Off-campus programs with internships provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Lawrence students to learn, explore, and grow as individuals.

There’s much to be gained by interning during your off-campus study:

  • Gain unique cross-cultural experiences in the workplace
  • Develop professional skills and get practical exposure to a specific field
  • Hone communication skills in another culture (and possibly another language)
  • Become more fully immersed in your host country/culture/community by joining the local workforce
  • Research shows that graduates with internship experience average higher salaries
  • Set your resume apart from the rest (only 4% of university students in the US study abroad – even less intern while on off-campus study programs)
  • Be ready to respond to the needs of an increasingly global arena of employers

Note: This site provides information on Lawrence’s off-campus programs offering internship opportunities connected to an off-campus study program. If you are more interested in and internship not connected with an off-campus study program, you should contact the Internship Coordinator in Career Services.

+ North America

Québec, Canada – Québec Seminar and Internship

  • Students participate in a 4- to 5-week internship through this term of intensive language instruction and interning. In the weeks of interning, students work full-time in business, governmental, or non-governmental organizations
  • Previous French language study is required
  • Offered Fall term

Washington Semester – American University

  • All students have internships that are integrated through their entire program
  • Internship placement will be related to the program track the student is in. Lawrence-approved tracks are: American politics, economic policy, foreign policy, justice, and public law

ACM (Associated Colleges of the Midwest) Chicago Programs

  • All students have internships that are integrated through their entire program
  • Students work 12-15 hours per week for a Chicago business, non-profit organization, or arts group
  • Placements vary for the different tracks of the program. Urban Studies students work for places such as newspapers, community-based groups, or legal organizations. Chicago Arts students work in an art-related internship at sites such as the Steppenwolf Theatre or graphic design firms. Business, Entrepreneurship, & Society students intern in a Chicago business or not-for-profit organization.

+ Central/South America

MSID (Minnesota Studies in International Development) Ecuador

  • All students have internships that are integrated through the program
  • Interns work a minimum of 25 hours per week. Students studying abroad for a semester have a 6-week internship, while students studying abroad for an academic year have a 15-week internship
  • Internship placements are in: public health, women's groups, small business development, environmental protection, education, sustainable agriculture, social services, community organizing
  • These internships are grassroots and immerse you directly and personally in the social realities of the poorer strata of the local population

IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) Santiago, Chile

  • Internships in the arts, community development, education, government, heath studies, social work, sociology, or psychology
  • Internships have a strong academic component - students must take a seminar class that introduces them to the legal, social, and cultural aspects of the Chilean work environment
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

+ Europe

IES Vienna, Austria

  • Internships available in business, Musicology, education, and public service
  • About 30 hours of internship work in total
  • Usually requires strong German skills (especially for education internships)
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

Lawrence London Centre – London, England

  • The London Centre is Lawrence’s most popular off-campus program
  • London is known to the world as a cosmopolitan centre of artistic, financial, and intellectual activity, which makes it a city ripe for most any internship interest
  • Examples of past placements: British Museum, St. Gabriel’s Primary School, English Touring Theatre, Medical Aid for Palestine, Centre for Molecular Biology and Infectious Diseases at Imperial College, USA Today, Her Majesty’s Court Service, Esprit GB Limited, Henley Media Group, Labour Party, Respect Coalition, Gate Theatre, and Somerset House Museum
  • Students spend approximately 20 hours per week at their internship placement.
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course.
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

IES Nantes, France

  • Internships are offered in education and business
  • Education internships require that the student complete at least four hours of supervised teaching each week
  • Business internships require that students work about eight hours per week in non-profit associations, local corporations, or regional government
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

IES Paris, France – French Studies Program

  • Internships are offered at leading French museums, companies, schools, and non-governmental organizations
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course which includes an academic seminar, tutorial, or directed independent study
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

IES Berlin, Germany – Language and Area Studies

  • Internships are available in art, business, social and educational organizations, theatre, politics, history, mass media, and teaching
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

IES European Union – Freiburg, Germany and Brussels, Belgium

  • Offered in two locations: Freiburg, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium
  • Freiburg - Internships are available in government agencies, political parties, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs),
  • Brussels - Acquire valuable work experience through a placement in business or political science, gain insight into the workings of EU organizations in Brussels, attend meetings and activities with representatives and employees of EU organizations, lobby groups, and businesses
  • IES European Union internships take place for six to eight weeks after the IES EU semester
  • Interns work five full days each week
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

IES Freiburg, Germany

  • Internship opportunities are offered with government agencies, political parties, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), theaters, hospitals, advocacy groups, schools, environmental organizations and volunteer organizations
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) Northern Ireland – Democracy and Social Change

  • All students have internships that are integrated through the program
  • Students take classes at the University of Ulster for the first 5 weeks of the program and then participate in a 7 week internship in Belfast or London/Derry which allows students to be directly involved in efforts of social change toward a peaceful future.
  • Only offered spring semester

IES Salamanca, Spain

  • Internships in education and social services
  • Social Services Internships
    • Students are placed in Salamanca governmental offices and in social service agencies that work with children and seniors
    • Students should expect about 80 hours in total at their placement
    • Only offered during spring semester
  • Education Internships
    • Students teach in Spanish primary and secondary schools as assistants to teachers of English as a foreign language
    • This requires at least four hours of supervised teaching each week
  • The internship is accompanied by a seminar course
  • Internship placements are determined by a supplemental application, may be competitive, and placements cannot be guaranteed in advance

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