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.
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
Your academic department internship advisor will determine academic credit and the number of credit hours. Together with your department’s internship coordinator, you will create a syllabus and/or learning contract listing all required readings, assignments, due dates, etc.
Find your Career & Internship Advisor: careers.kennesaw.edu/students
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.
You must also purchase international insurance.
Instructions to enroll are included in the application. Cost is approximately $1.28 per day.
Important Deadlines to Have Your Documents Submitted to EAO
Spring Semester: October 30
Summer Semester: March 30
Fall Semester: June 30
Minimum GPA requirement for this program is 3.0 Institutional GPA
Additional eligibility requirements may apply depending on your academic department and internship site.
Each student must also work closely with their Academic Department and the Department of Career Planning and Development. To see how each office can assist you, please view the visual here.
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. Many options are fee-based.
If you are paying a company to provide an internship, 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. This is by no means a comprehensive list nor does KSU specifically endorse any of them.
Our office works closely with other departments at Kennesaw State University to assist you from the time you begin looking for an international internship til the time when you return back in the country. Please view the diagram below for more information.
Education Abroad Contact: