One of the most insightful means of exploring opportunities in one’s career path is through internships. Summer breaks are a convenient time to gain experience that can help them become informed global citizens and gain exciting careers. International Studies students have found financial support for exciting work in the United States, as well as in Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico, Japan, and many other parts of the world. Students have reported that internships can be an ideal way to live and work SUA’s mission.

SUA provides a range of internship opportunities which will appeal to International Studies students. Those interested in pursuing a domestic internship are encouraged to contact Jonathan Wray ( Funding opportunities for summer internships are available through the internship office as well as the Pacific Basin Research Center.

Students are also encouraged to consult regularly with their advisor for help with planning and opportunities. For example, some students have been able to pair their internship experience with their Study Abroad. International Studies and SUA are committed to promoting service learning opportunities around the world.

Some useful tips:

  1. Peruse advertised internships and ask your peers to obtain a sense of what opportunities are out there in the realm of International Studies. It is generally easier to secure an internship in the private or non-governmental sector, as security clearance is not necessary. It may be useful to ask your advisor for suggestions in your sub-field.
  2. Update your résumé. Create clean and clear structure and flawless content by seeking proofreading. Bring it by Career Services.
  3. Write a letter that can accompany your résumé. It helps to point out whether you would be available for the entire summer and that you would be willing to fill in for interns who might be unable to complete their internship. Understand that you may not be able to participate in a substantive project during the internship, and communicate that you would be willing to contribute in any way you can to the ongoing work of the institution.
  4. In your letter, highlight your familiarity with particular software program, relevant skills (i.e., typing, administrative, etc.), and your willingness to learn new skills. The benefit to you of an internship will be the ability to observe what takes place in such organizations. Internships with the U.S. State Department and other US Government agencies require advance planning, sometimes as far in advance as November. (Applications can be found in Career Services, or through the U.S. State Department home page at:


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