International internships require a great deal of advanced planning, and the internship program or site must first be approved by the Center for International Education (CIE). Students should work with the CIE to identify appropriate international internship programs and apply for CIE funding by the Feb. 15 deadline.
Students may receive partial funding from Berea for one international experience. That experience could be an internship, or a semester of study abroad, or a Berea International Summer Term (BIST), etc. It is usually in the student’s best interest financially to gain global perspective through a full-semester study abroad program, for which the CIE can provide 75% of costs (up to $11,000), as opposed to 25% of costs for a summer-only program. If a student chooses to do a full-semester of study abroad immediately followed by a summer internship, that is considered one international experience and is funded at 75% of costs (up to $11,000).
Berea College prefers that student participation in international internships be with sites that are known and recommended by Faculty, or that are part of a structured program that awards academic credit which can be transferred to Berea. Structured programs often have steep fees, but they will arrange or provide housing, place students with internship sites, and have staff that can provide assistance, if needed. Some examples of these types of programs include:
If the internship credit is awarded from an external program, such as those above, students are eligible to receive 25% of costs from the CIE. If the internship credit is awarded from Berea College, students are eligible to receive $1,000 from the Office of Internships at the end of the summer. Students will not receive funding from both the CIE and the Office of Internships.
Approval of internship sites will be considered on an individual basis. If the site is not a structured internship provider, approval will be granted only if a Berea Faculty member has personal knowledge of the program and can verify its integrity. Such internships must offer an excellent learning opportunity, be well supervised, and provide for student safety.
Students should start the process of identifying and applying for international internship programs in the fall semester, so they will have the information needed to submit an application for approval and funding to the Center for International Education by February 15. The Education Abroad Fair, offered on campus each fall, is an excellent opportunity to learn about international summer internship programs.
If transfer credit is not being offered by the international internship site/program, students may seek credit though the Berea College Office of Internships. In this case, a finalized Internship Proposal and the CIE budget form, should be submitted to the Office of Internships by April 11. Requirements are the same as domestic internships: 30-40 hours per week, for 8-10 weeks.
What else should students know up front?
- Funding is available for credit-bearing internships only, for students who have not received funding to study abroad previously
- Loans are not an option for summer internships if enrollment is less than half time
(1.25 BC credits)
- Students in good standing (not on probation of any type), with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have completed at least 2 semester at Berea College are eligible to participate in an international internship.
- 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 are not permitted to travel to any country for which a State Department warning has been issued, without completing a special appeals process through the CIE.
- If approved for a summer international internship, students will receive 25% of the budgeted cost from the CIE for a structured program that awards transferable credit, OR $1,000 from the Office of Internships at the end of the summer if the credit is awarded through Berea College. Students will not receive funding from both the CIE and the Office of Internships.
- 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.
- the ARCT, depending on the nature of the internship
- application for external scholarships