Internships which have an international focus and are undertaken for credit can, with approval of the director of International Studies, be used to satisfy the International Educational Experience requirement.
If you are using an internship to fulfill the International Educational Experience requirement, you must register for the 0-credit course INS3xxx for the semester in which you will be doing your internship. For details, see Registering for and Completing INS3xxx.
Under the catalog language in effect prior to Fall 2017, internships used in fulfillment of the International Educational Experience requirement did not have to be undertaken for credit. All students undertaking activities abroad to meet this requirement (even those not receiving credit) must meet with the International Center to complete appropriate paperwork related to insurance and other matters.
Alexis Charleus interned with the Refugee Resettlement Program at the Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office in Spring 2017.
Students looking to do internships within Florida may consider working with one of the foreign consulates located in the state. Those include the Colombian, Haitian and Mexican consulates in Orlando; those of Greece, Panama and Peru in Tampa; and the over 30 consulates in Miami, many of which correspond to nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
For some opportunities, such as those with the Department of State, the deadlines can be far in advance (more than 6 months) of start dates. If you want to do an internship, therefore, you should begin planning as early as possible. If you wait until your last few semesters at UNF, you may be too late to take advantage of some opportunities. Many larger, institutional internship programs are only available to current, registered students.
On occasion, current International Studies students and recent graduates from the Program have pursued internships as research assistants—either for credit or as volunteers—to UNF faculty on specific projects. This is not a common arrangement, but one that can, under certain circumstances, be beneficial both to faculty members and to students who are interested in gaining experience and building their resumes as they prepare for graduate school. For more information, contact program director Clayton McCarl.
Rebecca Watkins interned with The World Food Programme in Kasulu, Tanzania, in 2013.
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