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An internship is a professional-level learning experience in the workplace. It provides an opportunity to apply learning from the classroom in a real situation. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and they may be full- or part-time. They may be local, national, or international, and they may be for academic credit or non-credit (but immigration laws require that international students register for credit).

INT 399 (Internship in International Studies) may be taken by students only with approval of the International Studies Program Director. The Director will also determine whether or how the INT 399 course will be counted toward the student’s chosen theme and area.  To take INT399 a student must negotiate a learning contract with an academic supervisor, and provide the program with a report on the internship.

Internships may also be taken under the EXP 396 course offered through Experiential Education and Career Services. EXP 396 also requires an approved learning contract.

In addition, some education abroad programs offer internships. For example, the College of Arts & Sciences has an internship program in Cape Town, South Africa, each summer. To search for internships abroad, go to the University of Kentucky Education Abroad’s Search site: and under “Program Type” click “Intern Abroad” to see UK approved internship programs around the world. 

Students interested in setting up an internship in the Lexington-Bluegrass region should contact the UK Career Center for assistance in finding, applying for, and participating in internships. Students may also contact organizations or businesses directly, but at present there are no formal agreements between the International Studies Program at the University of Kentucky and internship providers. 

Internship Opportunities

Below are internship opportunities that are relevant to International Studies majors.  Please note that the inclusion of these internships does not imply endorsement. This list is intended to serve as a starting point for International Studies students.

Here are some of the questions you should ask while researching internships.



U.S. Department of State Pathways Internships
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Foreign Service 
Council of American Ambassadors Fellowship
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency
Department of Homeland Security
Commission on Security and cooperation in Europe
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs program
US Embassy Internships in Germany
Pamela Harriman Fellowship Program - US Embassies Paris and London
US Mission to the European Union
American Foreign Service Association
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
American Foreign Policy Council
Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Hemispheric Affairs
National Council on U.S-Arab Relations
Organization of American States
Inter-American Dialogue
Latin America Working Group
National Democratic Institute
American Enterprise Institute
Atlantic Council
Institute for Policy Studies
Center for Immigration Studies
Center for International Policy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
The National Security Archive
Middle East Institute
Washington Office on Latin America
Women’s Foreign Policy Group


United Nations
Oxfam America
Carter Center
Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
International Center for Transnational Justice
Refugees International
IOM (International Organization for Migration)
Society for International Development (Washington)
Fund for Peace
International Foundation for Electoral System
International Labour Organization
Cross-Cultural Solutions
Institute for Philanthropy and Human Development (Internships in India)
Broadcasting Board of Governors
American Friends Service Committee
American Jewish World Service
Uganda Village Project


US Chamber of Commerce
Energy Industries Team: International Trade Administration
Delegation of the European Union to US
Korea Economic Institute of America
U.S Russia Business Council