Spring Internships

The Internship

Image of Science Diplomacy Field Trip in Fall 2017

In the spring semester, students engage in internships at foreign embassies, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

Students are responsible for securing their own internships. That said, much one-on-one assistance and support is provided by the Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. staff! The program director and staff develop opportunities and cultivate relationships across the D.C. metropolitan area to assist students in locating and obtaining appropriate internships.

Students also attend workshops on internships beginning soon after they are admitted to the program and meet with program staff for additional guidance. Workshops cover the process of applying to internships, interviewing, and finally securing placement – all skills that are important to practice for their own professional job searches after graduation.

Workshops on internships and careers will be conducted by the Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. staff, in collaboration with campus and other professionals in the global arena. Program staff also offer one-on-one consultations regarding cover letters and resumes.

Internship Credit: Two Options

Image of Global Fellow Students with Internship Partners at Final Reception

Option 1: Register for FGSM398. Students will earn between
3-9 credits, based on the number of hours completed at the internship site and the completion of other assignments that supplement the professional experience.

Required Forms:

Breakdown of credit hours:

  • 3 credits: 135 total internship hours (10 hours a week)
  • 4 credits: 180 total internship hours (13 hours a week)
  • 5 credits: 225 total internship hours (17 hours a week)
  • 6 credits: 270 total internship hours (20 hours a week)
  • 7 credits: 315 total internship hours (23 hours a week)
  • 8 credits: 360 total internship hours (27 hours a week)
  • 9 credits: 405 total internship hours (30 hours a week)

Option 2: Register for an internship credit under the course number offered for internships/experiential learning within the student's academic department. For credit, students must follow that department's guidelines for credits, grading, and hours required.

Sampling of Past Student Internships

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • American Foreign Service Association
  • Chemonics International
  • Embassy of Bangladesh
  • Embassy of Brazil
  • Embassy of Canada
  • Embassy of Indonesia
  • Embassy of Spain, Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Environment
  • Federak Aviation Administration
  • Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • International Child Art Foundation
  • Maryland State Attorney in Montgomery County
  • Middle East Institute
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • National Rural Health Association
  • ONE Campaign
  • Organization of American States
  • Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Search for Common Ground
  • The Brookings Institution
  • The Consulate of Peru
  • The Peace Corps
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Census, Office of the Foreign Trade Division
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • U.S. Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy