Thursday, March 27, 2014

Resources for International Interships

Are you looking for an international internship or another type of experience abroad this summer? The resources included below are by no means an exhaustive list of the numerous opportunities, but a good place to get you started depending on your personal interests and the type of experience you are looking for. This video from the 2013 LEAP Symposium shares valuable stories from Mount Holyoke students' summer research and internship experiences.

Resources at Mount Holyoke

CDC Resources:
The Career Development Center provides a list of resources (classified by class year) with useful tools including workshops to help you with:
  • Finding an Internship 
  • Writing a Cover Letter 
  • Writing a Resume
  • Practicing for an interview
  • Lynk UAF funding information
Mount Holyoke International Internship Program:
Although the application deadline for Mount Holyoke internships has already passed, this is a good resource to keep in mind when searching for internships in the future. Mount Holyoke internship opportunities are offered in approximately 20 countries around the world, and you can search related to your region and field of interest. Mount Holyoke also offers a list of previous interns, who can act as a valuable resource in learning more about certain programs.

Mount Holyoke is now providing eligible students with funding of $3,000 for domestic internships and $3,600 for international internships. Through the Mount Holyoke network, you can both apply for the Lynk Universal Application Funding program and search for internships related to your career interests.

Resources Outside of Mount Holyoke

This international organization offers various summer internship programs in multiple countries. Their search engine allows you to enter in your location, your level of expertise (student or professional), and the type of program you are looking for, and will then provide you with a list of opportunities that meet your criteria. Additionally, depending on your interest, this organization also offers options such as study abroad, career-focused internship and training programs in the United States, fellowship programs, and other cultural exchanges.

This non-profit organization specializes in cultural exchanges through a variety of mediums. Their Work and Travel program sponsors international students studying at American universities to work for up to four months in the United States during summer holidays. The English Conversation Volunteers Abroad program, one of their most popular offerings, allows you to experience living in another country with a host family while teaching your host family English. From the list of countries available, you choose the duration of your stay (1, 2 or 3 months) and you will get matched up with a host family. In exchange for private room and full board, you will tutor your hosts in English for typically 3 hours a day, 5 days a week - and the rest of the time is yours to do as you choose! No previous teaching experience is necessary.

The United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers exchange programs and other initiatives around the world, including opportunities such as the Fulbright Program, cultural diplomacy programs, and volunteer initiatives.