While we do our best to assist students interested in pursuing an internship, we cannot guarantee an internship placement. The application process is competitive, and only qualified candidates will ultimately be offered an internship.
Internship possibilities span a wide range, and vary from site to site, but generally include government agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, the media, educational organizations, and the arts. Recent students have participated in internships in Spain at FUNDESO (Fundacion Desarrollo Sostenido), WWB (Women's World Banking), Hilti Española S.A., and ACNUR (Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para Refugiados). In Italy, students participated in internships in the American Consulate in Florence and the Horne Museum. In France, students have interned in the Assemblée Nationale, the Conseil Régional d'Ile de France, Maria Louisa Design, Frac I'le de France, the Robert Schuman Foundation, and Theatre et Cinema Ile de France. And in Russia students have interned at CNN, NPR, The United States-Russia Investment Fund, The MacArthur Foundation, Project Harmony, The Golden Ring newspaper, The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, The Eurasia Foundation, The Moscow Institute of Modern Art, Yaroslavl Investment Center, as well as local schools and libraries. In any given year, however, we cannot guarantee an internship in a specific field or organization, though we will make every effort to accommodate. Please be aware that prospective internship providers normally expect candidates to have appropriate skills or background knowledge and interest in the field. In addition, students must have strong functional skills in the target language. If your language skills are not strong enough, you may not qualify for an internship.
Past Internships in China
In Kunming, I was placed in an internship at a company called JJL Education. The company counsels Chinese students and families as they apply to overseas study programs. Even though I am American, I was assigned to intern for the Canada department, giving me a great opportunity to learn about Canadian history, culture, and education. My duties included translation (mostly information about schools and statements intended for the Canadian immigration bureau), researching appropriate schools for different clients, and doing weekly presentations on different aspects of Canadian education and culture. My job is actually very similar to the work that lower level full-time employees do. I continued to do this internship full-time after the program ended, and I found that they gave me bigger projects. The workload was rather light sometimes, but I obtained some valuable customer service and translation experience, and I had the opportunity to learn about Chinese workplace culture and the Canadian education system.