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Study Abroad
Western Michigan
University

1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan
49008-5245 USA
Phone (269) 387-5890
Fax (269) 387-0630

Location

2425 Ellsworth Hall
WMU Mail Stop 5245

Intern Abroad

Interested in doing an internship overseas and earning credit for your work experience? Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE) can assist you in the process. An international internship can be a great way to get hands-on work experience in the increasingly inter-connected global environment.

Internship options:

 


Obtaining Credit for Internships

The Haenicke Institute supports internships abroad for academic credit only and will assist you in seeking credit through WMU.

Academic credit for an internship abroad can be assigned directly through WMU, under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member, or by an institution overseas if it's part of a study abroad program.

  1. Study Abroad Program (credits transcripted by foreign university): Many study abroad programs offer internships for credit during or following a term of study. These credits will be evaluated and reported on a transcript by the foreign university.  However, you should discuss your project with your advisor and your department chair before you undertake an internship abroad through a study abroad program.  Some departments have addiitional requirements.  You will request approval for these credits through the same procedures used when requesting recognition of normal coursework abroad. You will indicate the internship course abroad during the course pre-approval process on-line. The internship credits and grade will appear on your official foreign transcript along with the other academic coursework completed abroad. Haenicke Institute staff will post these grades to your WMU transcript in accordance with the documented approvals in your study abroad application file. You should discuss your project with your study abroad coordinator in the Institute. 

  2. Under the supervision of a WMU faculty member (credits directly from WMU): This is the most suitable option for students completing an internship arranged directly with an employer or through a placement organization (when not combined with a study abroad program.) Students should check with department chairs, faculty advisors or advising staff to determine if their department has a course number that can be used to recognize internship work abroad. Some faculty will agree to supervise a student’s work as independent study. If you are not sure who to contact in your department, contact Haenicke Institute staff for assistance.

    The instructor of record will be responsible for determining the method of evaluation, assessing the student’s work, and assigning a final grade for the internship. You will document the department's agreement to supervise, evaluate, and award credit for your internship abroad during the on-line application process. When academic credit is approved through a WMU department, the Haenicke Institute will review security and safety issues as well as the internship assignment .

    If you are arranging an internship directly with an employer overseas, the Institute will provide you with the contract template clarifying the relationship between you, your employer, and WMU. This contract is mandatory and will be signed by the Institute on behalf of WMU.

University policy requires all students interning abroad to register with the Haenicke Institute. This ensures you will be covered under the university’s risk management procedures, including emergency medical and security insurance. WMU credit will not be awarded if you have not registered with the Institute prior to interning abroad.

Please contact Haenicke Institute Study Abroad at +1.269.387.5890 or study-abroad@wmich.edu with any questions or for additional information.

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As part of a Study Abroad program

Already planning on studying aborad? Incorporating an internship during your study abroad experience is a good option for you. You will gain professional work experience while taking academic courses and will become more involved in your community.  Generally, your internship will be assessed by someone in the host country and will be posted on your official foreign transcript. In most cases, there will be no need to arrange for a WMU faculty member to evaluate your internship experience. While on an internship during a study program, you will be eligible for WMU financial aid and be covered under international insurance.

Current university partners offering internship possibilities:

  • Norwegian School of Management (Oslo)
  • American Intercontinental University (London)
  • Negocia (Paris)
  • Universidad de Burgos (Spain)
  • Université de Franche Comté (Besançon, France)
  • University of Bonn (Germany)
  • University of Paderborn (Germany)
  • University of Wollongong (Australia)
  • Swinburne Technological University (Australia)
  • Deakin University (Australia)
  • University of Tasmania (Australia)
  • Waikato University (New Zealand)
  • University of Otago (New Zealand)
  • Macquarie University (Australia)

 

Steps to arrange an internship with study abroad:

  1. Talk with your department chair and/or advisor about your project.  Some departments have additional requirements.
  2. Discuss your internship ideas with a Study Abroad coordinator
  3. Complete WMU study abroad online application
  4. Follow through with Study Abroad coordinator

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Placement Organizations

Working through an internship placement organization can help focus your efforts in locating an appropriate internship in your field of study. These program/internship providers can offer support and guidance as you search for the right location and company. These providers maintain and develop relations with companies willing to supervise U.S. student interns; therefore you do not have set up everything yourself. Often they assist with locating housing and getting settled into your host country.

Internships through providers are subject to both your department and HIGE approval. You will need to work with a WMU faculty member who will evaluate your internship and serve as instructor of record for the credits you will receive. Also, you will need to work with Haenicke Institute Study Abroad staff to have the required information to receive WMU credit. If you arrange to receive WMU credit, you will be eligible for financial aid during the term in which you complete your internship and receive international insurance. If you choose not to receive credit or work through Haenicke Institute Study Abroad, you will not be able to receive academic credit, international insurance, or financial aid.

Numerous international placement organization and providers exist and this can make your search for the best fit daunting. Keep in mind how this organization and provider will serve your needs. Costs can vary greatly between organizations as well as the services and resources they provide for you before, during, and after the internship. Having as much information as possible about the internship organization/provider will help in finding a beneficial internship experience for you. To assist in this process, Haenicke Institute Study Abroad has approved several internship providers. You may work through other internship providers subject to HIGE approval; however, we strongly recommend you contact the Institute before talking with a provider not listed below.

Reputable internship providers approved by HIGE:

Steps to arrange an internship through a placement organization/provider:

  1. Discuss your internship ideas with the chair &/or advisor in your department
  2. Find a faculty member in your department to oversee your internship
  3. Complete HIGE online internship application
  4. Complete application with internship placement organization
  5. Follow through with Study Abroad Coordinators and Instructor of Record in department

Overseas internships identified with WMU will be posted on bronco jobs http://broncojobs.wmich.edu .

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Arranged directly with overseas employer

This is a great option if you already know a particular business or organization you would like to work with. This option is usually less structured and supported than the other two, but it allows you to customize an internship to suit your needs (location, company, dates, etc). You also will not usually need to pay fees to an intermediary organization. If you are willing to put in more time and effort in researching international companies and working with them to arrange a beneficial internship experience, this option is a good way to get the experience you are looking for.  Career and Student Employment Services as well as Haenicke Institute study abroad can give you suggestions on how to research a direct internship overseas.

As with an internship through a placement/provider, your first step in this project is to meet with your department chair &/or advisor.  Independent internships are also subject to HIGE approval. You will need to work with a WMU faculty member to evaluate your work and assign a grade for your WMU credits. If you arrange to receive WMU credit, you will be eligible for financial aid, receive academic credit, and international insurance. If you choose not to receive credit or work through Haenicke Institute Study Abroad, you will not be able to receive academic credit, international insurance, or financial aid.

If you are arranging an internship directly with an employer overseas, the Institute will provide you with the contract template clarifying the relationship between you, your employer, and WMU. This contract is mandatory and will be signed by the Institute on behalf of WMU and may also be signed by your department chair.  (The contract will be available on line soon.)

Steps to arrange an internship independently:

  1. Discuss your internship ideas with the chair &/or advisor in your department
  2. Find a faculty member in your department to oversee your internship
  3. Identify an internship opportunity
  4. Meet with Haenicke Institute staff (Berquist) to review your project
  5. Complete HIGE online internship application
  6. Complete contract for internship
  7. Review best practice guidelines for international internships
  8. Follow through with Study Abroad staff and Instructor of Record in department

Overseas internships identified with WMU will be posted on Bronco Jobs.

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Additional Resources

Here are additional useful resources for researching internships abroad. This list will be updated as additional resources become available.

 

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