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 your advisor if you plan on receiving credit for an internship.


  • 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 (please email or talk to your advisor about the individual enrollment process)
  • in the summer you will need to pay part-time summer tuition to enroll in the course (unless the class transfers in from an affiliated program)
  • 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.

Internship Databases

There are numerous databases for internships. We recommend using, Global Jobs, GoinGlobal and the job openings & internships page of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)

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)

Defense Security Service (North Charleston)

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

East West Institute (New York)

EMILY's List (D.C.)

Hispanic Alliance SC (South Carolina)

House of Representatives (D.C.)

Ibu Foundation (Charleston)

Italian Film Festival (Charleston)

Latin American News Digest (remote)

Manna Project International (Latin America)

Migration Studies at the United Nations University Maastricht (Netherlands)

El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (Santiago de Chile)

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)

The Lonon Foundation (Charleston)

U.S. Department of State (D.C., abroad or remote)

US Embassy London

Virtual Student Federal Service (many locations domestically and abroad)

Water Missions International (Charleston and abroad)

World Relief Congo (remote)

Youth Advocate Program International (D.C.)

At CofC

Voices of Southern Hospitality Project

Center for International Education

The Center for Sustainable Development

2021-22 Opportunities

Council on Foreign Relations (remote, NYC, D.C.)

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


FBI Honors Intern Program (D.C.)

Partnership for Public Service (remote, D.C.)

Atlantic Council's Young Global Professionals Paid Internship Program (remote)

Center for Global Development (remote, D.C.) 

International Rescue Committee (remote)

Meridian International Center (remote)



Association of professional schools of international affairs (D.C. or remote)

Albright Stonebridge Group (remote)

Center for New American Security (remote)

Congressional Spring 2022 Internship (D.C.)

Virtual Student Federal Service (remote) 

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program 

The Borgen Project (remote)

United Nations Foundation (D.C. and remote) 

Center for Democracy in the Americas (remote)