INT 390: International Studies Internship
I. Why select an International Studies Internship?
An International Studies Internship allows you to gain college credit for work at an internationally-related business, organization, or government agency in the U.S. or overseas. Even though most internships are unpaid, they provide an opportunity to obtain valuable on-the-job experience. Gaining familiarity with a workplace can help you to decide whether a particular career is right for you. Also, in the competition for entry-level positions and graduate school admissions, students with relevant internship experience have an advantage.
- have elected the IS Major, the IS Minor, or an Area Studies Certificate.
- be in good academic standing (2.7 QPA overall and in IS courses).
- have taken INT 200 and 6 additional credits of International Studies minor or certificate courses.
- find an internship relevant to international studies or an area studies specialization.
- work 120 hours to earn 3 credits or 240 hours to earn 6 credits.
Internship Application and Forms
III. Setting up an Internship
1) Students must find their own internships. The International Studies website and Ship Career Development Center are good places to start looking for information. There are many possibilities in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City. Large internship programs have application procedures. In other cases, students can find placements through their own efforts by making phone calls and sending out resumes with cover letters.
2) When an internship is confirmed, students must obtain an on-site supervisor. The Director of International Studies will serve as the Ship internship adviser. The on-site supervisor and Director of International Studies will be responsible for evaluating an intern's performance.
3) Students should submit a completed Letter of Agreement (inside Internship Information packet) to the International Studies Office.
4) After the signed Letter of Agreement is submitted to the Director of International Studies, the student should register for INT 390 in the semester of the internship.
5) An IS internship is a fantastic experience, but there are potential complications. Since internship sites normally are far from Shippensburg and earn a maximum of 6 IS credits, being away from campus during fall or spring potentially can extend your undergraduate career by an extra semester. There are several ways to work around this problem. One is to do the internship during the summer. Another is to combine the internship with off-campus study, doing a 3-6 credit internship while taking 9-12 credits of academic courses. This option involves registering for the classes and internship at an university near the internship site and transferring the credits to Ship. Internship programs, like The Washington Center, handle these kinds of arrangements for you. Finally, if you are planning to work 360-480 hours at the internship, you may be able to earn an additional 3-6 credits from your major department, for a total of 9-12 Ship credits. This requires permission of the IS director, your major department, and the Dean of A&S.
IV. Grading Requirements
A Pass/Fail grade will be awarded based on the following items:
1) Reading list
Each student must develop a reading list related to his or her internship totaling approximately 150-300 pages. The readings can be books, articles, training manuals, or web pages that provide background on the worksite. For example, an intern at the U.S. State Department might choose to read relevant parts of the State Department website and a book on U.S. foreign policy.
Students must keep a journal about the internship experience. Entries should describe activities at the workplace and provide personal reactions to each selection on the reading list. You MUST start the journal on the first day of work or when you begin your readings, whichever comes first. Each entry should identify your name, date, internship location, hours worked that day and cumulative hours worked. The journal must have daily entries for the first two weeks of the internship. Thereafter only one entry per week is required, but you are free to add more. The journal MUST be typed, double-spaced and submitted to the Director of International Studies on a weekly basis. It may be mailed or submitted as an e-mail attachment. Send to Director of International Studies, Campus Box 59, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA, 17257 or email@example.com.
3) Final Paper
Students must submit a 5-10 page paper (typed, double-spaced). The paper should 1) summarize activities at the internship site, 2) describe how you met the educational goals stated on your Internship Application form, and 3) reflect on how the internship experience relates to the internship readings and previous coursework in International Studies. Submit the paper to the Director of International Studies at the end of the internship.
4) Student Internship Evaluation
A "Student Internship Evaluation" form (inside Internship Information packet) must be completed and submitted to the Director of International Studies at the end of the internship, preferably with the final paper.
5) Supervisor's Evaluation of Intern
The Internship Supervisor will send Midterm and Final Evaluations directly to the Director of International Studies. Please be sure that your supervisor has these forms (inside Internship Information packet).
This internship information sheet has been adapted from materials developed by Dr. George Pomeroy of the Geography/Earth Sciences Department and Dr. Steven Burg of the History/Philosophy Department of Shippensburg University.