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Graduate Student Summer International Internships

Available Worldwide

Developing your skills and knowledge through an internship abroad is one of the best return on investment scenarios for students. Recent reports show that employers are increasingly looking to hire students with international work experience. Having such experience provides students with a significant advantage in today's global market.

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SIS is able to provide AU graduate students with direct connections to internship opportunities at organizations abroad. SIS maintains relationships with many organizations all over the world and offers our students the opportunity to intern through one of its established partnerships.

SIS offers students the opportunity to participate in an international internship through one of three ways:

Internship Placements with SIS Faculty Support

Internship Placements through AU Abroad Centers

Approved Organization Internship Opportunities

Internship Requirements

Students who wish to apply for an SIS internship placement through either the SIS Faculty Supported Programs or through the AU Abroad Centers must be eligible to register the internship for either credit (1-3 hours) or non-credit (towards the professional experience requirement). Non-credit internships will also appear on a student’s transcript.

Academic credit for an internship may be earned through completion of the on-site internship work and an academic project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The grade earned on the academic project, together with an internship evaluation completed by the student's internship site supervisor, will provide the overall grade for the internship credits. Credit hours awarded should reflect the number of hours worked during the internship (1 credit hour=70 hours worked, 2 credits=140 hrs, 3 credits=210 hours). Service at the internship must be related to the student's field and should consist of at least 85% substantive work (e.g., research, report writing, etc.).

For internships registered for credit, unless otherwise noted in the internship description, students will have a faculty supervisor to oversee the successful completion of the program.

More information about SIS internship requirements and registration can be found on the SIS Graduate Advising Internships web page. Non-SIS students should consult their academic advisors for their program specific requirements.

Internship Dates

The start date and length of each internship will vary depending on the needs of the organization and the preference of the student intern (with consideration of the above credit or non-credit requirements). Students will be responsible for determining the dates of their internship with the organization's site supervisor prior to beginning the internship and for reporting these dates to SIS. Students who also participate in a SIS Summer Abroad Program cannot intern during the seminar or practicum abroad dates.

Who Should Attend

Graduate students from any program in AU may participate. All applicants must demonstrate academic excellence with a GPA of at least 3.0, an interest in the content/skills area of the specific position to which they are applying, and cross-cultural communication skills. Additional qualifications may be required by specific internship organizations; see position descriptions for details.


SIS Students are eligible to apply for funding and more information can be found on the Funding Graduate Study Abroad web page. Students are encouraged to apply for the SIS Graduate Research, Internship and Conference Grant in order to offset costs. This funding may be used in conjunction with other internal funding, as well. Non-SIS students are not eligible for this funding.

For students participating in an internship for credit, Financial Aid may apply, so you are strongly encouraged you to speak with your Financial Aid advisor before committing to an internship placement.


Internship Placements with SIS Faculty Support

Through current or past study abroad programs, several of our SIS faculty members have compiled an impressive list of internship organizations that are willing to host our graduate students for placements that are relevant to students’ academic and professional interests. Students who wish to participate in these programs must complete a short online application for SIS with the option of ranking their top three (3) choices, if desired. After being accepted to an internship by SIS, students will receive information about the placement opportunity and will then be directly connected with the organization to determine the parameters of the internship.

The following list of locations offers a variety of internship opportunities. View each of the below locations to determine what internships are available:





South Africa


Students who wish to apply for one of these internship opportunities must do so by submitting the online application and submitting an Academic Advisor Approval form (both linked below). Upon application, students will be required to indicate the positions to which they are applying and whether or not they are planning to get academic credit, and submit supporting documents as indicated. Students applying to more than one position should submit one application, but with a separate cover letter for each position. Students participating in the Georgia or South Africa Summer Abroad (seminar) program may list their internship interest in the same application for either of those programs and do not need to complete the below application.

Click on the below application link to apply to these internship opportunities.


Application checklist and Advisor Approval Form

DEADLINE:  March 1, priority deadline.
All applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the priority deadline. While this is not usual, some specific positions may have a separate application deadline, which would be noted clearly next to the organization and position listing.

