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 (CHP 106), 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 visit the Career and Internship Services Office or email

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
    • Students should pursue internships that will enhance employability at graduation. Students participating in the SmartElect program may wish to seek an internship related to their area of future employment interest. In most cases, internships should be sought domestically. Students planning for careers in the State Department or in other areas where an international internship may be the best choice, should plan ahead to secure high-quality internships (such as in the State Department internship program) and be prepared to justify their decision to take an internship abroad.
    • Students seeking approval for an internship abroad will be invited to meet briefly with the Academic Vice President to discuss their internship plans. Faculty internship coordinators and the Internship and Career Services office will help students to prepare for these interviews. Students should be prepared to discuss costs, benefits, employability enhancement, safety, and security.
    • International Studies 399R is an International Study Experience (ISE). The ISE includes the BYU Kennedy Center for international studies Study Abroad, Internships, or Direct Enrollment programs. 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 and acquire insurance through GEO Blue. To sign up for this insurance, see Leesa Allen in Kimball 130F.

Once you have preliminary approval, 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

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
206-770-4065Phone call icon

2017 Analytics Summer Fellowship

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

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 ( 406.270.6216Phone call icon)."


Humanitarian Internships

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.

Internships with the Canadian Government (for Canadian students)

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