An internship is a planned, out-of-classroom work experience, generally related to one's degree program. An internship gives the student an opportunity to develop practical skills which supplement his/her academic studies, in addition to assessing the desirability of certain types of career environments. While completion of an internship is not required for the BA in International Studies, it is strongly recommended.
Internships can be extremely beneficial to the both the student and employer. From a student perspective, internships present an opportunity to explore career options, gain work-related experience and develop professional skills, build a valuable network of contacts, obtain academic credit, and become a more competitive job applicant. From an employer's perspective, internships provide a way to evaluate potential employees, get help on short-term projects, bring fresh perspectives and the latest knowledge to the workplace, and develop relationships with the Josef Korbel School community.
Some examples of the many organizations that have hosted INTS student interns include:
- African Community Center
- American Cancer Society
- Colorado International Trade Office
- Community Resource Center
- Congressional Offices
- Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management
- Downtown Denver Partnership
- International Development Enterprises (iDE)
- International Institute of Education
- Operation Smile
- Project C.U.R.E.
- The White House Project/CO State Capitol
- Water for People
- Women's Global Empowerment Fund
- World Denver
- World Trade Center
Internships have also been located in Washington DC, New York City, and international locations.
University of Denver Career Center
The main DU Career Center offers customized services in career planning, and job and internship seeking strategies. DU Careers Online provides job listings in the Colorado area, as well as out-of-state. Additional links are available through the International Studies Internship site.
INTS Internship Coordinator
INTS students enjoy the added benefit of having an in-house Internship Coordinator, in addition to the main DU Career Center. Besides overseeing student participation in INTS 3980 - Internships in International Studies, the BA Internship Coordinator may work individually with students in the following areas:
- Career preparation
- Resumes, cover letters and mock interviews
- Internship advising
- Internship search assistance
- Fellowship applications and advising
For more information contact the BA Program Office at 303-871-4495 or email the Internship Coordinator to schedule a career or internship advising appointment.