» MAIS Internships

All students complete an international internship between their first and second years of study. These internships immerse students in culture and work overseas, providing them with language and professional skills in the field to which they aspire. For example, students who hope to pursue a career in the NGO arena will participate in an international internship with an NGO.

Download a list of internship locations of previous students here.

Rory Burke

Global Starz Japan, China, Australia, England, Ireland I worked as On-Site Trip Director for Global Starz, which is a travel sports program that brings American student-athletes overseas. During my internship I was lucky enough to travel all over the world including Japan, China, Australia, England, and Ireland throughout the summer of 2010. I had a tremendous time meeting new people and experiencing new cultures while I was abroad for my internship.

Derrick Carter

U.S Department of Commerce International Trade Administration ¨C Foreign Commercial Service - Brussels, Belgium - Embassy of the United States My experience was an excellent professional development experience. I had an opportunity to strengthen my relationship management skills, learn diplomacy strategies, and understand the dynamic international environment. Furthermore, the cultural environment of working in an international governmental organization is one you cannot receive by working domestically or Washington D.C. The opportunity to stay on with the international arm of the Department of Commerce is quite limited after the internship, because most positions are classified under the Foreign Service Officer program, which is announced every two years.

Juliana Moreno

U.S. Department of State Geneva, Switzerland My summer internship as part of the Masters in International Studies program opened the door to a series of chapters in my life. I was privileged to visit Geneva, Switzerland on two occasions. The first time was part of a fifteen week internship during the summer of 2009. I worked for both the Diplomatic Security Office and the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. The second was for a Women’s Leadership conference in December 2009. This visit was sponsored by the Masters of Arts in International Studies program, Wilkinson's College, the Dean of Students and the Chancellor. Resulting from those experiences, I was given the opportunity to work for the U.S. Department of State Los Angeles Field Office as Program Assistant, I have been working there for over a year now, and I will become part of the civil service upon graduation. I have had an incredible journey thus far, and I do not expect any less for the future. The experiences were truly eye-opening. It is this kind of motivation that gives me and others the incentive to pursuit success. This lesson will continue to guide me throughout my life and work.

Emily Novick

Global Vision International San Francisco de Tortuguero, Costa Rica I went to San Francisco de Tortuguero, Costa Rica with one of the other members of the program, Danielle Velasquez. While there we were working on Educational and Community Development projects within the village. At the local school, since Danielle and I are fluent Spanish speakers, we taught the children, ages 5-13 basic subjects like Math in Spanish and for those who desired to learn we would teach private English lessons. One of the other things we started was the planning of an arts and crafts area at the school. We also worked to beautify the school a bit because education in that region of the country is not stressed and it was difficult getting the children to come. We would also spend time on Friday nights with the adults in the community participating in intercambios, or dialogue in English and Spanish so that all of us could better our skills!

Ashley Romero

Foundation for Sustainable Development/ Educaser La Plata, Argentina I did my internship with Educaser under the supervision of The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) teaching children about environmental issues and how to lead sustainable lives. Participating in an internship in a foreign country and with underprivileged kids was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about myself and Argentine culture. It was a completely different kind of education, one that can never be found inside the classroom. I am very thankful that the MAIS program makes the internship a requirement because it was a great excuse to go abroad while gaining valuable experience.

Roxanna Sanchez

Seva Mandir: Rural Development Rajastian, India Through my internship in India ''Seva Mandir,'' I had the opportunity to become deeply committed towards improving the lives of poor women and the female child in rural villages of Udaipur, Rajasthan. I trained and educated women in regards to women's empowerment as a tremendous resource for social change and a prerequisite in the broader fight against global poverty, development and gender equity. Training and Education taught women in Udaipur about their own rights and how the most profound changes arise when we work not only with the most disempowered, but with the people and structures around them that can assist them with their struggle for a life with dignity. At the end of the day, we all strive for a world in which a person's rights, responsibilities, opportunities and dignity are determined not by their status as male or female, but as a human being.

Dilshan Somaweera

U.S. Department of State (Bureau of International Organization Affairs) Washington D.C. "My MAIS coursework, in particular Dr. