The International Studies Program encourages its students to participate in internships to explore and gain experience in issue areas or professions of interest. For internships that are related to the student’s specialization within the major, academic credit may be earned by enrolling in INT 399. Internships may be completed during the semester, while studying abroad, or over the summer. Scroll down for a list of internship opportunities and procedures for applying for an internship for academic credit.
The College of New Jersey encourages students to think about an internship experience for credit abroad. Students understand how valuable internships can be as part of one’s preparation for a job search and a successful career. Internships completed abroad allow students to gain confidence in the global marketplace of the 21st century. Learning how to negotiate a second culture, communicate effectively with people from other traditions, and simply getting from Point A to Point B in another country, are all transferable skills to jobs in the USA and go a long way to help candidates distinguish themselves from all of those other resumes in the pile!
We encourage students to work with the TCNJ Career Center as they prepare for an overseas experience and to consult Going Global not only for non-credit-bearing internship options, but also for helpful hints to prepare cover letters and other materials in particular countries. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an advising appointment! A bit of research at home can lead to fantastic opportunities overseas!
Here is a snapshot of the credit-bearing internship programs available through the CGE.
For TCNJ credit (the grade is included in TCNJ GPAs):
- TCNJ London Study Center – semester-long and summer internship programs
- The Washington Center – DC-based semester and summer internships, not just for political science majors!
For transfer credit (grade not computed in TCNJ GPAs):
- CAPA International Education (Beijing, Buenos Aires, Florence, London)
- CISabroad (Australia, Barcelona, China, Florence, London)
- Institute for Study Abroad – Butler University
- International Studies Abroad (Australia, Chile, China, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Spain)
The following agencies and organizations offer internship and career opportunities that may be of interest to International Studies majors.
Congress (House and Senate)
- Foreign Affairs Committees
- Homeland Security Committees
- Commerce Committees
- Judiciary Committees
- Public Interest/Academic
- Public Interest/Advocacy
NGO’s and International Organizations
- American Friends Service Committee
- Red Cross
- United Nations Agencies
- International Financial Institutions
Students must complete the program’s INT 399 internship proposal form and email the form to Dr. Zakiya Adair to receive his approval via email. Students then upload the proposal form along with the email record of the approval (a screenshot or word document) on the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Internship Proposal System for approval by the Dean’s Office. In addition, students must submit the Internship Supervisor Agreement to Dr. Zakiya Adair.
As these are courses taken for academic credit, paperwork needs to be submitted to the Dean’s Office by
Spring 2024: Monday, January 29 by 4:30 pm
The Fund for Students in Unpaid Internships in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, established in 2019 with donations from 139 friends and members of the TCNJ community, provides a stipend of at least $750 for a 1 unit/4 credit HSS internship, for HSS students with financial need who undertake an unpaid mentored internship for academic credit at a site focused on public service and social justice. The eligible course numbers are 398, 399, 487 and 488. Please click here for the application requirements and submission details.
We cannot fund retroactive applications. You must apply by the deadlines listed below to be eligible:
Applications for Fall are due August 15.
Applications for Spring are due January 15.
Applications for Summer are due May 15 and June 15.
The following procedures maximize student enrichment from an internship taken for academic credit.
- Students must meet with Dr. Zakiya Adair, Director of the International Studies Program, to plan their internship and determine if the internship may be used to earn academic credit for the International Studies major.
- To apply, students complete the INT 399 Internship in International Studies Proposal Form to apply for academic credit for an internship (INT 399) prior to the end of the add/drop period. Students do not need to complete the Records & Registration Internship Enrollment form.
- The student obtains the Program Director’s approval of the proposal. (You will upload email evidence of approval by the Director instead of obtaining a signature. Please submit a screenshot or word document.)
- The normal course load for HSS majors is 4 units but students may take up to 4.5 units without permission. If your internship brings your course load to 4.75 or 5 units, you need to apply for overload permission. Please read about the process and submit an interest form: Humanities and Social Sciences Course Overload. Please wait to apply for your internship until you have completed the Overload Interest Form and received an email from the Dean’s Office approving your overload.
- The student uploads proposal form and email evidence of approval on the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Internship Proposal System for approval by the Dean’s Office.
- The student completes (along with Internship Supervisor) and submits the Internship Supervisor Agreement to the Program Director.
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