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Graduate and Undergraduate Internships

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The Center for International Studies offers its undergraduate and graduate majors the opportunity to complete an internship. The undergraduate international studies internships (IS 4387 and 4687) are open to all majors and minors in international studies who have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework while maintaining a Texas State GPA of 3.00 or higher. IS 4687 is six credit hour course that requires a minimum of 300 hours of work at the internship site.  IS 4387 is a three credit hour course that requires a minimum of 150 hours of work at the internship site. Both courses require a daily internship work log, journal,  an organizational research paper (required length is ten pages for IS 4387 and 16 pages for IS 4687; see internship guidelines for formatting instructions), and an evaluation by the internship supervisor. With the exception of those majoring in international studies with a focus in travel and tourism, the internship is not required. However, in most cases, the course can fulfill a requirement within the IS core or focus, allowing students to take advantage of this opportunity without having to take on extra coursework. Enrollment in an internship course requires approval by the international studies academic advisor.

The graduate international studies internship (IS 5387) is open to any student who is currently enrolled at Texas State University–San Marcos in the M.A. in International Studies Program with a minimum Texas State GPA of 3.2 and at least 18 hours of graduate coursework completed by the time the internship begins. This three-hour course requires a minimum of 150 hours at the internship site, one 25-page research paper, and will be counted as one of the five required electives in the degree. Although IS 5387 is not a required course, it is highly recommended.

Internship Forms

To access all paperwork regarding internships, please visit Internship Forms.  These forms are necessary to obtain course credit for your internship.  Please consult your advisor with any questions or concerns regarding the paperwork process.

Internship Opportunities in Texas:

Barbados Consulate General (Houston)

The Consulate General in Houston is one of the official representatives of Barbados in the United States. The Barbados Consulate assists and protects citizens of Barbados, facilitates trade and friendship between Barbados and the United States, and assists with bureaucratic issues to citizens of Barbados as well as to Americans traveling to Barbados.

 

For more information contact Dr. Louis Browne at (832) 725-5566 or lbrowne@brownetc.com, or visit their website.

Center for Survivors of Torture (Austin and Dallas)

CST aids specifically in facilitating the psychological and emotional healing process for refugee and immigrant survivors of torture and war trauma by providing them with free culturally appropriate mental health services, advocacy, and community education. CST offers an unpaid year long internship for students who help directly with clients.
 
For more information contact their offices at (512) 358-4612 for Austin and (214) 827-2314 for Dallas.

City of San Antonio International Relations Office

The City of San Antonio International Affairs Department has helped establish San Antonio's global presence through trade and foreign direct investment.  They offer students an unpaid semester long internship position in the field of foreign affairs. Interns help administer and coordinate activities that promote international trade and cultural programs by promoting San Antonio's targeted industries abroad.
 
For more information contact Martha Henry at (210) 207-2811 or visit their website.

Cultural Awareness International (Dallas)

Cultural Awareness International, Inc. is a Dallas based multicultural and multinational consulting firm with over 20 years experience in intercultural training, relocation, and human resources. They offer a semester long unpaid internship.  Interns responsibilities include: assisting both the intercultural and relocation departments with project coordination; research on various cities and countries worldwide including culture specifics; and assisting with cross cultural program development.
 
For more information contact cai@culturalawareness.com or visit their website.

GlobalAustin

GlobalAustin is a nonprofit organization that offers a broad array of intercultural services for international students and visitors to Central Texas.  They actively promote the idea of Citizen Diplomacy. GlobalAustin is involved in both the private and public sectors, working especially with students, government representatives, and corporations with firm international links. They provide a semester long unpaid internship that works closely with international visitors and the U.S. Department of State.

For more information contact Margie Kidd at (512) 215-0140, Pamela-Jean Mohamed at (512)-215-0146 or visit their website.

Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Division/ Texas Department of Public Safety (Austin)

The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety plays a leading role in combating terrorism and organized crime by utilizing intelligence analysis.  Often times, suspected terrorist groups or individuals are not American citizens and travel abroad for terrorist training.  The ICT Division works closely with many international organizations to gather valuable intelligence on suspected persons or groups that pose a potential threat to peace and security.
The ICT Division Intern Program is unpaid and a semester long, although, students are encouraged to stay longer with the division if they desire.  Interns learn traditional forms of raw data assimilation and research, synergy with joint inter-agency partnerships and operations, criminal profiling, security programs, and general case support to aid in the work of the ICT Division.
 
For more information visit their website.

Interfaith Action of Central Texas

AIMM offers a Refugee School that holds ESL classes for legally documented adult refugees. Annually, AAIM serves over 300 refugees of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, thus far from 25 different nations. AAIM hires one unpaid intern per semester who help with the Refugee School. The interns work to equip refugees with basic survival English skills as well as provide them with cultural and social information that will assist them in assimilating into their new environment.
 
For more information contact Lubna Zeidan, Refugee Program Coordinator at (512) 386-9145 (Ext: 304) or at lzeidan@interfaithtexas.org.

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

IM is a voluntary resettlement agency that helps to acculturate more than 500 refugees each year. IM provides housing, food, ESL, job placement and training, health assessments and processing. IM offers one unpaid Refugee Services Internship during the summer.  The intern assists caseworks and Refugee Services staff with providing services to newly arrived refugees.
 
For more information visit their website.

International Rescue Committee (Dallas)

The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many have survived for years against incredible odds. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope and determination. In Dallas and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives.
The IRC also offers one Immigrant Intern position each semester that is unpaid. Immigrant Interns assist refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking with their applications to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

For more information visit their website.

