Internships in International Studies

An internship is an excellent way to explore career options, gain work experience and professional skills. We highly encourage our students to pursue an internship at some point during their time as an International Studies major.

Types of Internships

International Studies majors pursue a wide variety of internships in various sectors (e.g. nonprofit, private companies and government organizations) and have the option to earn academic credit for an internship.

Internships for academic credit

Please work with the administrative coordinator Sarah Wuigk ( if you plan on receiving credit for an internship.

All important information can be found in the International Studies internship handbook.

Requirements (please see handbook for details):

  • the internship needs to be related to the field of International Studies and approved by the program director
  • you need to work 40 hours per credit hour you earn (120h = 3cr)
  • you will need to find a faculty as well as a site supervisor and enroll in INTL 401 through an individual enrollment form.
  • you need to submit a completed internship agreement form to the administrative coordinator Sarah Wuigk ( when submitting the individual enrollment form
  • in the summer you will need to pay part-time summer tuition to enroll in the course
  • if your internship location is outside of the US please fill out this form for the Center for International Education (CIE)
Non credit-based internships

The Certificate Internship Program (CIP) through the CofC Career Center is an alternative if academic credit is not an option. That way the internship can still appear on your transcript and many employers require that you receive some form of credit.

How do I find an internship?

It is ultimately up to the student to find an internship but the International Studies program is committed to helping you through the process as much as possible.

  • information on our website about past internships and internship databases
  • schedule a meeting with the administrative coordinator Sarah Wuigk (, 843-953-4884) or your academic advisor
  • the Career Center can help through assessment and one-on-one counseling
  • set up a Handshake account and connect with over 200K employers
  • set up a account and find internship positions worldwide
  • get inspiration from the alumni spotlight section on our website
  • explore career options for International Studies majors
  • the CofC Alumni Association posts internships opportunities on their page
  • for fellowship opportunities the list that Cultural Vistas has on their website is helpful
Internship Databases

There are numerous databases for internships. We recommend using, Global Jobs and GoinGlobal.

The CofC Career Center has a more comprehensive list of databases.

The Cougar JobLink provides information about available internship, job, and volunteer opportunities. To access CougarJobLink, log into MyCharleston and select the Student Services tab.

Because the options in Charleston are limited you might want to look into a virtual internship with a federal agency.

Examples of past Internships in International Studies

Cartus - Interncultural and Language Solutions (US locations and abroad)

Centro Presente (Boston)

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program (Howard Univeristy)

Charleston Regional Development Alliance (Charleston)

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (Germany)

Congressional Internships (D.C.)

Core Languages (Charleston)

Cross Cultural Solutions (worldwide)

Defense Security Service (North Charleston)

Department of State (D.C. or abroad, civil service opportunities available in Charleston)

East West Institute (New York)

Hispanic Alliance SC (South Carolina)

Italian Film Festival (Charleston)

Latin American News Digest (remote)

Manna Project International (Latin America)

Migration Studies at the United Nations University Maastricht (Netherlands)

Outreach 360 (Domican Republic)

Project Asante Sana (Tanzania)

Project Okurase (Ghana)

Save the Children (D.C. and abroad)

Student Action with Farmworkers (North & South Carolina)

Soliya (remote)

The A21 Campaign (Charlotte and abroad)

US Embassy London

Virtual Student Federal Service (many locations domestically and abroad)

Voices of Southern Hospitality Project (Charleston, SC)

Water Missions International (Charleston and abroad)

World Relief Congo (remote)

Youth Advocate Program International (D.C.)

Summer 2020 Opportunities

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New York - Women’s Rights Project

Into the Fields Internship with Student Action for Farmworkers (North and South Carolina)

FBI Honors Intern Program (D.C.) - application dates are August 16 to September 15, 2019

Additional Forms

Student Intern Evaluation of Site and Employer

Student Intern Self-Evaluation

Employer Evaluation of Student Intern

Individual Enrollment for Internships Abroad (through CIE)