Internship Coordinator

You must receive approval from Professor Laura Goldin before you begin your internship, as well as a consent code to register for IGS 89b.

Internships

Students wishing to complete the IGS international experience requirement by completing an internship must the following requirements.

Time
The internship must involve at least 100 hours of work over at least six weeks.

Content
The internship must be at an organization – whether private sector, governmental, or non-profit – centrally concerned with the wide range of issues covered in the IGS major. Students should meet with the IGS internship coordinator before their internship begins to discuss the internship arrangements and its suitability for the IGS International Experience requirement.

Credit
IGS students may wish to get academic credit for their internship. The IGS program does not require such credit: a student can fulfill the IGS requirement of international experience simply by holding an internship and later describing it to the IGS Internship Coordinator. But there are other reasons a student might wish to pursue academic credit. Some internships, for example, require that students get academic credit as part of the internship. There are two kinds of internship classes that IGS students may take: summer internship classes and classes offered during the academic year.

Summer Internship Class.

Summer Internship Class: INT 92g (1-credit) INT 92g is a one-credit online class that runs concurrent to a summer internship. This is a good class for students who need to be taking a class concurrent with their internship. Enrollment opens mid-April. Internship Classes offered During the Academic Year Students who don’t need to take the internship class concurrent with a summer internship may take a class following their internship (or current with an internship during the academic year). Classes offered during the year include: INT 89B — Academic Year Internship (2 credits) IGS 92a -- Global Studies Internship. This is a four-credit class taken concurrent to the internship. This internship requires an intensive relationship with and oversight by an IGS-related faculty member. It should only be pursued when such intensive study is justified. Internships in Other Disciplines Students may also take an internship class offered by another program, such as Environmental Studies or Business. The internship itself, however, must have the international character described above. We especially recommend BUS 89 -- Work in the Global Business Environment Internship Seminar.


Securing an Internship

Students must secure internships on their own. IGS maintains a list of prior internship placements, but is not able to place students in internships. For assistance in locating an appropriate internship, please visit the Hiatt Career Center Web site. Students may also choose to enroll in a study abroad/internship program. The Office of Study Abroad can provide you with a list of approved study abroad/internship programs in European countries and elsewhere. Under normal circumstances, students enrolling in these programs, whether during summer or the academic year, will automatically see their internships count towards the international experience requirement. IGS students who believe that extended international residency – for either study abroad or an internship – would present a significant hardship should contact the internship coordinator. Under certain circumstances, students may be permitted to complete an "international internship" based in the United States, provided that the organization is centrally involved with international issues, and the student’s work is fundamentally international in nature.


International Students

International students have completed the IGS international experience requirement by studying "abroad" at Brandeis University. You do not need to study abroad or complete an international internship to meet this requirement. International students seeking to enroll in a for-credit IGS internship should contact the internship coordinator to see if a for-credit internship can be arranged.

Internship Classes

There are two kinds of internship classes that IGS students may take: summer internship classes and classes offered during the academic year.

Summer Internship Class: INT 92g (1-credit)

INT 92g is a one-credit online class that runs concurrent to a summer internship. This is a good class for students who need to be taking a class concurrent with their internship. Enrollment opens mid-April.

Internship Classes offered During the Academic Year

Students who don’t need to take the internship class concurrent with a summer internship may take a class following their internship (or current with an internship during the academic year). Classes offered during the year include:

INT 89B — Academic Year Internship (2 credits)

IGS 92a -- Global Studies Internship

With faculty, concurrent, 4 credits. This internship requires an intensive relationship with and oversight by an IGS-related faculty member.

Internships in Other Disciplines
Students may also take an internship class offered by another program, such as Environmental Studies or Business. The internship itself, however, must have the international character described above. We especially recommend BUS 89 -- Work in the Global Business Environment Internship Seminar.