An international experience is not simply limited to the classroom. An International Internship is a great way to further develop your knowledge and skills. Along with the potential to earn academic credit, students who complete an international internship expand their networks and develop transferable skills which give them a competitive edge after graduation.
Locating an International Internship
I. Arrange your own internship. This requires more research and motivation but also has the benefit of offering you an internship that closely meets your needs. Your Career Development Center and your academic department are your best resource for finding internships however it is also possible to search for them on your own. Listed at the bottom of this page are a few places to start your search.
II. Contact an internship organization to see if they have placements in your field. The advantage(s) of working with an internship organization are that they have the industry connections and their listed price often includes housing, airport pickup, internship seminars, visa support, etc. Listed below are some organizations that are able to help arrange international internships. This list of organizations does not include all possible options available to students nor are they organizations that are recommended more than other options. They are merely organizations that we have experience with and that in most cases should be able to meet the Appalachian Internship requirements. Students are encouraged to explore all options and should not submit an application fee to the organizations until they fully understand the process, cost, and that the internship will be approved by their home department.
Appalachian State Partners (Program Cost billed through AppState)
- African Impact (select sites have been approved)
- CEA Internships
- CIEE Internships
- GE Internships
- ISA Internships
- SIT Summer Internships
- USAC Hawke’s Bay Internship Offers 1 track during the summer:Agriculture and the Environment.
- USAC Wellington Summer Internships Offer 3 tracks during the summer: Communication and Marketing, Creative Expression and Digital Media, Disaster Risk and Emergency Management.
Other Affiliate Options (Program Cost not billed through AppState)
- African Impact (students may apply to other AI sites but these will not be billed through AppState)
- CIS Internships
- CRCC Asia
- IES Internships
- Intern Group
- Pagoda Projects
Semester Exchange Partners with Internship Options
Duy Tan University - Semester long internships available for Hospitality majors and possibly CIS and Computer Science.
BINUS University - Semester long internships may be possible for Computer Science, CIS, Business, Design, Architecture, Psychology, and Communication.
Some of our Affiliate partners offer Study+Internship during the semester. Students interested in this option should contact the Education Abroad office.
Students who are interested in international internships will need to complete the following steps:
- Meet with their faculty advisor to find an internship or communicate the information you have found with your advisor regarding your internship
- Get approval from the department and be submitted into the Internship Inventory.
- Complete the OIED International Internship application. OIED must certify international internships before student can be registered in the internship course by the department. Please see the International Internship Checklist for information about the OIED process.
- Follow up with your department to ensure you are registered for internship credit/or follow up with OIED to make sure you have been registered for the international internship placeholder course (if participating on an internship program where we will be transferring back in the credit).
International Internship OIED Application Deadlines (Deadlines Are Firm)
The deadline for International Internships is 15 Business days before either the program start date or the term add drop date, whichever occurs first. The Appalachian approved international internship programs have earlier deadlines: Fall (mid February), Spring (early September), Summer (early February).
Things to Consider
Are there safety concerns in the country? If so what are they and how will I minimize them while abroad?
Are there immunizations I will need and how early should I start receiving them?
What is my experience in the country?
What is the primary spoken language and what is my familiarity with that language? If I am not familiar with the language, what sort of support will be provided by the host organization?
What sort of assistance and support will be available to me from the internship/host organization in the event of an emergency and with daily questions that may arise?
Will I need to find my own housing or will it be provided by the internship organization?
What sort of transportation will be available from the housing to the internship site?
You should carefully research all entry and work visa requirements for the country in which you plan to intern. The US State Department provides consular affairs sheets for each country that provide visa requirements and contact information for embassies and consulates in the US. Obtaining a work visa for an internship can take time so students are encouraged to start looking into the process early.