Office of Global Citizenship

Internships Abroad

 The topic of opportunities for internships in other countries is a very broad one and might be considered in the several categories below. 

      While on study abroad.  Some study abroad programs, both in the semester and in the summer, are set up in such a way that internship opportunities are available and that academic guidance and reflection are such that academic credit can be available.  If a credit-bearing internship is approved to give credit in a Sewanee major, transfer is easy to arrange.  If such a credit-bearing internship is not in a student’s major, then approval must be sought from the Standards Committee for credit to be given.  In other words, internships overseen by credit-granting study abroad programs may be approved for credit transfer either by the Standards Committee or inclusion in the major.  Such arrangements must be made clearly and in advance with the Office of the Registrar.  One of the leaders in developing internship opportunities is the Institute for the International Education of students.  For more information particularly about their summer opportunities, see here.  

      Free-standing.  Most Sewanee students who undertake an internship do not need to earn academic credit for that internship.  In fact, when internships are “free-standing”—that is, not under the direction of a credit-granting program--they are not normally expected to yield academic credit.  If necessary, however, such an internship can be used as the basis for “independent study” which can be led by a Sewanee professor who to agrees guide such an independent study.  Most commonly, such independent studies are registered as 444 (although Politics has the “Public Affairs Internship” for credit described and listed as Politics 445).  Most frequently, the credit value chosen for such experiences is half course or two semester hours.  The obligations a student has for completion of the credit (final paper, journal, oral presentation(s), readings are among the possibilities) are determined by the sponsoring faculty member, as they are for any Independent Study (444).  Currently use of a special form (with a course title needed) is necessary to register for a 444, and in that process the course can be designated as for a regular grade or pass/fail.  For summer internships, the Independent Studies are generally registered for and conducted in the fall term following the internships.  International students who are using an internship as “Curricular Practical Training or CPT” need to be attentive to whether their internship will yield credit and should consult Kay MacKenzie before accepting any free-standing internship opportunity.  Tonya funding can be granted for internships abroad.  These are described at here. Sewanee students wishing to ask about other kinds of internships and their use abroad should make inquiry at the Office of Career and Leadership Development. 

      As part of the Social Entrepreneurship Education program.  Of special interest to some students may be the SEED (Social Entrepreneurship Education) Program. One component of this program, established in 2007, is a four-week summer internship at a finance/microfinance institution in Latin America, Asia, Europe, or the United State.  Internship sites in 2008 and 2009 included Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Spain, Germany, and Puerto Rico.  The SEED program is directed by Professor Yasmeen Mohiuddin and is under the auspices of Sewanee’s Babson Center for Global Commerce. 

     As part of the Carey Fellows program.  The Carey Fellows program is one at Sewanee which requires internship participation.