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international opportunities

The benefits of participating in an international opportunity, whether a study abroad or a global internship, are numerous. Students with an international experience have higher GPAs, graduate faster, and have a jump-start to a career path. With a major or minor in International & Area Studies, why not spend a semester or summer working or studying abroad?

An internship is an excellent opportunity for you to get an inside look at the different types of positions and responsibilities available where you may use your major, minor and/or language experience. Think of it as taking a career test ride before you actually have to decide what you are going to do with your life. You can also gain valuable work experience that will help you in virtually every endeavor, whether you choose to work in government or in the private sector. 

learning abroad

Learning Abroad offers a variety of programs including summer/spring break/fall break programs led by University of Utah faculty; fall, spring, or academic year exchange programs; and programs offered through approved study abroad providers. With over 200 programs in 50 countries, you will find the perfect fit for your studies!

Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania
Asia & the Pacific: Australia, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Vietnam
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
Middle East: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Turkey

Next Steps
To begin researching programs, visit the Learning Abroad website and register for a Learning Abroad 101 Info Session.

hinckley internships

The Hinckley Institute runs the University of Utah’s Global Internship Program in partnership with the University of Utah’s Office for Global Engagement. Through their support, the program has grown into what is considered in U.S. academia one of the most comprehensive and prestigious international internship programs.

Global internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines in more than 40 countries. Academic credit and funding are available for fall, spring, and summer semesters. The Hinckley Institute’s globally-recognized internship program has provided more than 6,000 students with transformative experiences since its establishment in 1965. The goal of the global internship program is to provide students with full-time, global work, cultural immersion, and career development opportunities. The Hinckley Institute sends students to various nonprofits, businesses, governments, think tanks, and NGOs across the globe. We also offer academic credit and funding support to students who set up their own global internships.

Contact Information:
Hinckley Institute of Politics
OSH Room 253
(801) 581-8501

Leadership Development Program Internships at the Middle East Institute (MEI), Washington, DC are designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience in a Washington-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while helping out with the everyday operations of the Middle East Institute. Although there is no financial compensation for interns, MEI does offer each intern one free language class, a one-year membership to MEI, and reimbursement for local travel expenses.

Summer Internship Program at the National Council on US-Arab Relations (UCUSAR) in Washington, DC. A ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity including academic seminars and site visits.

Presidential Internships at the American University in Cairo: Selected individuals spend one academic year working at AUC, studying Arabic, and partaking in the rich intellectual and cultural life of both AUC and Cairo. Each intern fulfills a full-time position in one of seven offices. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to study Arabic or to enroll in one course per semester through the university. Interns also benefit from faculty privileges such as housing and library privileges and enjoy AUC-sponsored opportunities to discover the culture and history of Cairo, Egypt, and the Middle East.

Internships and Cooperative Education Programs with the CIA: The CIA offers three opportunities for students. Follow the link for more information. If interested in the cooperative education program, you will need to check with Career Services, 350 SSB, 581-6186, to see if this program qualifies for the University of Utah Cooperative Ed program in which you earn credit toward your degree with the internship.

USAID Watch the site periodically for new listings. Beyond internships or employment information, the site has a number of postings worth reviewing.

US Department of State Student Programs: The Department manages several student employment/internship programs through which students gain experience in a foreign affairs environment. Some of our students work in Washington, D.C., others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas. Positions are both paid and unpaid and many are available during spring, summer or fall.

Funding Your International Experience

In addition to national scholarships available for international programs, Learning Abroad and the Hinckley Institute of Politics offer scholarships for students participating in their programs. As well, federal financial aid can be used for your international experience if you typically receive financial aid. To receive adequate funding, make sure to plan ahead and do your research to be eligible for as many funding sources as possible. Check out some of the available scholarships.

Last Updated: 8/17/17