MA in International Education

For Employers

Our students have established an outstanding reputation as interns for non-governmental organizations, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and more across the field of international education. The International Education M.A. Program is designed to prepare professionals who understand the international implications of their responsibilities and have the ability to utilize their knowledge and skills across international and cultural boundaries. We believe our students can make a strong contribution to your organization as interns.

Our students:

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 the foundations of international education as a field of study and with qualitative and quantitative research methods. They also choose from a host of electives focusing on such issues as international development, immigration, cross-cultural perspectives, educational exchange and study abroad, and education, peace and conflict.

Internship guidelines:

The goals of the internship experience are for students to:

  1. Acquire valuable hands-on experience and exposure to real-world issues in careers in the field of international education;
  2. Develop, practice and receive feedback on basic professional skills;
  3. Develop networking relationships and gain exposure to different roles and professional opportunities within the international education field.

In order to help our students meet these goals, we ask that the internship encompass minimal administrative work (i.e. errands, photocopying) and instead maximize the intern’s experience with the substantive aspects of the organization and its mission. These opportunities should include professional growth, decision-making, and learning experiences.  We believe our students can make a strong contribution to your organization as interns.

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.

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.

The International Education program appreciates your support of NYU students. We understand that in this 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 also have a look at our Internship Formal Agreement (pdf) that all students and internship supervisors must sign.

How to post an opportunity:

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 Maria Ramirez at or 212-992-9479.