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International Internships

Exploring International Internship Opportunities

International internship information is provided by the Smeal Office of International Programs, the Smeal Business Career Center, and Penn State Global Programs office. Students interested in interning abroad have a challenging, exhilarating cultural experience that includes a chance to build work skills, while learning about the working environment of a different country. Opportunities are available in English in many countries. Some internships require proficiency in the language of the country. Credit does not count toward Smeal graduation requirements or the International Business Minor.

Third-party International Internship Providers

  • Project based semester or summer experience, usually unpaid
  • Student pays a third party international internship provider to assist with making an internship connection, providing housing, orientation and ongoing support during the internship. 
  • The grade from a seminar class (if required) is listed on student’s transcript as IB 199, and counts toward semester and cumulative grade point averages. Credit does not apply toward Smeal graduation requirements or the International Business Minor
  • Below is a list of Penn State affiliated programs. For students that want to look further and take responsibility to evaluate other possibilities, there are many internship and service learning providers.

Penn State Affiliated

Summer International Internship Programs

Fall & Spring Study Abroad Programs with International Internships Available

Other Options

Non-PSU Providers and Resources List

Service Learning Abroad and More Options

Scholarships - will re-open January 2019

Smeal students in a summer program with a full time internship or service learning experience may apply for a scholarship. Some funding is for an experience in a third-world location, and other funding may apply in more developed areas. Apply by February 14, 2019 for an International Internship Scholarship or a Community Engagement and Development Grant. There are also PaCIE Scholarships available for students with an internship in Asia.