International Trade Center in San Antonio

The ITC is a development and trade organization that provides businesses with technical trade consulting services, market research and training programs. The ITC supplies data and support to Texas companies, helping them enter new market, create more efficient supply chains and become and globally competitive.
The ITC offers an internship in San Antonio for bilingual graduate students with a passion for international trade and a global mindset. They require a two consecutive semester commitment. The intern works with experienced consultants in gathering and analyzing international market research.
 
For more information contact Janette Torres at (210) 458-2470 or visit their website.

Institute of International Education (Houston, New York, and Washington D.C)

IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. This organization is committed to delivering programs and services of excellent quality to a diverse range of participants, sponsors and donors.
"Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a private nonprofit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger."
 
For more information visit their website.

Lone Star Chapter/ The Sierra Club (Austin)

The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. The Lone Star Chapter is particularly involved in international issues such as preventing the building of border walls because they are environmentally and economically disruptive to natural wildlife areas.  They offer a semester long unpaid internship.
 
For more information contact their office at lonestar.chapter@sierraclub.org or their website.

Mexican Consulate General (Houston)

The Consulate General in Austin is one of the official representatives of Mexico in the United States. The Mexican Consulate assists and protects citizens of Mexico, facilitates trade and friendship between Mexico and the United States, and assists with bureaucratic issues to Mexican citizens as well as to Americans traveling to Mexico.  The Mexican Consulate General in Austin offers an unpaid semester long internship.

For more information call (512) 478-2866 (Ext: 100), or visit their website.

Office of the Governor of Texas

The Office of the Governor of Texas offers both unpaid and paid semester long internship positions. Interns with the Office of the Governor work on a wide range of Texas-Mexico border issues.
 
For more information visit their website.

Rainforest Partnership (Austin)

Rainforest Partnership is an international non-profit organization committed to protecting tropical rainforests.  We partner with communities in South America to develop sustainable economic alternatives to deforestation, making it more valuable for them to keep their forests standing.  Rainforest Partnership is a five-year old organization based in Austin, Texas currently working in Ecuador and Peru.

For more information contact them at info@rainforestpartnership.org or visit their website.

Refugee Services of Texas, Inc. (Austin and Dallas)

RST is a nonprofit organization that helps serve newly arrived refugees and asylees, and provides education and training around issues of human trafficking. RST works with the U.S. Department of State to provide clients with case management, job training, cultural orientation, and mental health counseling, if needed, and links them to resources for other basic needs.
RST's offices in Austin and Dallas offer unpaid internships each semester. Internship duties include one-on-one client interaction, assistance with cultural orientation, job development, and community integration, as well as administrative support in running a nonprofit social organization.
 
For more information visit their website.

STRATFOR (Austin)

STRATFOR is a global intelligence company that offers its clients and the public strategic intelligence, tactical intelligence, custom intelligence, written and multimedia analysis, corporate security analysis, and geopolitics.  They use intelligence and analysis based on geopolitics to develop explanations of world events. 
STRATFOR offers a semester long Global Affairs/Intelligence Analysis internship in Austin. Interns work directly with analysts to support the production of analyses published on their website, and also contribute to intelligence gathering efforts. During their internship program, interns divide their time between two Areas of Responsibility, which include Eurasia, East Asia, Latin America, Middle East/South America, Sub Saharan Africa, Military and Terrorism/Security. The internship is unpaid, but travel and cost-of-living stipends are available.
 
For more information visit their website.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Austin)

The TCEQ strives to protect human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development in Texas.  One main focus of the TCEQ is environmental quality along the U.S.-Mexican Border, especially with respect to water rights.
 
For more information contact Juanita Baldwin at juanita.baldwin@tceq.texas.gov or visit their website.

Texas Department of Agriculture (Austin)

The TDA has the important position of advocating for policies at the federal, state, and local level that are beneficial to the $106 billion agriculture sector, which comprises 10 percent of the Texas economy. The TDA aids with consumer protection, economic development, healthy living, and controls production agriculture.
The TDA offers both paid and unpaid intern positions throughout the year.
 
For more information contact Jada Louhela at Jada.Louhela@texasagriculture.gov.

Texas Secretary Of State (Austin)

While the Secretary of State mostly focuses on domestic issues, one of the functions is to serve as the Governor's liaison for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs. The Texas Secretary of State offers an internship program that gives students the opportunity to experience state government first hand.  Students work at the Capitol and those with an interest in international studies work closely on Texas-Mexico border issues.
 
For more information visit their website.

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State offers summer- or semester-long internships in American Embassies throughout Latin America and in Spain. Financial Aid is available.
 
For more information visit their website.

U.S Export Assistance Center/ U.S Department of Commerce (San Antonio, Austin, Houston)

The U.S. Export Assistance Centers aid American businesses, with the help of the government, plan their international sales strategies in order for local businesses to succeed in the global marketplace. American exporters are advised on international sales and marketing, international finance, international logistics, and license and trade regulations. The U.S. Export Assistance Center offers unpaid semester long internships in San Antonio, Austin and Houston. The majority of the internship consists of assisting with international related market research and updating databases.
 
For more information visit their website.

Misc Opportunities

Current Internship Positions:
1) NY/ Web Content Internship & 2) IIE Europe Internship
New York: HR-NY@iie.org
Washington, DC: HR-DC@iie.org
CIES, Washington, DC: CIES-HR@iie.org
Houston: HRhouston@iie.org