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International Internships

International internship opportunities, service learning, and scholarships.

Exploring International Internship Opportunities

International internship information is available from 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 in a new culture. Opportunities are available in English, and some internships require proficiency in the language of the country. Credit from internships does not count toward Smeal graduation requirements or the International Business Minor.

Third-party International Internship Providers

  • Project based semester or summer experience, 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. 
  • Scholarships are available to cover part of the cost of a summer internship. Apply by the deadline to be considered.
  • The grade from an internship seminar class 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.
  • Smeal student Johnna Hayward in Barcelona "Why an internship when you could start a REAL job?"

Internship Option in some Fall or Spring Study Abroad Programs

Fall & Spring Study Abroad Programs with International Internships as an Option

Perreault Fellows Program

Open to students in the Smeal College of Business. The Perreault Fellows Program supports international internship opportunities for talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds that are interested in pursuing careers related to health and the betterment of human condition broadly speaking. Perreault Fellows participate in pre-departure workshops, do a summer international internship program and have post-internship sessions on their return. Perreault Fellows get financial support for their international internship experience.

Perreault Fellows Program: International Internship and Global Leadership Fellowship

Apply by September 10, 2024 for a Summer 2025 internship experience.

Summer Full Time Internships

Make your resume sparkle by adding an international internship this summer! Adding cultural interaction to a work experience may result in improved intercultural communication. It is also a chance to expand your view of the global business community.

Summer 2024 Application Deadline: January 24, 2024

Summer International Internship Programs:
Country/CityProgram SponsorLanguage Requirement
Buenos Aires Connect 123: Buenos Aires Internship (Summer)
Belize City CELA: Belize (Summer) none
Santiago IES: Santiago Internship Program (Summer) 1 semester Spanish
Shanghai CRCC Asia: Shanghai Internship Program (Summer) currently suspended none
Czech Republic
Brno CzechMates: Brno, Internship and Summer Course (Summer) none
Paris IES: Paris Internship Program (Summer) 2 semesters French
Berlin IES: Berlin Internship Program (Summer) 2 semesters German
Dublin IES: Dublin Internship (Summer)
Rome IES: Rome Internship Program (Summer) none
Tokyo CRCC Asia: Tokyo Internship (Summer) none
South Africa
Cape Town Connect 123: Cape Town Internship (Summer) none
South Korea
Seoul CRCC Asia: Seoul Internship (Summer) none
United Kingdom
London Arcadia: Arcadia in London + Internship (Summer) none
London IES: London Internship (Summer) none

Virtual Internship: Connect 123

Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cape Town, South Africa; Dublin, Ireland; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia

Virtual Internship: IES Abroad none

Other Options

Service Learning Abroad and More Options

Resources: Strickler Office of International Programs; Business Career Center; Penn State Education Abroad Office; Arcadia; Connect 123; CRCC AsiaIES Abroad