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Students in International Studies may pursue internships, both in the U.S. and abroad.


Internships that 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.


Recent Examples

Summer 2018

  • Ali Alsalman, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program (Jacksonville) 
  • Grant Mizell, US-Ukraine Foundation through The Washington Center's Academic Internship program, (Washington, D.C.)

Spring 2018

  • Diana Botello, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program (Jacksonville)
  • Meagan Daly, office of Congressman John Rutherford (Washington, D.C.)
  • Ludjmy Desius, UNF English Language Program (Jacksonville)
  • Natalie Holland, UNF International Studies/Digital Humanities internship
  • Sarah Lynch, UNF International Studies/Digital Humanities internship
  • Nicolandy Morrobel-Cruz, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program (Jacksonville)
  • Sarah Redlhammer, International Studies/Digital Humanities internship
  • Kelsy Ann Serre, UNF International Center
  • Alexandar Srisupa, TAG program at the University of Cantabria

Fall 2017

  • Ana Ortiz, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program (Jacksonville)
  • Rebecca Weiner, research assistant to Constanza López, associate professor of Spanish

Summer 2017

  • Ali Alsalman, research assistant with coloniaLab
  • Maria Bello, the Office of Infrastructure of the Federal Highway Administration (Washington, D.C.)
  • Theodore Mason, the English Language Program at UNF
  • Brittney Mullins, CISV International (Jacksonville/Prague)
  • Ana Ortiz, research assistant to Constanza López, associate professor of Spanish
  • Laura Ortiz, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and research assistant to Sucheta Pyakuryal, assistant professor of political science
  • Michael Scott, the Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF

Spring 2017

  • Alexis Charleus, intern with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program (Jacksonville)
  • Dany Manansala, research assistant to Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science
  • Erin Steinmetz, research assistant to Harry Rothschild, professor of history 

Fall 2016

  • Glehn Von Loh, U.S. Department of State intern with the Office of Korean Affairs (Washington, D.C.) 

Receiving Academic Credit

International Studies students can receive credit for internships through various academic departments, as well as through the International Studies Program itself. For details, see our Policy on Academic Credit for Internships

Financial Assistance

The sources of funding listed in the section on the Study Abroad page of this website generally may also be used to support internships abroad that are undertaken for credit. For assistance, contact the International Center.

Registering for and Completing INS3950 International Educational Experience

If you are using an internship to fulfill the International Educational Experience requirement, you must register for the 0-credit course INS3950 for the semester in which you will be doing your internship. For more information, see the page Registering for and Completing INS3950 International Educational Experiencein the Policies section of this website.

Finding and Applying

Opportunities in Jacksonville and North Florida:

Opportunities elsewhere in Florida:

  • 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.

Opportunities elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad:

  • UNF has a relationship with the Washington Center, which helps students to find internships and lodging in Washington, DC. The State of Florida provides financial assistance to students who are selected to participate. For more information, contact Dr. McCarl or Dr. Mary Borg, professor of political economy. 
  • Diplomat in Residence Amy Radetsky can provide assistance in applying for internships with the Department of State, both within the US and overseas.
  • The FBI, the CIA, and other federal agencies have programs for interns. For the FBI (which has an office in Jacksonville on Gate Parkway), see the student page on the FBI jobs website
  • The International Business Flagship Program offers internship opportunities in Alicante, Spain, during the spring semester (February-June) and Germany (location determined by internship placement) during the summer (May-August). For details, contact Alyssa Kyff.

Other resources:

  • The Department of Political Science and Public Administration maintains a list of internship opportunities in Jacksonville and elsewhere in Florida, as well as in Washington, DC, and New York City. They can assist students in International Studies to identify and apply. For information contact Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, visiting distinguished scholar and director of the Public Service Leadership Program, or Dr. Mary Borg, professor of political economy.
  • The COAS Career Success Center can help students research internship opportunities, and can also assist in preparing a resume and other materials needed for a successful application. Contact Vivian Senior, associate director.
  • The International Center can provide assistance to students looking for internships outside the US.

A Note on Timing 

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.

Research Internships

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 Dr. McCarl.