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Other Internships Abroad

Service Learning Opportunities Abroad and More

There are many worthwhile ways to learn and work abroad below are the major categories and where to look for additional information.

Option 1: Traditional Internship with a Company Abroad

Resources: SmealConnect; International Students; Other Internship Opportunities; Going Global; Uni-World Search Engine

Option 2: Third Party Provider Facilitates Internship Connection

  • Supported through Smeal Office of International Programs - schedule an appointment
  • Project based semester or summer experience, often unpaid
  • Student pays a third party for employer network, support, housing, and potential credit
  • If a seminar class is required, the grade is placed on student’s transcript as IB 199, and will count toward semester and cumulative grade point averages. Credit does not count toward graduation requirements or the International Business Minor.
  • Connect with internship providers

Resources: Smeal Office of International Programs; Penn State Education Abroad Office; IES; Arcadia

Option 3: Semester Study Abroad with an Internship or Service Learning Choice

  • Supported through Smeal Office of International Programs - schedule an appointment
  • Semester experience embedded within many Penn State study abroad programs. See a list here.
  • Students abroad for a full semester usually take 15 credits of classes, 3 credits of which could be a work experience 10-20 hours per week with a local/international employer, NGO, Social Organization, Community Center, etc.
  • If a seminar class is required, the grade is placed on student’s transcript as IB 199, and will count toward semester and cumulative grade point averages. Credit does not count toward graduation requirements or the International Business Minor.
  • Minimum credits required by the education abroad program may include credits from an internship or service experience.

Resources: Smeal Office of International Programs; Penn State Education Abroad Office; IES; Arcadia

Option 4: Self Identified Service Learning Abroad

  • Students identify opportunities and complete full or part time service work for an NGO or Social/Civic Organization independent of Penn State affiliation.
  • Students must carefully review programs to ensure they meet student needs (support, safety, training, etc.) and the community’s needs by work toward a lasting solution to a community problem.
  • Schreyer Honors College has gathered a list of possible programs to research for international service learning.
  • Students interested in a service learning abroad now have funding available through a grant from dedicated and supportive alumnus, Bill Lane. The Community Engagement and Development Grant will assist students with funding for unpaid international internships that focus on using your business skills to help those in need.