Internship Guidelines

Please read carefully these guidelines, as they are very important. Once you have done so, visit the College of Language and Letters Advising Center (SMI 269), as early as possible in your search for a position, to address general questions about requirements or the approval process. To take the next step, in order to obtain preliminary approval for the internship or study-abroad you are considering, please see Scott Galer (SMI 296A).

You can fulfill the internship requirement in one of two ways:

  • International Studies 398R or International Studies 399R. To get credit for either 398R or 399R, students must fulfill course requirements established by the Languages and International Studies Department, as stipulated on the course syllabus.
    • International Studies 398R is a regular internship. Departmental guidelines suggest that, when possible, and when it is the best option for overall career development, you spend a full semester abroad (including 210 hours of work), so that you can learn to function in a culture different than your own. 
    • International Studies students have found varied and interesting assignments.
    • Students have found a variety of internships. Some have taught English in various places abroad such as France, Italy, China, Russia, and Ukraine. Others have done volunteer aid work in orphanages in Ecuador and Ghana. Students have worked at a medical company in Thailand, a women's rights clinic in India, NGOs in Belgium, Fiji, Ghana, and Nepal, at a think tank in Albania, a city government in Germany, an American Presence Post in Rennes, France, at U.S. embassies in Latvia and London, and many more.
    • We hope that you will find an internship that will be both interesting and productive, and allow you to put into practice the lessons you have learned in your coursework.
    • International Studies 399R is an International Study Experience (ISE). The ISE includes the BYU-Idaho language study programs in China, France, and Mexico. BYU programs which run for only seven weeks may still be accepted if you live in country with a family native to that country (a French speaking family in Paris, a German speaking family in Vienna, etc.). 
    • To be eligible to register for International Studies 399R, you must receive approval from Scott Galer and acquire insurance through HTH Worldwide. To sign up for this insurance, see Tyler Andreasen in Kimball 130F.

Once you have preliminary approval from the coordinator, apply for your chosen internship (according to the organization's guidelines) and go to iplan and fill out the formal BYUI application. You will be notified when you can register for the INTST 398R or 399R class.

The Financial Aid Department offers some help for expenses for internships or study abroad. See Bro. Mike Kelley in Kimball 100 for assistance. 

Internship Opportunities

General Help

Though this site costs money if you use them to find an internship, it is great site to get ideas on types of internships that are offered in different academic disciplines as found in different countries. 

General Internships both domestic and international in many fields. You would need to do some looking on this site. Go to Programs and you will find some really interesting international opportunities.

Internships with NGOs or IGOs

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.

The Pickering Fellowship has both an Undergraduate and Graduate Program. Pickering Undergraduate applicants must apply as rising seniors; Graduate applicants must be seeking admission to a two-year master's degree program in the fall of 2014. 2014 Fellows will receive financial support of up to $40,000 annually* for: Tuition costs (first priority), Room and board, Books, Mandatory Fees, One round trip ticket between Fellow's residence and his/her academic institutions

U.S. Embassies

Students from BYUI have received assignments at embassies England, Latvia, Slovenia, and Brazil and at the Russian Consulate in Denver. Apply to the State Department for an embassy assignment.

American Presence Post

American Presence Post is a very small diplomatic facility of the United States government located abroad. It is usually staffed by a single Foreign Service Officer who carries the title of Consul. They accept interns. There are currently posts in Medan, Indonesia; Busan, South Korea; and the following cities in France: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Rennes, and Toulouse.

Canadian Consulate

The Canadian Consulate General Seattle invites American university students who wish to experience an internship with a foreign government in the United States to apply for the Intern Programme.  These positions are non-paid.  Interested students should apply no less than 90 days prior to their anticipated start-date (beginning of semester, quarter, term) as those selected must undergo a Government of Canada background / security check.  Interns are provided an email account with Foreign Affairs Canada.

Interested students should contact:

Kevin Cook
Political, Economic & Academic Officer
Canadian Consulate General
1501 Fourth Avenue
Suite 600
Seattle WA 98101

NATO School

Oberammergau, Germany

Institute of Leadership

Work for the think tank of the Albanian Democratic Party, a center-right Albanian political party, to develop the idea of civil society in Albania. Will live and work in Tirana, Albania. See Bro. Scott Galer for more details if interested.

Human Rights Without Frontiers

Research and write reports for a human rights NGO in Brussels, Belgium. See Bro. Scott Galer for more details if interested.

Gerard Noodt Foundation

Research and write reports for a human rights NGO in Heesch, the Netherlands. See Bro. Scott Galer for more details if interested.

European Institute for Asian Studies

EIAS is a leading Think Tank based in Brussels and Luxembourg, the twin capitals of the European Union, focusing on EU-Asia relations.

Critical Language Scholarship

Fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Delegation of the European Union

The Delegation of the European Union in Washington offers a unique opportunity for dynamic individuals to engage in the work of one of the EU's largest and most active diplomatic missions. By interning with the EU Delegation, students and recent graduates develop a comprehensive understanding of the transatlantic relationship.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is a full-year work-study fellowship program which provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in each participant's career field. Expenses paid: Full-year scholarship including round-trip transatlantic flight, university tuition, language training, living stipend, and program-related travel costs in Germany; Two-months German language training in Germany; Four months of study at a German university or university of applied sciences; Five-month internship in a German-speaking work environment; Accommodation in a German home or student residence; Orientation, midyear, and final evaluation seminars; In-country support throughout the program; Health and accident insurance. Candidates for CBYX must meet the following eligibility requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 18-24 years old at the beginning of the program; Minimum of high school diploma or equivalent; Completed general coursework in target internship field at a community college, college, or university; Completed some relevant work experience (short-term, volunteer, or internship) in target internship field; Previous knowledge of the German language is preferred, but is not required; Ideal candidates have clear career goals, good communication skills, and exhibit flexibility and diplomacy.

