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Internships not only provide excellent learning opportunities for students but also create networking opportunities and make graduates more appealing to hiring committees. IDS encourages students to complete an internship between their first and second years of study. Not only can course credit be earned toward concentration electives, but students may also apply for a travel scholarship from IDS.

Earning Credit for an Internship

  • Up to 5 hours of internship credit may be counted toward Concentration Elective requirements. Internship credit does not count toward any other course requirements.
  • Students are expected to work a minimum of 25 hours for each hour of internship credit earned.
  • Students may register for up to 15 hours of INST 595 – Internship. In order to obtain permission to register for INST 595, the student must fill out the Internship Information Sheet and a Validation of Internship Offer form and bring both documents to Patti Malloy, who will issue a pink slip for INST 595.
  • Upon completion of the internship, the student must have his or her supervisor complete the Internship Performance Review form and must write an Internship Paper (guidelines are available for download at:…).
  • Generally, students will only be permitted to do an internship during summer break or winter intersession as coursework should be the student’s priority during the school year.

Applying for the IDS Internship/Research Travel Grant

  • Generally, graduating IDS students are not eligible for this travel grant as the priority is given to the first year IDS cohort.
  • Students must complete the Internship Information Sheet and a Validation of Internship Offer form as indicated above.
  • Students must write a brief essay justifying their need for funds and include a travel budget.
  • Applicants should submit all of the above forms to the IDS director by the last Friday of April during the year for which they are applying.

Internship Guide for IDS Students

A Few Tips to Get You Started…

  • Check the Center for International Studies website for guidelines on internships, and necessary forms/requirements (go to “Academic Programs”, “Master of Arts in International Affairs”, “Internship Guidelines”)
  • Start the process as early as possible. Many organizations have application deadlines in the early spring.
  • Search the internet for organizations which are doing work you are interested in.
  • Contact organizations to ask whether or not they would consider having interns, even if their website doesn’t list a formal internship program.
  • Talk with professors who are doing work you are interested in, or are working in a country you are interested in. They may know of organizations which want interns.
  • Most organizations want SUMMER interns, but there are also organizations looking for interns at other times of the year. Simply write/call/email to ask them.
  • Check the internship notebooks in the office of Yamada House. They provide a lot of information about different organizations. Any new internship positions which Center staff comes across are posted in these notebooks. Much of the information is outdated, but you can gain names and websites in order to check their current information online.

Umbrella organizations to help you search for organizations that offer internship programs
Provides a search engine allowing one to restrict search by location, skills, or areas of interest.

American Society of Newspaper Editors
Various newspapers are eager to pay students for summer internships. They are looking for talented students to write stories, edit copy, lay out pages, design graphics and take pictures.

Corporation for National & Community Service Internships
They match talented, motivated people with opportunities to serve their community and the nation. This is the umbrella organization for the AmeriCorps program that helps students pay for college as well as the Learn and Serve, America Reads Challenge, AmeriCorps Promise Fellows and AmeriCorps*VISTA Technology programs.
A vast resource of Intern and Volunteer abroad programs throughout the world, use to search a country directory for a program that suits your needs.

International Internships

Primarily for college grads or graduate students who want to expand their resume in order to become more competitive in the academic or professional world.

Internship Opportunities with the Federal Government

These two websites provide internship and employment information for Capitol Hill.

Links to internships by company/organization or by region.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
The Washington Center has a program for post-graduates called "College Plus One." It is specifically designed for recent college graduates to help them get the kind of professional development experience they need to move their academic/professional goals forward in anticipation of a job or graduate school enrollment. In particular, The Washington Center has contacts with certain government agencies that provide financial assistance. The program lasts for 10 weeks in the summer or 12 weeks in the fall or spring. All internships are located in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Institute for Experiential Learning Embassy and Diplomatic Scholars Program
With students placed (and, more importantly, doing substantive work) in a wide variety of foreign policy organizations, from the embassies of Mexico, France, Ecuador, and Canada to the State Department's Russia and Syria desks to the UN Development office, the program is off to a great start. For those interested in international-oriented careers who want a unique cross-cultural, international, foreign language-enhancing, and diplomatic experience without leaving the United States. Full tuition, merit-based scholarships are available. Deadlines: Our early deadline is October 29 and the final deadline is November 29. Our web-site contains all relevant information, including application materials and an on-line application capability.

