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Graduate Student Summer International Internships


Apply your skills and knowledge in an internship abroad.  SIS maintains internship agreements with organizations all over the world and offers SIS graduate students the opportunity to intern for academic credit through one of these established partnerships.


SIS is able to provide 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. The internship can be registered for academic credit or non-credit and can be used to fulfill the MA Professional Experience Requirement.

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. According to the minimum requirements at AU for earning academic credit for an internship, students must work a minimum of 192 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 are required to have a faculty supervisor to oversee the 3 credits.

2015 Program 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). 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 dates.

Who Should Attend

Graduate students from any program in SIS may apply. 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.


Students only pay tuition fees if they register for academic credit. Additional fees for accommodation, ground transportation and general living expenses are to be covered by the student. Students are eligible to apply for the SIS Graduate Research, Internship and Conference Grant to offset costs.


After a student has successfully applied and been chosen for an available internship placement through SIS, the student will work with the organization directly to make the necessary arrangement. Students will be responsible for all travel, visa, accommodation, and living expenses and arrangements associated with the internship.

Application and Deadlines

Students who wish to apply for an internship position through a SIS Summer Abroad Program (seminar plus internship) must do so through the Program website. N.B. Priority for positions in countries where there is also a program will be given to students who also participate in that program.

Students who wish to apply for an internship only must do so by submitting the online application, and submitting an Academic Advisor Approval form, on this page under "Forms." 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.


Application deadline: March 20 unless otherwise noted by specific positions. All applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the priority deadline.

Upon application, students will work with the SIS Office of International Programs and the AU Career Center to find the best position for their needs and interests.

If accepted to a position, students will be required to register the internship, either for academic credit (typically towards their Elective requirement) or for non- credit (to fulfill the non- credit MA Professional Experience requirement only). For more information on internship registration, please visit: http://www.american.edu/sis/gradadvising/internships.cfm

2015 Internship Positions

Positions listed below are for reference only. Positions for summer 2015 are posted and will be revised as new placements are identified.

By sector

By location:

ASEAN Region (Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand)










South Africa


Uganda & Congo

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Application and Deadline


Deadline for priority consideration is March 20, 2015 (unless otherwise specified)

All applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the priority deadline.


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