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international opportunities

Why study abroad?

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?

Why intern?

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!

Next Steps

1. Attend a Learning Abroad 101
2. Search through programs
3. Research scholarships

Contact Information

Learning Abroad
Union, Room 159
(801) 581-5849


hinckley internships

The Hinckley Institute offers global internships 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 sends students to various nonprofits, businesses, governments, think tanks, and NGOs across the globe. 

Next Steps

1. Search through internships
2. Review the frequently asked questions
3. Research scholarships

Contact Information

Hinckley Institute of Politics
BLDG 72, Room 102
(801) 581-8501

Additional Internships in the Middle East

Leadership Development Program Internships 

Housed in the Middle East Institute (MEI), Washington, DC, these internships 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 

Housed in the National Council on US-Arab Relations (UCUSAR) in Washington, DC, this program is a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity including academic seminars and site visits.

Presidential Internships 

Housed at the American University in Cairo, for these internships, 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.


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.

Last Updated: 1/2/18