The University of Iowa

Internships Abroad

On-site International Internships

Due to movement restrictions caused by COVID-19, the University of Iowa is focusing on alternative means for our students to gain international/global experience, such as virtual global internships

Why intern abroad?

Immerse yourself in a new culture, acquire skills, attain personal growth, explore possible career paths, prepare for future job placements, develop language skills...but don't take our word for it - check out the videos to hear directly from UI students!

We've done the work for you!

If you are considering an internship placement halfway around the globe, does the idea of vetting potential internship providers yourself sound daunting? 

To help facilitate international internship opportunities for UI students with reputable providers, Iowa has affiliated with IES Abroad, SIT, CEA, USACTEAN and CIEE. Both are trusted internship and study abroad partners for many colleges and universities. 

Why IES, SIT, CEA, USAC, TEAN or CIEE?

  • Iowa students can earn credit, either resident or transfer, depending on the program
  • They guarantee full-time summer (or part-time fall/spring for SIT and CEA) internship students an internship placement, either theme based (SIT) or tailored to the individual student's goals and aspirations.
  • They all have very high standards for health and safety

Where can you go?

Some examples include: Spain, England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and Chile

Find an internship

To see a list of programs that offer internships, go to the Study Abroad Program Search page in the Program Features dropdown list, select "Internship."

You can schedule an appointment with the advisor for international internships by contacting UI Study Abroad at 319-335-0353. 

“I believe of all the things I have learned this summer, I’ve been given the confidence and ability to pursue a career in my preferred industry.”

~ Deja Williams, on her internship in London at a music management company

Read more about Deja's experience

Additional Guidance

If you do not receive credit for your internship abroad, you are not eligible for financial aid or scholarships through UI Study Abroad or the University of Iowa. Because your learning is the key goal for any internship, we encourage you to seek a placement that will provide you with an academic forum to reflect upon the internship experience and earn academic credit to substantiate your learning.  

New York Times article "The World is Their Workplace" by Cecelia Capuzzi Simon

University of Iowa independent study credit cannot be granted for internships. You may wish to explore a project through independent study once you return from an internship abroad, to build upon the learning that took place and explore the interests sparked by your experiences abroad. This is not the same as earning credit for the actual internship. Any independent study you may arrange is separate from the internship abroad and requires payment of UI tuition for the number of credits you’ll earn. You may be able to apply financial aid to an independent study just as you would for any other course you take at UI. Taking an independent study will not make you eligible to use Study Abroad scholarships or financial aid to cover international internship expenses. You must earn credit from the actual internship to receive any funding support from UI to offset internship expenses. Read the UI policy governing independent study to learn more.

Want to do some research on your own? Note that an internship abroad is primarily intended to be a learning experience. The vast majority of internships abroad are unpaid, due to visa restrictions.  You can expect to pay a fee for most internship placements, just as you would for a study program, as time will be dedicated to your appropriate placement, supervision and learning.  As you research options, be sure to compare costs, GPA requirements and the fields of study a program or agency offers. Take a look at the following resources:

When selecting an international internship, it is important that students are aware of the potential perception that they are taking jobs away from the local community. You can safeguard your professional reputation by following good practice standards that limit duties performed to those you are qualified for. For example, pre-med students are not qualified to practice medicine and should not participate in direct patient care. For more information on good practices, please consult the Forum Standards of Good Practice. For students participating in health related experiences, you can complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) course free online through the University of Minnesota.

IAESTE15-20 different countries with individualized, paid internships specifically for STEM majors. 

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 various countries awarded to undergraduates and graduates/professionals interested in research pertinent to reducing or eliminating health disparities. 

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program: Internships in embassies worldwide.