Internships for Interdisciplinary International Relations and International Studies Programs: Comparing Benefits and Challenges from West to East

Published: Nov 5, 2021
Contributor: Iva Bozovic
License: CC BY NC ND 4.0 license – Allows redistribution but no additions or revisions to content. Forbids commercial use.

This chapter sheds light on processes, challenges, and benefits of International Relations (IR) and International Studies (IS) internships through a comparison of two programs, one on the West Coast and the other on the East Coast of the US. After describing different program structures and resources needed to build IR/IS programs and support international students in the US and abroad, we explore creative ways to expand opportunities for IR/ IS students in local communities. We review practical challenges and offer a set of solutions to address them.

Keywords: internships, international internships, IR internships, IS internships, internship programs, experiential learning, professionalization

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