An internship abroad can be a wonderful way to improve practical skills, enhance one’s resume, learn about another culture, meet people from many countries and backgrounds, and see another part of the world. Students who are participating on an international internship and receiving academic credit must register with the Study Abroad Office (SAO).
Semester Internship Opportunities
The semester internship opportunities available through the Study Abroad Office typically include the student spending a semester studying at a university, and in addition the host university assists students in obtaining a part-time internship while studying there.
- NC State Exchange/Direct Enroll + Internship
- Many exchange and direct enroll programs offer internship opportunities for students, in addition to taking regular courses at the partner university. Start an Application
- ISEP Direct Enroll + Internship
- Students participating on several different Direct Enroll programs through ISEP are also able to add an internship aspect to their study abroad experience. For a list of possible opportunities, visit ISEP’s Internship Page (Note: NC State students can only participate on ISEP Direct Enroll programs)
- Study Abroad + Internship through Affiliate Providers
- Several affiliate providers offer an internship experience together with a semester long study abroad program. A few include:
Summer Internship Opportunities
Many outside providers offer both full-time and part-time summer internships for students.
- International Studies Abroad (ISA) : Summer Internships
- IES Abroad : Full Time Summer Internships
- UC Berkeley Global Internships
- Offers for-credit project-based academic internships in a variety of industries and locations. UC Berkeley partners with leading organizations to provide students with internship programs and comprehensive support. Internship placements are open to all college students who meet the program requirements.
- Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany
- German language required. Most internships run 3 to 12 months in length and have flexible start dates, and many are paid.
- Going Global Portal
- NC State students can access the Going Global Portal within the ePack system (MyPack→For Students→Student Services). This portal contains regulalry updated international job and internship postings, as well as Country Guides.
Academic Credit for Internships
Students participating on international internships have two ways to receive academic credit. Contact the SAO with any questions regarding receiving academic credit for an internship abroad.
- Semester Study + Internship
- If a student adds on a part-time internship to their semester study abroad program, then generally this credit is already built into the program and only requires the program application to be completed. Check with your Study Abroad Regional Advisor for more information.
- Non-NC State Program Credit
- If the program provider issues direct academic credit for the internship via an accredited university and issues an official transcript, students will complete the Non-NC State program application for the Study Abroad Office. Part of this application includes completing a Course Approval Form, which will determine how that credit will transfer and count at NC State.
- Independent Study Abroad
- If the internship provider does not issue direct credit for the internship experience, NC State students may be able to receive credit through their academic department. These students are traveling independently (i.e. not with any NC State affiliated group, and not with any other organized study abroad program) and have made special arrangements with a faculty member to earn academic credit for an NC State course. Students work directly with their academic advisor and department to determine credit and enroll in courses. Students also submit an Independent Study Abroad application for the term in which their department will be enrolling them in the internship credit course.
Tips for Internship Searching
Students should gather information on as many different programs and opportunities as possible to determine the right fit. Before paying a placement fee, signing a contract, or buying a plane ticket, students should contact organizations and institutions directly with questions about fees, compensation, work expectations, etc. Questions should include, but are not limited to:
- What are the consequences (financial or otherwise) if one leaves the program before the time agreed to?
- What happens if one is not placed in a position or if the placement is not satisfactory?
- What support services are provided by the organization?
Any reputable organization should also be able to put students in touch with others who have participated and who will be able to give an unbiased assessment of the program.