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How to Apply

Mount Holyoke’s IIP is selective. Internships — which are eligible for Lynk/UAF funding — are awarded based on academic background, professional goals, and the applicant’s readiness to be successful in the placement.

To prepare for your application, we recommend that you:

  1. Orient yourself with internship possibilities and processes through the Lynk UAF Orientation Videos.
  2. Consider what kind of internship best aligns with your academic and professional goals by reflecting on the Internship Advising Questions.
  3. If a particular internship interests you, communicate with students who have done this internship in the past. Get as much information about the host organization and country as possible.
  4. Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss how an international internship connects to your academic program, and chart your summer learning goals. You will need a faculty member recommendation for your application, so start early.
  5. Apply for internships in Handshake. Opportunities added November to February. The deadline for many opportunities is late February. 
    • These placements typically ask for a cover letter, resume, and faculty reference.  (The CDC has many workshops for crafting strong cover letters and resumes; please refer to their workshop schedule.)
Image of Mara Breen in her lab.

Faculty References

Many MHC-coordinated (MHConnect) internship positions (e.g., those arranged through the McCulloch Center) will require references.
Photo of 2014 Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa interns with internship mentor and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Leymah Gbowee

Former Interns

Peers are an important source of insights. Former MHC-IIP interns can provide valuable perspectives from direct experience.