The most common way to participate in an internship abroad is to choose a study abroad program that offers an internship as part of the academic program for academic credit. The vast majority of internships abroad are unpaid, primarily due to visa restrictions. And unless you are lucky enough to find a placement abroad on your own, expect to pay a fee for most internship placements. As you research options, be sure to compare costs as well as GPA requirements and the fields of study a program or agency works with.
Credit or Not-for-Credit?
Internship programs abroad typically do not offer academic credit. If you don’t earn credit, you cannot use UI financial aid and are not eligible for Study Abroad scholarships. Independent study credit is an option, but you must talk to your academic advisor in order to pursue this. If independent study credit is approved, you will pay both the volunteer program fee as well as UI tuition for the number of credits you’ll earn (but are eligible for financial aid and scholarships).
If you elect to use an organization that places interns but does not offer credit, there are options for receiving credit for the experience through the UI Career Center. If you do not receive credit for your internship, you are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships through Study Abroad or the University of Iowa.
Selecting a Reputable Internship
Students should take the time to evaluate various internship opportunities before enrolling. The Forum on Education Abroad has endorsed Boston University's Internship Policies as a Standard of Good Practice for Education Abroad and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has put forth the 15 Best Practices for Internship Programs, both can provide guidance for students selecting an internship abroad program.
*Register Your Travel: If you are not getting academic credit, we request that all current students interning abroad complete this application for insurance and travel registration at least 30 days prior to departure. You can turn in the application Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm at the Study Abroad desk located at 1111 University Capitol Centre. Insurance fees will be charged to your U-Bill at a rate of $1.15/day. More information about the insurance can be found here: http://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad/health-insurance-information
Intern Abroad Resource List
Non-credit bearing Internship Programs
Connect-123: Internship, volunteer, and service learning opportunities in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin, and Shanghai.
Cultural Vistas: Competitive internship opportunities, worldwide.
- IAESTE: 15-20 different countries with individualized, paid internships specifically for STEM majors.
- Internships Abroad: personalized, professional internships and training in Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
Experiential Learning Abroad Programs (ELAP): Offers structured volunteer and internship placements in Latin America, Spain and England in a variety of fields.
Europa: Search for internships in the European Union
Going Global: Provides global career information and resources *UI campus users can create a free account
HireaHawk: Find internships around the world posted just for Hawkeyes!
IIEPassport: Search engine for internship opportunities worldwide
Khorana Scholars Program: Research opportunity in India for undergraduates and graduates in engineering, life science, public health, computer science, and other STEM fields. Awards may include airfare, housing, and a living stipend.
Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research and Training (MHIRT) Internship: Summer research internship in Romania, Gambia, and Peru awarded to eight undergrads and two graduates/professionals interested in research pertinent to reducing or eliminating health disparities.
Monster (International): Search engine for jobs and internships worldwide
US Department of State Student Internship Program: Internships in embassies worldwide.
Credit-bearing Internship Programs
Arcadia University: Full time, for credit summer internships in London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Sydney in a variety of fields.
Dream Careers: Full time, for credit summer internships in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Madrid in a variety of fields.
IES Abroad: Full time, for credit summer internships in Barcelona, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Santiago and Sydney in a variety of fields.
IFSA Butler: Full time, for credit summer internships in a variety of locations and in a variety of fields.
Tippie College of Business Summer Global Internships: Undergraduate students interested in gaining professional experience abroad can apply to intern in London, Paris, Madrid, or Hong Kong.