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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
Non credit-based internships

Certificate Internship Program (CIP) through the CofC Career Center.

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
  • get inspiration from the alumni spotlight section on our website
  • explore career options for International Studies majors
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.

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)

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)

The A21 Campaign (Charlotte and abroad)

US Embassy London

Water Missions International (Charleston and abroad)

World Relief Congo (remote)

Youth Advocate Program International (D.C.)

Summer 2018 Oppurtunities

Immigration and Border Community – Research Experience for Undergraduates

Brookings Institute, Research and Events Intern, Center on the United States and Europe

DSS Charleston Resident Office - 2018 Counterintelligence Internship Opportunity

Additional Forms

Student Intern Evaluation of Site and Employer

Student Intern Self-Evaluation

Employer Evaluation of Student Intern