INTERNATIONAL AND OFF-CAMPUS STUDY PROGRAMS WITH INTERNSHIP COMPONENTS
Students interested in interning off campus should consider participating in one of many off-campus study programs endorsed by the college which integrate internships/experiential learning. Listed below are a variety of summer and semester-long off-campus programs with strong internship components. These programs take students to interesting destinations both nationally and abroad!
Mexico Summer Program
Service Learning and Language Immersion in Mexico City. ACM program offers home-stays with local families, cultural field trips, and intensive language study at Universidad La Salle.
India Summer Program
Service Learning with a Non-Governmental Organization and Cultural Immersion in the city of Pune in India. ACM program offers home-stays with local families, cultural field trips throughout both rural and urban districts, and intensive Marathi language study.
Chicago Semester Long Program (Fall or Spring)
All students participate in core coursework, in-depth seminars, internship experience, and independent study projects. Program open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Three core program focuses include Business, Entrepreneurship & Society, Chicago Arts & Urban Studies.
The Washington Semester Program of American University - Fall, Spring & Summer Internships
Washington Semester Program – We offer ten seminars in the fall and spring, five of which include an 18-day travel abroad component. Students spend three days per week learning from their experienced professor and national and global experts, and two days per week interning in the field of their choice. Additionally, students can enroll in a guided research or elective class while benefiting from our wonderful location in northwest Washington, DC.
Summer Internship Program – Our recently expanded program enables students to live in Washington, DC in June and July and intern four days per week, while also participating in an engaging seminar featuring guest speakers and visits to key organizations in Washington, DC. Furthermore, students can enroll in research or elective classes to earn up to 6.0 credit hours. We provide professional internship placement assistance to all accepted students, working with them on their resumes, cover letters, and interview skills, while also providing support finding an internship.
Graduate Gateway Program – Recent graduates or those wanting to return to school, can benefit from this semester long program, which helps students enhance their resumes and improve their academic transcripts. Professional development, through a four day per week internship and corresponding class, strengthens competitiveness in today’s job market. Meanwhile, our weekly seminar and graduate level electives offered by American University actively engage students in their field, while expanding graduate level academic skills.
Washington Internship Institute - Spring, Summer & Fall Internships
Attend Congressional hearings. Write press releases. Develop marketing plans. Participate in meetings. Plan events. Perform scientific experiments. As a WII intern, you become an active member of the office staff with real responsibilities. You can expect to fully participate in office life, attending meetings and special events, performing research, writing reports, preparing briefings, etc.
Recent placements include an international development internship at the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, a policy internship at the State Department NATO office, and internships at the Embassy of Mexico and Embassy of France. Although many internships are with international organizations, all students intern in Washington, DC.
Go Green Internship
Students will gain exposure to the policies, people, and institutions that shape federal environmental decision making. All classes are taught by established faculty who have earned their doctorate degree, taught at the college level, and held faculty rank. Classes will examine how U.S. environmental policy is really made with special attention to the international community and global concerns. $1500 scholarships will be awarded to students attending the Summer or Fall 2009 terms. Five awards will be distributed each term to exceptional students who have a passion for the environment.
For four days each week, Faculty Fellows work in a challenging professional environment, such as a government agency, nonprofit organization, national association, museum, foundation, or other site. One day each week, Fellows participate in a seminar designed for participants to assess their field-based learning and connect it to issues on their campuses and in their disciplines.
Explore the many programs offered to college students and recent graduates.
Important Note: St. Olaf will not transfer credit from The Washington Center programs. Students interested in participating in a Washington Center program need to register for St. Olaf Academic Internship Credit in order to receive credit on their St. Olaf transcript. Questions about registering for St. Olaf Academic Internship Credit can be directed to the Piper Center, x3268.
Bangladesh: Development and Community - January Term Program
Students will hear from development theorists and development practitioners. They will talk to the intended beneficiaries of development programs. Through theoretical inquiry and structured experiential learning, students will be presented with conceptual tools to compare and contrast the local understanding of "development" and social change used by the materially poor rural and urban Bangladeshis with the development discourses of experts and the urban elite.
Eastern Europe: Globalization & Inequalities in the New Europe -
Spring Semester Program
The program explores the relationship between the EU and globalization and in particular questions whether the EU adequately addresses the human dimensions of globalization.
Ecuador: Community Internships in Latin America (CILA) – Semester Long Program
This program offers students the opportunity to learn first-hand about social problems in Ecuadorian society and to explore ways in which various community groups attempt to address them. Students immerse themselves in the daily life of Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, by combining an internship designed to reflect their personal interests and learning goals with a seminar, an independent project and a home stay.
New Zealand Culture and the Environment: A Shared Future - Fall Semester Program
HECUA and colleagues in New Zealand have developed an interdisciplinary program devoted to the interconnections of society and the environment in New Zealand. The program will be first offered in the fall semester 2012 (September - December), having received approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change -
Spring Semester Program
Students examine the historical, political and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace and the progress being made. Through readings, lectures, discussions, internships, group study projects and field experiences this program invites interaction with people involved in social change.
Norway: Scandinavian Urban Studies Term - Fall or Spring Semester Program
This program investigates the dramatic changes of Northern Europe by critically analyzing the development of the Norwegian welfare state through a wide range of topics such as globalization theories, nation-building and national identity, governance and political party systems, and European integration, among others.
Scandinavian: Urban Studies Term -
Fall Semester Program
Whether students intend to deepen knowledge about their own self identity / ethnicity or learn more about a welfare state, this program will provide a deep understanding of contemporary Scandinavia as a complex, progressive society with arguably the most comprehensive systems of social protection in the world.