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International internships are an excellent way to apply ideas and theories acquired during your courses to the professional world. They are an opportunity to address personal as well as professional development goals, gain employment skills and identify your own strengths and preferences while learning within a structured environment. International internships allow you to explore different communication styles and work cultures.

The Office of Overseas Study can only award internship credit for those internships that are done in conjunction with an academic course that ties the experience together. Nearly all such internships have two components: work in the placement and a related academic project. You cannot earn credit simply for working abroad. Most often internships abroad will provide no salary or monetary compensation.

IU sponsors a number of programs that include internship components. If you do not find one that fits your needs, please consult our non-IU internship vetting guide for more information about what to look for in a non-IU internship program. For more information on applying to non-IU programs, please consult our non-IU procedures.

Study abroad is like spring training for this century. It helps you develop the fundamentals, the teamwork, and the determination to succeed."

-Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State