How to Get an International Internship
How can you get an international internship? This page will show you how to find out more detailed information. This checklist can be big help when planning your internship abroad. You should start by collecting as soon as possible.
2 SEMESTERS BEFORE
- Make an appointment with your academic or faculty advisor to discuss your internship plans and how they fit into your degree program at Gallaudet. Make sure to discuss what types of internships would be most appropriate for your major.
- Look for available internship positions. (See Bison Career Link, The Explorer, or RSIA World Deaf Information Resource) > Fill out the Education Abroad advising form (Make an Advising Appointment).
- At the end of the advising form you will have the opportunity to make an advising appointment with the Manager of Education Abroad and International Fellowships. During your advising appointment you can discuss the types of study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities that are available.
- Apply for scholarships early! Review scholarship opportunities in the Resources section and see if you are eligible.
- Narrow your choices to three organizations you are interested in working for. Contact Beth Keller in the Career Center to start discussing the internship process. Send inquiry emails to the organizations you are interested in working for. (See sample inquiry letter here)
- Start Part 1 of the Global Internship Program application (Global Internship Program Application). You can complete Part 1 without having an internship. > Apply for a passport if you do not have one (US Department of State Passport Website).
3-4 MONTHS BEFORE
- Finish part 1 of the Global Internship Program application and provide information about your academic work, health, passport, emergency contacts, etc.
- Get a formal internship from an organization. Email Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn in Education Abroad abroad.galladuet.edu and Beth Keller firstname.lastname@example.org and inform them of the offer. Your formal offer letter needs to include specific information. You can use this this sample offer letter to help you organization to write an appropriate letter.
- Schedule a meeting with Beth and discuss the conditions of the internship.
- Start the second part of application where you will submit information about your internship email@example.com
- Check to see if the country you are traveling to will require a visa. Email Becca with questions (See abroad.gallaudet.edu)
2 MONTHS BEFORE
- Book a follow-up appointment with the Manager of Education Abroad and International Fellowships.
- Find accommodations/housing for your internships. The organization you are working for might provide you with housing OR have recommendations about where to live while you are interning. Figure out how long you will commute from your residence to your internship. Upload this information to your Education Abroad Application (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Prepare a budget for your time (see SAMPLE BUDGET WORKSHEET). Once you have totaled your expected expenses, upload your budget to your Education Abroad application (abroad.gallaudet.edu)
- Call your health insurance company and ask what type of coverage they can offer you while you are abroad.
1 MONTH BEFORE: IT'S TIME TO GO!
- Attend the Education Abroad Orientation (required, no exceptions).
- Pay for and receive your iNext card (international health care company) at the Education Abroad Orientation
- Collect information about the country and specific location of your internship and the local culture.
- Make a specific arrival plan. Get in touch with your employer about what to do when you arrive in the country and if anyone will pick you up at the airport.