IS students gain invaluable knowledge and skills through fulfilling the international experience requirement. This requirement can be fulfilled in several ways: study abroad, UCDC (during the summer or academic year), Olive Tree Initiative, Global Connect or approved local internships.

 

 

Changes to Internships Beginning Fall Quarter 2018

The international experience requirement for the International Studies major can be met in several ways such as, participating in the Education Abroad Program (EAP), International Opportunities Program (IOP), UCDC Internship Program, or by enrolling in the Soc Sci 197 - Professional Internship course and doing an internship with an international focus.

Beginning with Fall Quarter 2018, International Studies 197 (Internship course) will no longer be offered. Students who are interested in pursuing an internship to satisfy the international experience requirement will need to enroll into Social Science 197 (Soc Sci 197 - Professional Internship course). Please note simply completing an internship will not satisfy the international experience requirement. Students must have their internship approved prior and must enroll into the Soc Sci 197 concurrently with the internship.

To satisfy the international experience requirement with an internship, the following criteria and guidelines must be followed:

1) All students interested in pursuing an internship must submit a petition and have it approved prior to the internship beginning. A petition must be submitted to the Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office well in advance of the internship beginning as it may take some time to review all documentation. All internships must be non-paid and have a significant international cultural component to be reviewed.

2) Once the internship has been approved, students must request an authorization code from the instructor of Soc Sci 197 (Patrick Del Rosario - pdelrosa@uci.edu). The Soc Sci 197 course must be taken concurrently while the internship is in progress. The course cannot be taken before the internship begins or after it has been completed.

3) For a list of approved local internships please click here. Please note all internships must be petitioned, even if they are on the preferred list. The approved internship list will serve as a guideline of past internships that have been approved. 

Further information regarding the internship process and the Soc Sci 197 course will be sent as they become available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kurt Hessinger at kurt.hessinger@uci.edu

 

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