IS student interns with DC arts org
     IS student interns with a DC-based arts organization
                 through The Washington Center

Internships are supervised practical experiences related to a student's course of study. By completing an internship, students build their skill set and their resume.

UI Internship Resources

Pomerantz Career Center Internship Information and Remote Internships

Virtual/Remote Global Internships (UI Study Abroad)

UI Center for Advancement (fundraising and development internships)

UI Des Moines Internship Program  (example organizations include the Iowa International Center, and the World Food Prize)

UI Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program

UI Tippie College of Business Global Experience

Washington Center Internship Program



IS student interns through The Washington Center
        IS student attends a networking event as part
     of her internship through The Washington Center

Other Internship Resources

Business/ Communications
Development/ Environment/Health
Education/ Arts
Human Rights/ Advocacy
International Affairs



Burson-Marsteller--a leading global public relations and communications firm 
The Harold Burson Summer Internship (HBSI) Program is a paid internship at one of the U.S. Burson-Marsteller offices. Interns are grouped into teams where they work on a special HBSI project, which they present to a senior management panel for review at the conclusion of the internship. The summer internship offers an invaluable career-development experience that can often lead to an employment opportunity.

International Center for Journalists | Whayne Dillehay Internship Program
Current interns are entrusted with duties such as writing for IJNet’s weekly bulletin, translating documents into Arabic, Russian and Chinese, helping organize international programs, events and conferences, and performing administrative assignments in support of better journalism worldwide.  ICFJ offers both paid and unpaid internships that require 15-20 hours a week.

Leap SemesterInternational Journalists’ Network (IJNet)
IJNet is a source for worldwide job opportunities for journalists, journalism fellowships, grants, contests, internships, scholarships and awards. They continually post current opportunities in multiple languages to provide a comprehensive resource for citizen and professional journalists.  Internships, scholarships, classes, and a few entry-level jobs are particularly relevant to current students.
Leap Semester is a semester long work experience developed by the Experience Institute and Sage Corps. As a part of the program, students are matched with global companies for an apprenticeship where they will develop practical skills to aid in their career goals. College credit may be possible but must check with institution beforehand to see if credit will be accepted.   

NBC Universal | Tim Russert Fellowship Program
The one-year, paid fellowship in the NBC News Washington, D.C. bureau will be awarded to one motivated, passionate graduating senior interested in pursuing a career in political journalism.

Rockwell Collins 
Rockwell Collins has internship and entry-level career opportunities in technical and non-technical fields. Their US location is in Cedar Rapids, IA, but they are a global company with operations on every inhabited continent.


Development/ Environment/ Health 

Association for India's Development 
While AID does not offer its own internships, they maintain a good list of other organizations in India at which you can intern.

George Washington Carver Internship
The World Food Prize Foundation's George Washington Carver Internship in Des Moines is a professional opportunity for students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty, and development. Project are in Graphic Design, Communications/Public Relations, Youth Programming/Education, and Community Relations/Grassroots Efforts. 

Global Service Corps
Internship opportunities in international health, sustainable agriculture, teaching English, and Buddhist immersion in Tanzania and Thailand.

Green Corps
Green Corps, an organization that trains organizers and activists in the environmental field, has an extensive alumni network that now work for related organizations and many offer summer internships.

Volunteer, intern, or short- or long-term employment opportunities with nonprofits and community organizations around the world.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC works in over 40 countries and in 22 cities within the US.

JSI (John Snow, Inc. and JSI Research & Training Institutue, Inc.)
JSI is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of underserved people and communities and providing a place where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause.  JSI has internship opportunities for students and recent graduates who would like to learn about public health work in both in the United States and in international settings.

Omprakash creates transformative educational experiences by connecting grassroots social impact organizations around the world with an audience of volunteers, donors, and classrooms that can learn from and support their work.  The Omprakash EdGE Program (Education through Global Engagement) helps with facilitating volunteer, intern, and gap year experiences by providing a structured experience and network of resources. This includes the opportunity to apply for Ethical Global Engagement Grants. There are four different grant programs available and you can learn more about them here:

Save the Children
Year round internship program offers a variety of unpaid positions that provide a unique opportunity for experience and expansion of knowledge in the non-profit world. New opportunities are posted July 1, October 1, and February 1.



Education/ Arts 

Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarship Program pays for intensive summer language studies overseas in 15 critical languages.

Cultural Vistas
The Cultural Vistas Fellowship program funds U.S. university students to take part in a multinational professional development experience that includes 8-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany and Singapore. Strong preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in international exchange (this includes, but is not limited to Pell Grant recipients, veterans, first-generation college studnets, STEM majors, members of minority communities within the United States, and non-traditional students).

Facets is a non-profit organization and a leading national media arts organization. Their mission is to transform lives through the power of world, classic, and independent film. Facets internships are a great learning experience for anyone interested in event coordination, film, fundraising, writing, marketing, publicity, non-profit development and PR.

