International internships can be an excellent way to gain valuable professional experience and build skills prior to entering a career. Many students take a leave of absence from SDSU and complete brief internships during a summer or semester, while others wait until after graduation. In either case, the process of applying to and preparing for an internship can take considerable time and effort.
Internships aimed at current students are usually unpaid, focused on a specific field of study or career, and require some basic skills. Generally students do not earn academic credit on internships, but it might fulfill graduation requirements specific to your major. Speak with your academic advisors for more directions. If you will be enrolled and receiving credit during the internship, then you may be able to use financial aid.
It is important to begin by examining your goals and what type of work situation will best serve your needs. Internships, jobs, and volunteering are categories that share many attributes, so we recommend you do not confine your program search to one category.
Many internship placement organizations are available that for a fee offer on-site support services and serve as the applicant’s visa sponsor. Please see the list of references below to search for programs.
International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) offers paid internships in more than 80 countries for students majoring in engineering, science, architecture, and computer science.
Present in over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organization. AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today.
IIE Passport (search for internship under subject)
StudyAbroad.com (search for internship as program type)