Internships, Summer Research and Training Programs
A compilation of web resources by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D.

Riley Guide: Internships, Fellowships, and Volunteer Opportunities
Links to sites with lists of internship opportunities.

Rising Star Internships
Allows students to search for internships, post their resumes, and employers to post their available internships as well as hunt for prospective interns. Also contains a small but growing list of part-time employment for students.

Organizations that offer internship programs, categorized by the topic of their missions
(check each website for updated information about their internship programs; this is not an exhaustive list)

American Friends Service Committee

Global Exchange

Witness for Peace

Family Health International

World Health Organization

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Doctors Without Borders

Environmental Protection Agency
Describes the following programs: National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS), Student Environmental Associate Program and Diversity Initiative, Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship Program, EPA's NationalCenter for Environmental Research Resident Research Associate Program and Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate - Fellowships, and Presidential Management Intern Program (PMI).


Friends of the Earth

United Nations Environment Programme

World Resources Institute

Oxfam America

Development Gap

Center for Development and Population Activities

Catholic Relief Services


United Nations Development Program

Economic/Government/Foreign Policy

The program consists of three two-month periods throughout the year: mid-January to mid-March, early June to early August and mid-September to mid-November. Eligibility: Applicants should be enrolled in a degree granting program in a graduate school at the time of application and also during the internship; applicants that have already received a second level university degree are no longer eligible; applicants normally should not be more than 30 years of age. Application: Applications and information can also be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of the Internship Programme, Room S-2580G, United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA; (212) 963-4437; FAX (212) 963-3683.

International Monetary Fund

U.S. Department of State

50 Years is Enough Network

Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Center for International Policy

Institute for Policy Studies

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

Possible Internships in Athens Ohio (and surrounding areas)


ACEnet is a non-profit, economic development organization which focuses on transforming the relationships within communities to enable people living in poverty to successfully enter the economic mainstream.
94 N. Columbus Rd.
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 592-3854
Contact: Renee Lanlis:


ATCO is the employment and training center for people with disabilities in AthensCounty. Their goal is to provide employment opportunities and assist people in becoming productive members of their communities.
21 S. Campbell St.
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 592-6659
Contact: Theresa Folk

Athens Media Access Center

The mission of the AthensMediaAccessCenter is to provide free and equal access to the tools of communication for all people on a first come, first serve basis. They maintain audio and video production facilities for use by the public and provide access to the internet and computer tools.
50 S. Court St.
Suite A
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 593-5681
Contact: Richard Sams

Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN)

The APJN is a grassroots organization seeking to identify, link, educate, activate, and nurture groups and individuals concerned about peace and justice.
18 N. College St.
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 592-2608
Contact: Mara Giglio

Athens AIDS Task Force

The Task Force works to stop the spread of AIDS and to help those people whose lives are touched directly by HIV and AIDS. They accomplish these goals through direct service, and education and outreach programs; helping people, especially young people, to make responsible informed choices to avoid infection and by to those already infected.
P.O. Box 466
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 592-4397
Contact: Sue Armentrout (looking specifically for person to do web development and fund raising drives)

Athens County Children’s Services

ACCS is a family centered agency, whose mission is to preserve families and protect children from physical and emotional harm.
P.O. Box 1046
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 592-3061

Athens County Habitat for Humanity

AthensCounty Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent and affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit with no interest charged.
70 N. Plains Rd. Suite 115
The Plains, OH 45780
Phone: 592-0032

