Internships in International Education
The program recognizes the need to link theory and practice. Therefore, each 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 you with current practices in the field, expose you to the everyday life of the profession, and to develop your professional network to help you secure a job after graduation. Internships can also lead to permanent employment.
Finding an Internship
- Explore your own interests: What is your area of specialization/geographic concentration? What organizations are doing interesting work in these areas? What kind of skills do you want to develop? What time of the year is best for you?
- Research possible options: Look up organizations in our field on the internet, write to human resources and internship offices at these organizations, attend panels and job talks given at NYU, communicate with program peers and alumni to find out about their experiences. You should also review the list of recent internship placements.
- Apply: Apply early to internship opportunities that are posted on websites or list-serves. Apply to several options and tailor your cover letters and resume to each. (Free help on resumes is offered by the NYU's Wasserman Center for Career Development).
- Approval: Once you have chosen your possible internship sites, email the Internship Coordinator/Senior Student Adviser to make sure these options would be approved by the program.
Internship Course Requirements
- Once you are accepted at your internship, email your academic adviser briefly describing the organization, the time frame, and your supervisor's contact information.
- Register for INTE-GE 2802: Field Study and Seminar in International Education, for 3 or 4 credits.
- Complete at least 135 hours of work for a 3-credit internship or 180 hours of work for a 4-credit internship (which can be spread out part-time over the course of a semester, or done intensively, full-time).
- Maintain a journal of your activities throughout the internship period; the entries should be 3-4 pages. The purpose of this journal is to describe the experience itself and record your reflections on it.
- Write a 12-15 page paper on a topic which critically analyzes a topic of interest that arose out of your Internship experience. The broad purpose of the paper is to link your concrete experience to some of the International Education theories and concepts that have been discussed throughout the program.
- Submit an official letter from your supervisor stating that you completed 135 or 180 hours, and the tasks you were responsible for. This is also a useful letter of recommendation for your own future use.
Many International Education students choose to satisfy their internship requirement abroad. This can be done by setting up your own placement, or through NYU Steinhardt's Internship Abroad Program. Please be sure to have your internship placement approved by your advisor before going abroad.
Learn more about five of our students' experiences interning in Udaipur, India.