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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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At the Josef Korbel School we believe that internships and hands-on experience are critical to your education. In fact, most of the degree programs require an internship.

The Office of Career and Professional Development is available to help you:

  • Research and identify internship opportunities.
  • Prepare for and complete the application and interview processes.
  • Develop and utilize specific skills during your internship to enhance your future career search.

Skill-building in a
global environmentCaitlin Trent, Asia Foundation

Organizations and companies around the world enthusiastically welcome our students into their internship programs. For example, students have completed internships with:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • World Vision International
  • Project Education Sudan
  • Water for People
  • Center for New American Security
  • Fund for Peace
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Advocacy Forum
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Jeppesen
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 
  • Asia Pacific Investment Partners
  • And many more

Internship FUNDS

Josef Korbel graduate students may apply to receive funding from the Social Science Foundation, Paterson International Internship Funds and The Liebich Family Fund if you've secured an unpaid internship outside of the Denver area and meet certain eligibility criteria. Awards vary in amount depending on a variety of factors, including length and location of the internship as well as cost of living. For more information, please contact the Office of Career and Professional Development.

Learn more about our internship funds donors:

The Paterson Internship Fund
The fund is from the generosity of Ms. Joanne Paterson in honor of the late Chat Paterson, a Colorado humanitarian and the developer of Denver’s Executive Tower Inn and Brooks Towers Apartments. Mr. Paterson was involved in many international efforts such as the American Friends Service Committee and the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. He served with the OSS in World War II and was president of the American Veterans Committee. Mr. Paterson’s commitment to promoting world peace through international understanding and cooperation began with his work as a young man with the American Friends Service Committee. He did earthquake cleanup in a Mexican village and built schoolhouses on land reform projects. He served in a reception center in Cuba for refugees fleeing Hitler’s Germany. His interest in Russia began when he was a US Army liaison officer to the Soviets under the Tripartite government of postwar Vienna. These experiences shaped his lifelong dedication to international service.
Social Science Foundation Internship Fund
The Social Science Foundation (SSF) serves to support the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. The SSF was established in 1923 and today manages a trust with which it promotes the study and application of international relations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A distinguished panel of respected leaders in their fields, the SSF board is dedicated to the continuing progress of the Josef Korbel School. The SSF has generously contributed funding to help offset the costs of Josef Korbel School of International Studies student internships.
The Liebich Family Fund for Middle East Internship Support
Thanks to Don and Marcia Liebich’s dedication to making a positive impact and improving their community and the world, a fund has been established to support Korbel MA student un- or under-funded approved internships geographically located in the Middle East and North Africa.