Belize Agroforestry Research Center

The Research Center promotes rain forest conservation, education, and research for people concerned about the destruction of tropical forests.
P.O. Box 42
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 662-5297
Contact: DonWirtshafter

Buckeye Forest Council

The Buckeye Forest Council works to protect and restore the native forests of Ohio.
P.O. Box 99
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 797-7200


The 317 Board is the alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services board that serves Athens, Hocking, and Vinton Counties to create a network of care for people who need prevention and/or treatment of mental illnesses and/or alcohol and drug addiction.
P.O. Box 130
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 593-3177
Contact: Sherri Tyree, LISW-S

My Sister's Place

My Sister's Place recognizes and addresses the crime of domestic violence advocating that every person has a right to live in a domestic environment that is free from abuse. My Sister's Place is a women's shelter that asserts equal rights and empowerment for every individual. All persons have the right to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their actions.
P.O. Box 1158
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 594-8337
Contact: Natalie Cooley or Jessica (call ahead for 2 day training schedule and permission—previous experience preferred)

Community Food Initiatives

CFI is a non-profit, membership based organization promoting production and processing of food as a means to self-reliance. Projects include installing free gardens for low income groups, teaching folks to prepare and preserve their food, assisting in exploring ideas for value added food products, and sponsoring classes on various food related topics.
94 N. Columbus Rd.
Athens, OH45701
Phone: 593-5971
Contact: Lisa Balkits

Institute for Local Government and Rural Development (ILGARD)

ILGARD serves as an applied research center for state, regional, and local policy issues.
The Ridges Building 22, Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 593-4388
Contact: Scott Miller

Innovation Center

The Innovation Center provides critical services to business start-ups to encourage their growth and increase their chances of success.
340 West State Street, Unit 11
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 593-1818
Contact: Linda Clark

Monday Creek Restoration Project

The MCRP is a partnership committed to improving watershed health in the communities of Hocking and PerryCounties.
P.O. Box 129
New Straitsville, OH43766
Phone: (740) 394-2047
Contact: Mike Steinmaus

Rural Action

Rural Action is a non-profit, membership based organization serving communities in Appalachian Ohio. The mission of Rural Action is sustainable development in the region through a number of program areas including sustainable forestry and agriculture, arts and heritage, public interests, and health and wellness.
49 Walnut St.
Trimble, OH 45782
Phone: 800-351-5074
Contact: Betsy Gosnell or Skye Powers
(Specifically looking for environmental educators for ELP, Environmental Learning Program AND GIS as well as water sampling in field)

Small Business Development Center

The SBDC of Southeast Ohio supports new and existing business owners in Athens, Hocking, Meigs, and Perry Counties through free individual counseling and business seminars.
The Ridges
Technology and Enterprise Building
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 593-1797
Contact: Director Susan Abdella
**International Trade Association Center: 597-1889
Contact: Quentin Derryberry

Women's Business Resource Program

The Women's Business Resource Program supports women-owned businesses through a variety of services that focus on expanding network opportunities.
20 E. Circle Dr.
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 593-1797
Contact: Debra McBride
(Informed by: Ohio University Center for Community Service Web Site: )

