Develop Your Own International Internship

Each summer many MHC students develop an international internship through their personal connections and/or through research on the internet. Students applying for non-paid internships can apply for summer funding through the Lynk Universal Application for Funding. We encourage you to explore the following resources as a first step in identifying organizations that may offer you a summer placement abroad.

Jená Armstrong
Majors: International Relations & Spanish
Summer Intern with Amnesty International

After studying abroad in Santiago, I stayed on to intern with Amnesty International.  The internship allowed me to explore a different part of the city of Santiago, work in a professional setting, and advocate for Immigrant Rights and Education of Human Rights campaigns. I not only learned firsthand about local politics and history, but I also learned from working side-by-side with interns from around the world.

 

Online Resources

Going Global

Going Global is an online international career development tool that provides MHC students a database of internship and job opportunities around the world, career related country profiles, and more.  It is accessible off-campus through LyonNet.

Alumnae Association Career Network

Contact alumnae who work in your targeted field/geographic area and have agreed to be “alumnae advisors” for internship search strategies. Career Network can connect you to alumnae who may have information on organizations in your target field that offer internships. Even if the alumna is not working in the country you want to work in, she may know of organizations in that country interested in hosting an intern.

Resources in the McCulloch Center Lounge

Come to the McCulloch Center in Porter Hall to read evaluations from previous students. Internship evaluations, organized by continent, will give you information on how students secured their internship, background on the organization they worked with, and the nature of their day-to-day duties. We also have printed resource materials with advice on finding an international internship.

Your Personal Networks

Think about the people you know—parents, friends, friends of friends, parents of friends, past employers, or others in your network who may help you identify prospective internship sites. Keep in mind that some students have found international internships through the parents of their friends at MHC.