Internships, Field Study, and Research Abroad

Students interested in gaining international experience while also building critical skills for their personal and professional development should consider one of our academic internships, field study, or research abroad options.

More and more students are choosing to complete some type of experiential learning program during their study at Penn State. These experiences can better prepare students for their future careers and help them gain a global lens to approach their field of interest. Internships, field study, or research programs abroad can also help students gain a competitive edge in the job market or graduate school application process after graduation.

Education Abroad Internships

The information below is focused on full-time academic internships. Penn State students can intern part-time during their study abroad, but these experiences are rather short and do not take more than 5-10 hours per week. When considering a full-time internship or research opportunity, it is important to take into consideration major and minor academic requirements, as opposed to a preferred program location. Students should make sure the experience aligns with their professional goals, allowing them to be exposed to diverse cultural surroundings for global and intercultural learning.

A student will work between 25 and 40 hours per week in the internship placement as the core study abroad experience. Before applying to the program, students should meet with their academic advisers or college study abroad coordinators to confirm if the academic credits can be applied toward their degree. 

To search for internship opportunities, select "Internship" under the "Type of Program" category on the Advanced Program Search Page.

Students who have demonstrated financial need and career interests in health or the general betterment of human condition should explore the Perreault Fellows Program.

Research Abroad and Field Study Opportunities

Penn State students can apply for research opportunities or field study programs abroad. If students want to gain research experience in their field and prepare for graduate school, prepare for a career in research, or if they are interested in hands-on experiential learning, there are programs tailored specifically for them.

To search for research or field study opportunities, choose "Research" under the "Type of Program" category on the Advanced Program Search Page.

For more information, contact the Penn State education abroad adviser for internships and research.

Other Internship Opportunities

If a student would like to do a non-Penn State approved internship for academic credit, it is only possible if the student is enrolled in the internship course in the academic department. Students typically cannot transfer international internship credits from other institutions through Penn State Admissions. This is important for students who are in majors that require an internship to graduate. If you are considering an internship that is not part of an approved education abroad program, please review the Non-Penn State Programs Advice page before committing to the program.

Useful Contacts and Related Offices at Penn State

To better prepare for internships and research programs abroad, students should explore resources at Penn State that can help set their professional and personal goals and explore funding opportunities.