Book Internships

  • Access Guide to International Affairs Internships. Washington, D.C. Bruce Seymore II and Matthew T. Higham, ed. Washington, D.C. : Access, 1996. 158pp. Provides key information on internships at 178 governmental and non-governmental offices in and around the nation's capital, including issues and topics covered by the group, application procedures, intern responsibilities, and other useful information.
  • Alternatives to the Peace Corps: a Directory of Third World and U.S. Volunteer Opportunities. Oakland, Ca. : Food First Books. 8th edition, 85pp.
  • America's Top Internships. Mark Oldman and Samer Hamadeh. New York, N.Y. : Random House, 1998. 1999 edition, 409pp. Describes 13,000 internship positions, available year-round, for college, grad, and high-school students as well as recent grads, minorities, and career changers.
  • Association Internship Directory. Washington, D.C. : GWSAE Foundation, 1994. 1994 edition, 55pp. A directory of internships with associations and service providers in the Greater Washington metropolitan area.
  • The Best 106 Internships (formerly known as America's Top Internships) Mark Oldman and Samer Hamadeh. New York, N.Y. : Random House/Princeton Review Publishing, 2000. 8th edition, 409pp.
  • The Complete Guide to Washington Internships. Jeffrey Marc Parness, ed. Brooklyn, N.Y. : Washington Intern Services, biennial. Covers over 500 organizations in 60 fields that offer internships. Latest edition [2nd, 1990]
  • Directory of International Internships. Charles A. Gliozzo. East Lansing, Mich. : MichiganStateUniversity, Career Development and Placement Services. A comprehensive guide to international internships sponsored by educational institutions, governmental agencies, and various private organizations. Latest edition [5th or 2003]
  • Directory of Internships in Youth Development, 1994. Washington, D.C. : The National Collaboration for Youth, 1994. 96pp. Describes internships working directly with young people such as counseling troubled youth, teaching young people specific skills, or providing child care. Also describes opportunities to develop management skills in human service administration such as designing and evaluating programs; recruiting, selecting, and supervising staff and volunteers; or conducting public relations and fund raising events.
  • Directory of Internships, Work Experience Programs, and On-the-Job Training Opportunities. Santa Monica, Cal. : Ready Reference Press, 1990. 2nd edition, three-ring binder, approximately 600pp. Provides an up-to-date guide to the wide variety of internships and other "hands-on" opportunities current being offered in both the public and private sectors. Covers local, state, and federal governmental agencies; business and industry; professional associations; arts and theater groups; and numerous social and community organizations.
  • Directory of Public Service Internships : Opportunities for the Graduate, PostGraduate, and Mid-Career Professional. Debra L. Mann, ed. Washington, D.C. : National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, 1981. 168pp. A comprehensive guide to internships and fellowship opportunities nationwide. Each entry provides information about program objectives and design, recruitment and selection, requirements and remuneration.
  • The Experienced Hand: A Student Manual for Making the Most of an Internship. Timothy Stanton and Kamil Ali. National Society for Internships and Experiential Education. Cranston, Rhode Island : Carroll Press Publishers, 1994. Revised 2nd edition, 88pp. Ten steps show people of all ages how to obtain a satisfactory internship.
  • FedLaw: Internships with Federal Legal Agencies, 2000. Winston-Salem, N.C. : Career Education Institutes, 1999. 2nd edition, 156pp. Covers over 150 offices and 600 internships.
  • Getting Work Experience : The Student's Directory of Professional Internship Programs. Betsy Bauer. New York, New York : Dell, 1985. 336pp. Itemizes 10,000 summer career opportunities in advertising and public relations; business and industry; criminal justice and education; environment; government and public administration; museums and cultural and historic organizations; performing arts; print, journalism, and publishing; public interest and public service groups; radio, television, and film; science, research, and medicine. An alphabetical and geographic index are also available.
  • The Internship Bible. New York, N.Y.: Random House, 2003. 2003 edition, 625pp. Covers over 100,000 opportunities, both domestic and international, in more than 100 fields, including : law, the environment, advertising, sports, public services, computers, journalism, music, health care, publishing, engineering, government, finance, biotechnology, comic books, education, museums, television, modeling, and more. For each internship, the book tells you: how selective it is; what (if any) compensation you can expect; when the application deadline is; whom to contact and how to reach them; and special perks. Also included are special sections that give you professional advice on letter writing and interviewing, as well as exclusive interviews with famous former interns like Jodie Foster, George Plimpton, and professional golfer Tom Lehman.
