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.
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:
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,
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
on the below application link to apply to these internship opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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