International internships require a great deal of advanced planning so students should start the process of identifying and applying for international internship programs in the fall semester prior to the summer internship experience. Approval of internships will be considered on an individual basis.
Option 1: Study Abroad Internship Programs
One option is to participate in a Study Abroad Internship Program, such as the ones listed below. They award academic credit which can be transferred back to Berea, so the Berea College Internship Proposal is not required. These programs often have expensive fees, however, they usually arrange or provide housing, place students at internship sites, and have staff in the country that can provide assistance, if needed. The Education Abroad Fair, offered on campus each fall, is an excellent opportunity to learn about Study Abroad summer internship programs (http://www.berea.edu/cie/education-abroad-fair/).
Students who want to do this type of internship should contact the Center for International Education (CIE) as they prepare to apply to the program of interest and will also need to submit a full application to the CIE for approval and funding by the February 15th deadline.
Partial funding is available from the CIE for this type of internship program. It is usually in the student’s best interest financially to spend a full-semester studying abroad, for which the CIE can provide significantly more funding than for a summer-only program.
Examples of Study Abroad Internship Programs
Option 2: Faculty-known or Recommended Internship Sites
The other option is to participate in a summer internship at an international site that is known and recommended by a Berea faculty member who can verify its integrity. Such internships must offer an excellent learning opportunity, be well-supervised, and provide for student safety. Requirements are the same as domestic internships: 30-40 hours per week, for 8-10 weeks.
In this case, students would work with a faculty sponsor to complete an Internship Proposal for academic credit awarded by Berea and submit it to the Office of Internships no later than February 6th. Once approved for credit by the Office of Internships, the student will also need to apply to the CIE for approval to travel abroad by February 15th.
Students participating in this type of international internship would be eligible to receive funds from the Office of Internships at the end of the summer to help cover their term bill, equal to the amount of expected summer savings for the fall term. No CIE funding is available to students who choose this option, but generally the costs are much lower.
What else should students know up front?
- Students in good standing (not on probation of any type), with a GPA of 2.25 or higher, and who have completed at least 2 semesters at Berea College are eligible to participate in an international internship.
- F-1 international students are not eligible to participate in international internships (see Education-Abroad policies), however, they may participate in internships in the United States as part of their intercultural experience and study at Berea.
- Students may receive partial funding from Berea for one international experience. That experience could be an internship, or a full semester of study abroad, or a Berea International Summer Term (BIST), etc.
- Funding is available for credit-bearing internships only.
- If approved for a summer international internship, students will receive partial funding from either the CIE or the Office of Internships, but not from both.
- Additional funds for approved internships may be available through:
- the student’s academic program
- the student’s participation in the EPG Program, Bonner Scholars, etc.
- external scholarships
- If credit is being earned through Berea College and loans are needed, the student must earn 1.25 credits to reach the half time enrollment status for summer which is required for loan eligibility. Earning more than 1 credit for a summer internship will require some additional hours and/or assignments.
- Students are not permitted to travel to any country for which a State Department or World Health Organization warning has been issued, without completing a special appeals process through the CIE.