Public Affairs Office-Brussels, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Brussels, Belgium

Work for Francesco di Lilla, Director of Church Public Affairs Office-Brussels, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The European Union Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brussels is offering internships to LDS graduate or undergraduate students focusing on international relations, international law, human rights and freedom of religion or belief. The core purpose of the EU Office is to support the government relations affairs of the Church at the European Union, focusing on issues related to faith, family and freedom of religion or belief. Depending on the intern's academic emphasis, and EU political agenda, s/he could be attending European Parliament committee meetings and conferences, writing reports, researching on freedom of religion or belief, humanitarian or other strategic policies, or assisting with other tasks. Further information and conditions can be requested at

Teaching English

China Horizons

Teach English in China. Cost including airfare is about $1000.

Help (Heslington Language Program)

Experience Mexico while serving the local community.  Volunteer in a local school, live with a host family, take Spanish classes, enjoy bi-weekly cultural events. $1,000 semester program. 

International Language Program

Teach English in Russia, China, Mexico, Ukraine, or Thailand.


Teach English in France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain for three months. Live with a family and teach them English. Cost is about $800 plus airfare. There are also programs in Thailand, Vietnam, and China. 

French Government 

On website look under education, then higher education. The French government will pay students ($1000/month) to teach English for a seven-month period. You must have taken up to at least French 201, or have equivalent ability.

Business Internships

Help International

Help International has business internships in Uganda, Belize, Philippines, India, Thailand, Peru, and Fiji. Contact Suzanne Whitehead at

Suzanne Whitehead explains: "Our business minded students specifically tend to focus on micro-credit, consulting struggling businesses, hosting business seminars/classes, and setting up village banks. HELP international does not give out loans but rather focuses on helping consult those who have been given money yet lack the necessary background in business to use their loan to the full potential. We have had business students in all seven of our countries: Uganda, Belize, Philippines, India, Thailand, Peru, and Fiji. If you have a student with a particular project or idea, we are able to facilitate setting it up as well as simply placing a student in the country in which we feel that their specific skill set and interests will be best if they aren't sure where to go. Interna are able to choose their country as well as the length of their internship (5, 10, or 15 weeks). I would be more than happy to personally talk to any student considering a HELP International experience. Please feel free in giving any student my email or my number ( 406.270.6216)."


Humanitarian Internships

Rising Star Outreach

Rising Star Outreach is a non-profit organization that serves the leprosy-affected people in southern India. The program focuses on helping leprosy colonies become thriving, self-sufficient communities through three major initiatives: Medical care through mobile medical clinics, Economic rehabilitation and local infrastructure development, including access to micro-finance, Education for the rising generation to break the cycle of poverty and begging. Short-term volunteers participate in the programs to support all three major initiatives. Internship opportunities exist for those willing to stay for 3 months or longer and serve as coordinators of short-term volunteer involvement. 

Help International

ELI Abroad

Orphanage Support Services Organization

Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO) is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides volunteer opportunities to serve in orphanages in Ecuador in over 10 orphanages

The Institute for Self-Reliant Agriculture

The Institute for Self-Reliant Agriculture (SRA) is a continuation of the small-scale agriculture model which was created and demonstrated in many developing nations over the past several decades, by the Ezra Taft Benson Agriculture and Food Institute at Brigham Young University. SRA is currently implementing the small-scale agricultural model in Ibarra, Ecuador and Piura, Peru. SRA has invitations from the governments of Bolivia, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Guatemala, and Ghana for future projects as funds become more available.

Union of Community Development Volunteers

Union of Community Development Volunteers (UCDV)

In-situ Program Director and Contact: Mutebi Eddie, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 35792 Kampala, Uganda. Physical Address: Block 26, Plot 842, Professor Apolo Nsibambi Road, Kampala, Uganda

Brief: The Union of Community Development Volunteers-Uganda (UCDV) is a perfect fit for BYU-Idaho students seeking international experience and internship opportunities in fields of education, public health, international studies, nursing, and many others.  UCDV has been in operation since 2004 and has partnered with the LDS church since 2006.  The organization's priorities are in clean water projects and sanitation, with secondary portions of work going to tree planting in urban areas in an effort to improve air quality; and HIV/AIDS awareness.  Water/sanitation in both physical projects (wells, latrines) and sanitation/hygiene education comprise 60% of the work.  The remaining portion is tree replanting, teaching vocational life skills, and HIV/AIDS awareness programs. The office is located in Mengo, a nice part of Kampala, just a few blocks from the LDS branch.  LDS Humanitarian Missionaries have been closely involved in UCDV projects since 2006.  Program Director Mutebi Eddie is an active member of the church and attends Mengo Branch.  Living conditions:  Kampala is a teeming metropolis of three million with a rapidly growing LDS community.  Safe living conditions are readily available.  Interns could live in any part of the city, but should look for American standards living conditions and should expect to pay $200 per person/ per month for safe and comfortable furnished housing not including the cost of food.  Airfare from Salt Lake City to Entebbe, Uganda ranges from $1600 to $2000 depending on season.

Cross-Cultural Solutions 

Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit working to address critical global issues by providing meaningful and sustainable volunteer services to international communities, and contributing responsibly to local economies.

International Study Experiences-International Studies 399R


Only Semester Abroad programs are acceptable for INTST 399R credit. Academic Tours are not acceptable.

BYU Kennedy Center Study Abroad Programs