MA in International Education

Information for Internship Sponsors

NYU's graduate program in International Education was begun in 1983 as a means of preparing graduate students for a world that was becoming both increasingly interdependent and, at the same time, more assertive in its expression of various cultural traditions. The program is designed to prepare professionals for careers in multinational and international settings, who can understand the international implications of their responsibilities. The program develops educational experts who can design, implement, manage and evaluate international education programs in schools, colleges, foundations, multinational corporations, and public and private educational and cultural agencies. All students take core courses designed to acquaint them with modernization theory, cross-cultural perspectives of socialization, various educational patterns, and the implications of increased global interdependence.

Each MA student is required to participate in a semester-long internship with an agency, office, or project involved in an aspect related to international education. The purpose of the internship is to acquaint the student with current practices in the field, to expose the student to the everyday life of the profession, and to develop the student’s professional network to help them secure a job after graduation.

Students participate in the internship requirement after their first semester of study by enrolling in an internship course and completing at least 135 hours of work for a 3-credit internship or 180 hours of work for a 4-credit internship.  This means that students are expected to work an average of ten to 15 hours per week over a term of 14 weeks. Placements usually coincide with NYU’s fall, spring, and summer semesters, although some students are able to adjust their schedules to meet specific agency needs. In the past, students have worked at organizations such as the Institute for International Education, UNICEF, One-to-World, U.S. Department of State, and various university offices that coordinate study abroad and international student services.

NYU expects its interns to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Their involvement in the internship should contribute positively not only to their own professional development but to the realization of the cooperating agencies' goals. Students are expected to become familiar with the policies, routines, schedules, goals, and expectations of their respective internship sites.

To meet our internship guidelines, we ask that the internship encompass minimal administrative work (i.e. errands, photocopying) and maximize the intern’s experience with the creative aspects of the organization, allowing the student to learn various aspects of the organization and its mission throughout the length of the internship.  These opportunities should encompass professional growth, decision-making, and learning experiences.  

The International Education program appreciates your support of NYU students. We understand that in the challenging economy, many organizations rely on the support of unpaid interns. Before posting an unpaid internship, we ask that organization consider the following guidelines from the Department of Labor.

Please note that in order to post an unpaid position, the internship must encompass all 6 components below:

  • The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
  • The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  • The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
  • The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
  • The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  • The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

For additional government guidelines and standards on internships/trainee programs please see the Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor.

The International Education Program office at NYU welcomes questions, comments, and suggestions about the internship program from actual and prospective participants. Please feel free to contact Jamie Remmers at or 212-992-9408.