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 2.75 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.
- In most cases, the course can fulfill a requirement within the IS core, focus or global studies component (pending Center approval).
- Enrollment in an internship course requires approval by the international studies academic program coordinator.
The graduate international studies internship (IS 5387) is open to any student who is currently enrolled at Texas State University 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.
- The student will be required to complete a minimum of 150 hours at the internship site and one 25-page research paper.
- The course will be counted as one of the five required electives in the degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
International Studies with a focus in Travel and Tourism, the internship course is not required. We do, however, encourage all International Studies majors to do one. Not only will the internship credit be substituted for requirements in the IS core and/or focus in most cases, but completing an internship serves to offer the student a practical experience which enhances his/her future employment prospects.
The undergraduate internship, IS 4687, earns six semester hours of credit; IS 4387 earns thee hours of credit.
The graduate internship, IS 5387, earns three semester hours of credit.
We make every effort to recruit agencies and businesses that offer paid internships and we do encourage our students to recognize their valuable skills and seek compensation for time spent working for their internship employer. At the present time, however, most of our interns have completed unpaid internships. As we receive information on paid internship opportunities, that information will be made available to students. If you do an internship in another country, you may be eligible for the Texas State University’s International Education Fee Scholarship. Information on this scholarship can be obtained from the Texas State Office of Study Abroad.
The first participant in the International Studies Internship Program completed an internship with the House of Lords in London, England in 1985. Since then internship credit has been earned for a variety of work experiences. Listed below are examples of internship businesses and agencies that have hosted international studies majors in the past:
- Academic Programs Abroad, San Marcos
- Accura Systems, Inc., Plano, TX Apex Travel & Tours, San Marcos
- Asamblea Legislativa de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
- Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau
- BEA Systems, Paris, France
- Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
- Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals, San Jose, Costa Rica
- European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
- Express Travel Center, Houston
- FBI, Austin, TX
- FBI, Washington, D.C. FBI, San Antonio, TX
- Frankfurt Economic Development Corporation, Frankfurt, Germany
- Houston World Affairs Council
- Metrocall, Inc., Plano, TX National Instruments, Austin
- Office of Border Affairs, Texas Department of State, Austin
- San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Stratfor, Austin
- Texas Department of Agriculture, International Marketing Department, Austin
- Texas Department of Economic Development, Austin
- Texas Department of State, Austin
- U.S. Department of Commerce ‐ Austin Export Assistance Center, Austin
- U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Chad
- U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Santiago, Chile
- U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Sweden
- U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Bern, Switzerland
- U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Geneva, Switzerland
- U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Information on various internships can also be obtained from business and agency websites, Career Services, the Center for International Studies, personal and business contacts, faculty, fellow students, etc.
The Center for International Studies does not provided an internship placement service, however we do maintain a listing of agencies and businesses that accept interns. Other resources may be available at Career Services or on‐line. It is advisable to verify with the Internship Coordinator that it is a suitable place to do an internship. You will need to supply the name and phone number of the potential supervisor as well as a list of internship duties.
Applications from eligible students are normally accepted the semester before the internship is to take place. However, if possible, you may find it beneficial to research various internship options several semesters in advance. You should have completed at least 60 hours of course work before making the application. Your Texas State GPA needs to be at least a 3.0 to be eligible for an internship.
Although several factors enter into the selection of a student for an internship, the Academic Advisor does not make the actual hiring decision. The final selection, including the decision not to accept any applicant, is up to the sponsoring agency.
Although the timing does vary, you will generally interview for an internship position between 12 and 2 weeks before the beginning of the semester. (Please keep in mind that some government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of State, do not have interviews but do have application deadlines up to 8 months prior to the start of the internship.) When you are interested in pursuing an internship at an appropriate business or agency, you should generally contact that agency's internship coordinator by phone or e‐mail to garner information and to possibly set up a meeting. Some agencies are rather informal about the interview process while others are more formal and require you to send in a resume and fill out their own internship application before an interview is arranged. In any event, it is always a good idea to have a current resume in hand to offer to your intended internship supervisor.
You are free to decline the offer of an internship position, but keep in mind that the availability of internship positions might be limited. Therefore, weigh your decision carefully. In declining an offer you should do so as promptly as possible and with a clear expression of your appreciation for the time taken by the business/agency staff to interview you. Should you decide to accept an offer, you should do so in accordance with the procedures that were suggested to you at the time the offer is extended (e.g., the business/agency may request that you give them an answer within a certain number of days). If you accept an offer, you must immediately notify the Academic Coordinator at the Center for International Studies and turn in the Internship Application Form, Internship Certification and Agreement Form, and General Release Form in order to begin the formal application process and to receive permission to enroll for the internship.
The International Studies Internship is offered each semester. If you have been able to set up the internship well in advance and have been given permission by the Academic Coordinator in the Center for International Studies prior to advance registration, then you may pre‐ register for the class if you prefer. Otherwise, you will have the opportunity to register during the registration period immediately before the semester in which you are to do the internship.
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The Barbados Association assists in volunteer community services in the Houston area and abroad. The organization is committed to excellence in education and continued cultural exchange within the Southwest Region of the United States.
For more information, visit The Barbados Association of Texas website
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For more information, visit Center for Survivors of Torture website
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For more information, visit City of San Antonio International Relations Office website
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For more information, visit Consulate General of Mexico in Austin website
The Consulate General of Mexico in Houston has a mission to conduct the foreign policy of Mexico through dialogue, cooperation, promotion of the country and attention to Mexicans abroad, as well as coordinate the international performance of the Government of the Republic.
For more information, visit The Consulate General of Mexico in Houston website
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For more information, visit Cultural Awareness International website
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For more information, visit Global Austin website
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Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
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"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 The Institute of International Education website
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For more information, visit Texas Department of Public Safety, Intelligence and Counterterrorism website
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For more information, visit Interfaith Action of Central Texas website
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For more information, visit Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston website
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For more information, visit The International Rescue Committee website
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For more information, visit The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club website
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For more information visit the Office of the Governor of Texas website.
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For more information visit The Rainforest Partnership website
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For more information visit the Refugee Services of Texas website
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For more information visit the Stratfor website
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For more information visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website
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For more information, visit The Texas Department of Agriculture website
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For more information visit the Texas Secretary of State website
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Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and Graduate Foreign Affairs Scholarship (undergraduate and graduate students)
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For more information visit the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program website
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