sales, Marketing, Bilingual International Marketing, Human Resources, and Sales. 


WWOOF Internships

"Want to live and learn on organic farms worldwide? Want to share your life with other like-minded people? WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community. As a volunteer (or WWOOFer as we call them) you will live alongside your host helping with daily tasks and experiencing life as a farmer. As a host farm you will open your home to receive visitors from your own country or abroad who want to connect with the land and support the organic movement".

History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center

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The History and Public Policy Program (HAPP) hosts interns and research assistants during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Interns work on-site at the Wilson Center and will support HAPP programs such as the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP), and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or masters degree program, have graduated within the past year, or have been accepted to an advanced degree program in history, political science, library science, or related field within the next year.

Internships are unpaid, though we do offer interns the opportunity to earn academic credit in accordance with their programs' requirements. International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa at the time of application and appropriate work authorization.



Started by students for students, BUNAC has been providing worldwide working adventures to young people since 1962. We are the UK’s largest, A-rated Tier 5 visa sponsor and provide Government Authorized Exchange to enable students and recent graduates from non-EEA countries to intern in the UK, as well as offering professional internship opportunities in a multitude of other countries.

As the job market narrows, overseas work experience or internships can be a vital part of a stand-out graduate’s resume. Travel overseas can be a daunting experience, but with BUNAC’s expertise of working with students and its wealth of travel experience, students can rely on BUNAC’s staff to provide guidance and support before they leave the USA, in addition to the full support services throughout their stay overseas.



Intern Abroad HQ currently offers both short-term and low-cost internship programs in Costa Rica, Peru (Cusco), and Guatemala. Internship opportunities are available in Healthcare (Medical, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Psychology), Microfinance, NGO Support, Tourism & Hospitality, Youth Development & Education, Environment & Wildlife Conservation (and more). Entry-level options are available from just a minimum duration of two weeks.

Our internship programs additionally include a guided reflection course, based on an experiential learning model. Weekly reflection modules are provided and each introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts to inspire the journaling process, along with personal and professional development.

The purpose of this approach is to address articulation challenges and build personally relevant connections, so that learning is understood and integrated as it relates back to an intern’s own life, goals, and perspectives. (It's widely reported that students who are more engaged with their learning experiences abroad enjoy more positive employment and personal well-being outcomes).