  • Internship Success. Marianne Ehrlich Green. Lincolnwood, Ill.: VGM Horizon Press, 1997. 176pp. Real-World Step-by-Step Advice on Getting the Most Out of Internships.
  • Internships in Communications. James P. Alexander. Ames, Iowa : IowaStateUniversity Press, 1995. 207pp. The author explains how to prepare for an internship in the communications field, from surveying potential opportunities to creating resumes and cover letters and planning for interviews. Individual chapters cover internship opportunities in newspapers; magazines and other publications; public relations; advertising; and broadcasting (tv, cable, and radio), film and photography.
  • Internships in Foreign and Defense Policy : A Complete Guide for Women (& Men). Women in International Security. Cabin John, Md. : Seven Locks Press, 1990. 103pp.
  • Internships : The Hotlist for Job Hunters. Susan Dulaney Gilbert. New York, N.Y. : MacMillan, 1997. 418pp. Identifies over 25,000 internship opportunities available nationwide.
  • Invest Yourself: The Catalogue of Volunteer Opportunities. A Guide to Action. New York, N.Y.: Commission on Voluntary Service and Action, 1993. The single comprehensive directory resource of non-governmental voluntary service organizations through North American-based organizations. Latest edition available: 1993
  • Jobs You Can Live With: Working at the Crossroads of Science, Technology, and Society. Washington, D.C. : Student Pugwash USA, 1996. 291pp. This book features organizations that are working to explore the ethical, social, and global implications of science and technology. Many of these organizations offer staff and/or internship positions.
  • National Directory of Internships. Raleigh, N.C. : National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, biennial. 1998-99 edition, 703pp. Includes complete descriptions of thousands of internship opportunities in over 85 fields of interest - in government, nonprofit, and corporate settings. Covers opportunities for college, graduate, and high school students as well as those not in school, including mid-career professionals and retired people. Indexes provide access by field of interest, location, and name of host organization.
  • The New Careers Directory : Internships and Professional Opportunities in Technology and Society. Washington, D.C. : Student Pugwash USA, triennial. Profiles nearly 300 organizations from 45 states offering a tremendous variety of jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Latest edition [4th, 1993]
  • Peterson's Internships. Princeton, N.J. : Peterson's, annual. The largest source of internships available covering more than 50,000 paid and unpaid opportunities at nearly 2000 organizations all around the world, from Fortune 100 multinational corporations to nonprofit institutions. Latest edition: 2005
  • Storming Washington : An Intern's Guide to National Government. Stephen E. Frantzich. Washington, D.C. : American Political Science Association, 1994. 4th edition, 82pp. Designed to help undergraduates decide whether an internship should be part of their undergraduate experience, and to make the most out of it. Updates the listings of internship programs from previous editions.
  • Student Access Guide to America's Top 100 Internships, see Princeton Review Student Access Guide to America's Top Internships.
  • The Student Guide to Mass Media Internships. Ronald H. Claxton. Boulder, Colorado : University of Colorado, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Intern Research Group, annual. 214pp. plus appendices. Lists training programs offered to students and recent graduates by mass media organizations (print and broadcast). Latest edition - 1996 or 16th.
  • Student's Guide to Volunteering. Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. FranklinLakes, N.J. : Career Press, 1995. 187pp. A comprehensive road map through specific areas of volunteer services. It provides information about six fields of public service that, according to directors of volunteer agencies, are most open to teen participation: education, environment, health care, the needy, politics, and substance abuse.
  • Studying in Washington: A Guide to Academic Internships in the Nation's Capital. Stephen Frantzich. Washington, D.C. American Political Science Association, 2002. 5th edition. Designed to help undergraduates decide whether an internship should be part of their undergraduate experience, and to make the most out of it. Updates the listings of internship programs from previous editions.
  • Summer Opportunities in Marine and Environmental Science. Joy A. Herriott and Betty G. Herrin. Concord, Mass. : 1994. 60pp. A student's guide to jobs, internships and study, camp and travel programs.