International Cooperative Education
Organization arranges paid and unpaid internship positions for US students to gain practical work experience abroad. Search by job interest, region, or language.

IOU Respect Intercultural Exchange
IOU Respect is a two-week, intensive, cultural exchange program designed to increase the participants’ knowledge of other cultures, help them develop skills for intercultural communication and foster attitudes that promote mutual understanding and tolerance.

Legion Arts
Legion Arts is an award-winning, Cedar Rapids nonprofit dedicated to the creation, presentation, understanding and impact of contemporary art. Legion Arts presents cutting edge art, music theatre, film, and other events. Internships offering practical, hands-on engagement in arts production; marketing and communication; or arts administration are available. Internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be arranged. Those interested in interning with Legion Arts can write to

Youth for Understanding USA
A non-profit international educational organization with partners in more than 60 different countries, Youth For Understanding is one of the world’s oldest, largest and most respected intercultural exchange programs. YFU interns learn about international service, cross cultural communications, community outreach and more.  Contribute to our organization and participate in meaningful work that has tangible outcomes.


Human Rights/ Advocacy 

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP)
ASAP is an international association focused on helping researchers and teachers enhance their impact on poverty through collaboration, outreach, & applied research and intervention. ASAP offers remote, part-time internships as a great way for students and professionals to learn about sustainable development and support innovative poverty interventions.

American Refugee Committee
ARC works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. Domestic and international mid-level career opportunities and student internships available. 

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (UC Berkeley)
The Haas Institute Summer Fellowship is a three-month-long, part-time paid internship where students and non-students work on one of a wide range of projects relating to marginalized groups and transformative change, and issues related to race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and class at local, regional, and global levels. 

Humanity in Action
Educational programs and internship opportunities for US and European students interested in human rights.

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
ICIRR is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of society. Internship program areas include politics, organizing, policy, development, and more.

InterAction: A United Voice for Global Change
InterAction's mission is to eliminate extreme poverty, uphold human rights, safeguard a sustainable planet and ensure human dignity for poor and vulnerable populations by advancing the goals of the U.S.-based international nonprofit community.

OutRight Action International
OutRight Action International is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Summer Internship Program

The Civil Liberties and Public Policy is an organization that works to secure reproductive freedom, justice and sexual rights for everyone. They offer the RRASC program, which is a paid summer internship that places undergraduate students at reproductive rights and social justice organizations throughout the country. To learn more about the program, you can visit their website here:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Internships with the UNHCR typically last between two to six months and can be offered at Headquarters (Geneva and Budapest) or family duty stations (various locations). The work of each intern will depend on the requirements of the unit/office and the applicant’s qualifications and interests. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis and are offered throughout the year depending on the availability of assignments and needs of the units/offices.              

United Nations Internships
This website explains the United Nations Headquarters Internship Program in New York, and includes additional links for applying directly to other UN funds/ programmes.

Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
WOLA’s mission is to advance human rights and social justice in the Americas. WOLA’s Sally Yudelman Internship Program seeks to give interns hands-on experience and broad exposure to human rights advocacy and the foreign policy-making process. Fall, spring, and summer internships are offered. For a look at former interns’ contributions and personal reflections on the Yudelman Program, check out WOLA’s Intern Blog.


International Affairs/ Public Policy

The American University in Cairo Presidential Internship Program 
A yearlong opportunity (for students graduating between November and August) to work at the highest levels of an international university, learn Arabic, and experience life in Egypt.

Center for Democracy in the Americas | Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Internship
CDA offers a paid, full-time, ten-month position in Washington, D.C. for a uniquely qualified applicant with a special interest in Cuba, a thirst for activism, and an interest in pursuing a professional career in the foreign policy NGO community.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | State Policy Fellowship Program
State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education, and criminal justice. Working in independent, highly respected policy organizations located across the country, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms. This is a paid, 2-year experience that requires a graduate degree. 

Coro Fellows Programs in Public Affairs
The Coro™ Fellows Program uses the city as a classroom to train the next generation of change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for versatile leaders with the ability to forge connections and lead across the nonprofit, business and government sectors. Competitively selected applicants will join an intimate cohort of 12 participants for the nine-month, full-time immersion program.

Partnership for Public Service | Public Service Fellows Internship Program
The Public Service Fellows internship program is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates to contribute to the Partnership for Public Service's mission while developing valuable professional skills. Multiple internship positions, all requiring a commitment to public service, are offered in communications, government affairs, research, and others.

US State Department Internships
Internships available every summer (some in Washington DC, some overseas), and in fall and spring.

Virtual Student Foreign Service
College and graduate students volunteer to work on projects of global importance throughout the U.S. government; helpful FAQs on the website (including a list of agencies and projects).  Apply to VSFS in July; interview in August; notification by mid-September.  Selected students are expected to virtually intern an average of ten hours per week from September through May.

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