Why Seek an Internship or Experiential Learning Program?
Transitioning into the Best Career for You
Education today can no longer be contained in the four walls of the classroom. Students increasingly need experience to better understand the nature of real world opportunities, as well as personal strengths and inclinations. This understanding is essential to making accurate judgements about which jobs might be a great fit—no matter the field.
Education by Exposure
Perhaps even more importantly, hands-on, experiential learning is an invaluable way to absorb directly some of the richness and complexity of topics and issues addressed in university coursework and achieve a more comprehensive understanding.
The Curriculum in Global Studies is well aware of this and, just as we encourage students to study abroad, we greatly encourage involvement in experiential learning and internships, either during the summer, during the semester or following graduation.
We think it is valuable to not only help students locate internship and other hands-on learning opportunities but to also, as much as possible, contribute to meeting financial and other needs in order to make these opportunities come true.
While the Curriculum in Global Studies does not currently possess independent funds to support experiential learning opportunities, we are happy to point our students to units on campus that do offer such funding and to mentor students in the grant and proposal writing process.
Visit the Undergraduate Funding page of this site to explore substantial listings of available funding sources.
For graduate students, visit the Global Studies MA Financial Information page to find graduate-level funding opportunities
If you want to make an appointment, please contact Dr. Michal Osterweil, Director of Internships.
Remember the internship you choose should be in line with your passions, interests/educational and professional development.
Please do not reach out to ask about all available internships. Not only are there too many for Global Studies to reasonably keep track of but, more importantly, students benefit most from reflecting on which kinds of internships they are most interested in, narrowing ideas somewhat, before engaging in collaborative brainstorming.
Before contacting administration in Global Studies, students should do some preliminary internship research, on the web and through Career Services databases, with their unique goals in mind.
Research shows that the best way to integrate experiences into learning is through structured critical reflection. With this in mind, The Curriculum in Global Studies is dedicated to helping students organize processes for critically reflecting on internship experiences.
Please contact Dr. Michal Osterweil, Director of Internships, for questions about internship reflection strategies and related programming.