Are you interested in taking your educational and overseas experience to the next level? Internships abroad are the ultimate college experience that combines practical work experience and college credit. There is no better way to become competitive in our global job market!
These days employers are interested in candidates who are knowledgeable and have experience in intercultural communication and working with diverse teams in international contexts. Students who intern abroad are able to immerse themselves academically, professionally and culturally in an environment that will prepare them for both their personal and professional future.
Students are requested to contact the Education Abroad office at 770-423-6336, to set up an appointment to discuss their internship and go over the application process.
Is an internship abroad right for you?
Internships abroad are self-directed experiences that are more challenging than other education abroad opportunities. You may be responsible for arranging your own living and working conditions. An internship abroad requires many qualities in a student that include..
- Enthusiasm to observe and learn traditions other than your own
- An ability to be independent, taking responsibility for your own safety, health and welfare
- Flexibility and tolerance for different conditions in both personal and professional settings
- The ability to cope with feelings of homesickness
Academic Credit: Academic credit and the number of credit hours will be determined by your academic department internship advisor. Together with your department’s internship coordinator you’ll create a syllabus and/or learning contract listing all required readings, assignments, due dates, etc.
*Note: Many academic departments require that students are approved by Career Services in order to ensure they are eligible to complete an internship. Check with your department’s internship coordinator to find out if this applies to your major.
Costs: Internships abroad are highly individualized experiences and costs will vary greatly. You will be responsible for paying your individual costs for housing, meals, transportation, airfare, and any other costs associated with your internship. Some internship providers include some of the aforementioned items in their packages. You can also utilize your own network and reach out to companies/organizations directly to source your own internship abroad.
*You will be charged by KSU for the following: tuition, institutional fee, international fee. International insurance is mandatory.
Important Deadlines to Have Your Documents Submitted to EAO
Spring Semester: November 1
Summer Semester: March 30
Fall Semester: June 30
Want help in finding an internship?
There are many companies that help students find internships, but it is imperative that you are careful when exploring different options. If you are paying a company to provide an internship, please contact your coordinator at the Education Abroad Office (770-423-6336) so they can help ensure that it is a reputable organization. Make sure you do your research!
Below are some search engines and companies that provide internship abroad experiences. They can help you find an internship abroad or give you ideas on what is out there. It is by no means a comprehensive list nor does KSU specifically endorse any one of them*