International Studies Internships

Internship Guidelines

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 International Studies Department, as stipulated on the course syllabus.

International Studies 398R is a regular internship. The program's expectation is that you spend the full semester of 12 weeks abroad in a foreign country so that you can learn to adapt to and enjoy a culture different than your own. Exceptions to the foreign-based internship experience will be rare and assessed for suitability on a case-by-case basis by the internship director.  For example, consideration may be given to positions at embassies and consulates, or at the EU Delegation in Washington D.C. In addition to the semester's stay, you must work at least 210 hours during the semester.

International Studies students in the past have found varied and interesting assignments. We have had students teach English in various places abroad such as France, Italy, China, Russia, and the Ukraine and do 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 and Ghana, 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 much more. We hope that you will find something that will be both interesting and productive, and allow you to put into practice the lessons you have learned in your international studies classes.

International Studies 399R is the International Study Experience (ISE). The ISE includes the BYUI language study programs in China, France, and Mexico or Chile. BYU Provo programs which run for only seven weeks, can 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.). Students can also select a foreign university to attend that does not have a formal agreement with BYUI or even possibly devise some other individual plan. To be eligible to register for International Studies 399R, you must receive approval from Bro. Jerry Hansen and acquire insurance through HTH Worldwide. To sign up for this insurance, see Tyler Andreasen in Kimball 130F.

Please see the internship coordinator, currently Jerry Hansen (Ricks 262T), as early as possible in your search for a position to get preliminary approval for the internship or study-abroad which you are thinking of pursuing in order to avoid last minute disappointment.

Once you have preliminary approval from the coordinator go to Career Navigator on the BYUI website and fill out the application. The class registration process begins in that way.

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


A List of Some Possibilities

Internship Opportunities I I Fall2014

The Public and International Affairs Office of The Church ofJesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is seeking two interns for the fall semester of 2014. The internship is full time and will last approximately 16 weeks. The internship is not paid. Preference will be given to current undergraduate students already accepted into an international studies, political science, or public relations program at an accredited university, although students in other programs are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must email a resume and cover letter to Kate Lloyd at Cover letters should be addressed to Mr. Lance Walker.

Overview of the Office

The Office of Public and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. is a satellite office of the Public Affairs Department of The Church ofJesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The three goals of the office are to increase awareness, provide answers, and build bridges. International and U.S. government outreach  is essential to accomplishing these goals.

Each year, the office hosts events to strengthen relationships with ambassadors to the United States and other diplomats to increase awareness of the Church and its missions among the international community. Some of these events include the Festival of Lights celebration at the Washington, D.C. Temple, the Western Family Picnic, and a luncheon  for Ambassadors' wives.

Additionally, the office monitors legislation and other events on Capitol Hill and elsewhere that may significantly affect the Church  and its members.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

Depending on his/her skills and interests, an intern could expect to assist with planning, execution, and follow-up for the events listed above. He/she should demonstrate outstanding skills in writing, creativity, research, problem solving, interpersonal communication, and detailed event planning. He/she will also be expected to help with office tasks, running errands, writing letters, assisting with mass mailings, reception duties, etc.

Interns will be expected to wear Sunday dress, to act professionally and to meet the internship credit criteria of their sponsoring university, if applicable.

Application Deadline// 20 June 2014

Internship Start Date II 2 September 2014 (Start date is somewhat flexible)

Contact II Ms. Kate Lloyd at lloydkl@ldschurch.orgor (202) 448-3333



The Department of Technology at the Democratic National Committee is recruiting interns to work on a variety of data analysis and engineering projects over the coming months at its headquarters in DC. This is a good opportunity for current students or recent grads with a variety of methodological backgrounds (e.g., statistics, econometrics, experimental research, programming) to get hands-on experience doing applied political research.

The specifics of our interns' roles will depend upon each individual's particular strengths and interests. But generally speaking, interns will have the opportunity to work with massive and complex political datasets and using them to build predictive models, develop innovative survey tools, and translate the results of our analyses into actionable information for end users. While the next round of the DNC's formal internship program doesn't begin until the fall, we're especially interested in candidates who will be available this summer.

More details about the position and instructions about how to apply can be found here:



General Help

This site costs money if you use them to find an internship. But 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 NGO's or IGO's

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 Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. 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


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.

Vesalius College. Offers courses in many fields in English. There are French courses, home stays with French (or Dutch) speaking families, and internships in business, communication, and international studies. Vesalius has a list of internships that they will find for you, if you sign up for their internship course.

European Institute for Asian Studies 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.

European Union's think tank for strategic and security issues

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 (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

A well-respected daily paper centered on the events, policies, and activities of the EU. Interns here would be doing journalism. A Communications student with European expertise would work well here, but a Political Scientist or International Studies major cold also benefit from the experience. Students would do the work that the journalists did not have time to do. They might be asked to keep their own dossier on a certain topic. They would take notes at conferences and press conferences. They would call sources such as industries in order to get reactions and confirm sources. They may write a few articles.

Scottish Refugee Council works with refugees and asylum seekers across Scotland from our Central Glasgow headquarters and satellite offices in Springburn and Edinburgh.

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) is a Brussels-based non-profit non-governmental organization, which is committed to promoting human rights worldwide. It aims at empowering local civil society groups and assisting them in making their concerns heard at the international level. It also aims at advancing the rights of vulnerable groups, such as women, children, migrants and minorities.  

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. German Academic Exchange Service, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, 212-758-3223 Fax: 212-755-5780

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. Professional workplace experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.

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. Learn more about the program by visiting the website at and contact the staff directly to inquire about the process of applying to serve as a coordinator. 


Teaching English

Teach English in China. Cost including airfare is about $2000. 

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

Teach English in France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain. Cost is about $2000.

On website look under education, then higher education. The French government will pay students ($1000/month) to teach English for a 7 month period. You must have taken up to at least French 201, or have ability equivalent to that level. 


Business Internships

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, also includes Study Abroad possibilities.

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

Casa-Nica is a NGO located in Masaya, Nicaragua, known as the "cultural basin" of Nicaragua that works with the Nicaraguan people in a diverse array of project fields such as education, agriculture, sustainability, technology, and animal care.

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.   

Organization:  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 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 Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering programs abroad in developing countries all over the world. Each year we place over 4000 people into our programs abroad and have a wide range of volunteer travel opportunities in Kenya, Kenya - Maasai, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, India, Nepal, VietnamCambodia, GuatemalaEcuador, Costa RicaThailandChinaBrazilColombiaPeru - Cusco, Peru - Lima, Morocco, Sri Lanka and Mexico.


International Study Experiences-International Studies 399R

For full-semester programs at a foreign university China, France, or Mexico, see the BYUI language department in the Smith Building.


For customized possibilities see Bro. Jerry Hansen at Ricks Building 262T.