The International Studies major offers you personalized support to select an internship at an international organization in the Seattle area. You gain professional skills, contacts, and advice to pursue your career goals.
You can earn 2–5 credits depending on the number of hours per week that you work (6–15 hours). Up to 5 credits may count towards International Studies major elective requirements.
Graduate from Seattle U with a resume showing your work experience at a place like Casa Latina, Global Washington, Seattle International Foundation, Refugee Women’s Alliance, or the African Chamber of Congress.
Internships abroad are also available.
“I was especially grateful for the opportunity to work at the Seattle World School because it allowed me to combine two of my interests, teaching and work with immigrant/refugee populations, into a truly meaningful experience. I formed valuable connections with students and staff at the school and grew in my ability to support specific marginalized populations through programming, classroom assistance, and everyday interactions."Natalie Ramos INST Graduate 2020
"My internship with Ayni gave me experience that is applicable to many organizations within the international field, making me more comfortable applying for positions in all areas."Chloe Bodine INST Graduate 2014
This program places motivated undergraduate students in engaging internships with local non-profits with an international component. Internships are generally one quarter (10 weeks long), but sometimes range up to three quarters in length. You’ll work six to fifteen hours a week with the organization. Internships generally are unpaid, with the expectation that in exchange for the labor, you’ll receive strong, consistent supervision that helps you integrate theory with practice, and gain a greater understanding of the organization and its context.
You’ll apply your skills in a wide variety of ways, depending on the needs of the organization and your own skills and talents. (Check our list of career readiness skills for ideas on this.) Marketing, promotion, research, event management, social media, program coordination, fundraising, public speaking, or volunteer coordination are just some of the ways you are able to help.
You are expected to learn quickly your organization's history, culture, and programs, then take on responsibility for selected projects. Expected benefits for you include:
Interns earn two to five credits, depending on the number of weekly contact hours worked. (Three contact hours per week per credit, i.e. five credits would mean fifteen hours per week for up to ten weeks, or 150 hours)