Before you start to search for an international internship or research project, the McCulloch Center encourages you to reflect on what you want to get out of the experience. Once you have answered the following questions, make an appointment with Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential Learning, to discuss options and opportunities. Your answers will help tailor your advising session. They will also help your prepare your Lynk UAF application if you decide to apply for summer funding.
- Why do you want an internship or research experience?
- What new skills or knowledge (professional and academic) do you hope to gain?
- What prior experience, set of skills, or knowledge base do you want to build from, or leverage?
- What contributions would you like to make to your internship organization?
- Are there particular organizations you are interested in or types of roles you hope to have?
- Where do you want this internship to be, geographically?
- How many hours can you devote to an internship?
- What obstacles might you face in obtaining or succeeding in your ideal internship?
- Will you consider both paid and unpaid internships?
- Do you want college credit for the internship?
- What concerns or questions do you have?
As you consider these questions, conversations with your faculty advisor and other faculty mentors can be particularly useful.