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
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
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.
Opportunities in Jacksonville and North Florida:
Opportunities elsewhere in Florida:
Opportunities elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad:
- 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.
- 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. 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. Clayton McCarl, director of the International Studies Program, can provide contact information for local recruiters, or consult with Ambassador Nancy Soderberg for guidance.
- 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.
- 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. See this listing of their internship placements over the past several years. 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. Contact Lauren Hodge.
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.
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.