Internship Placements through AU Abroad Centers

American University has several academic centers abroad that offer a wide range of high quality opportunities for AU students, faculty and staff. Through two of these centers, AU Brussels Center and AU Nairobi Center, qualified graduate students are able to apply for internships placements with a variety of organizations in each location.

Below you will find more information about the internship programs offered in both cities through the AU Abroad centers.


Previous students have interned for Members of the European Parliament, EU lobby firms and consultancies, multinational corporations, law firms, print media organizations, trade development offices, and non-governmental organizations.

How the internship placement works:

Internships in Brussels are competitive. Before coming on the program, you fill out an internship skills/survey form and send their resume, aka CV in Europe, to the Internship Coordinator in Brussels. Based on this information, the coordinator sends your resumes to the appropriate internship organizations, and the organizations decide which students they will interview. When you arrive in Brussels, a schedule of internship interviews is waiting for you. The actual internship placements depend upon the results of these interviews. Although every student has an internship, the specific internship that you have depends solely upon the results of these interviews.

Sample List of Internship Opportunities:

Brussels 2016


Students participating in this internship program can request a homestay with a Belgian family. This accommodation is optional as students may choose to secure their own housing. As part of the application, students can submit a homestay interest questionnaire that the AU Brussels Center staff will use to place them in a home. The cost for the 6-week homestay option can be found in the 2016 Program Fee sheet.

Program Fees:  

2016 Program Fees

About the AU Brussels Center:

American University’s Brussels Center is located centrally on the Brussels campus of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). Located right next to the metro station, this campus is a vibrant educational community where over 7,000 students attend classes at ten institutions of higher learning. The AU Brussels Center features a spacious classroom, a conference room, a small computer area for student use, a small collection of travel books and literature for student use, free wireless Internet connection for students and, of course, faculty and staff office space.



DEADLINE:  March 2, 2016


AU Nairobi has been running semester and academic year programs for ten years. The internship opportunities in this program reflect the nature of Nairobi itself. In the past, students have interned in public health, media and communications, development, environmental sustainability, girls' education, sports, and poverty reduction, among others.

How the internship placement works:

After acceptance to the program, students will be matched with internship organizations based on placement availability and their interests. In some cases, specific internship placements may be solidified on-site despite a confirmation of which organization the student will be able to work with. All internships will all be at locally run institutions, unless another arrangement is previously agreed upon between the organization, the student, and the AU Abroad team. AU students participating in the program will determine their skill sets and their internship interests prior to arrival. Along with a student’s academic interest, the AU Nairobi Center staff will work to identify internship opportunities that are well-suited for the student among the available opportunities.

Sample List of Internship Opportunities:

Nairobi 2016


Students participating in this internship program will be placed with a homestay family. This accommodation is a required part of the Nairobi internship program. As part of the application, students can submit a homestay interest questionnaire that the AU Nairobi Center staff will use to place them in a home. The cost for the 6-week homestay option can be found in the 2016 Program Fee sheet.

Program Fees:  

2016 Program Fees

About the AU Nairobi Center:

The AU Nairobi Center is located in a quiet residential area that includes only a few other businesses in the neighborhood. The Center is very close to public transportation stops and is within a short walk from shopping areas and student apartments. The center consists of three floors offering spacious offices, one very large classroom, two smaller seminar rooms, and a lounge area for students as well as the standard kitchen and several bathrooms. It also has 24/7 security.



DEADLINE:  March 14, 2016

Approved Organization Internship Opportunities

SIS maintains relationships with a wide variety of organizations that are willing to host our graduate students for summer internships. In the past, many of these organizations have hosted our students for specific internship placements. The below list of locations provides students with information about these organizations and contact information to enable them to reach out to the relevant offices or in-country supervisors.

Students are encouraged to utilize this list to identify internship organizations that are of interest to them. Students who wish to pursue an internship opportunity from this list should contact the organization directly to inquire about summer 2016 position as well as to share their resume/CV and cover letters. SIS is unable to directly assist students in their pursuit of these opportunities, but may be able to advise students on the prior experiences of their peers working with some of these organizations. Students will be responsible for all travel, visa, accommodation, and living expenses and arrangements associated with the internship.

Internship opportunities by location:














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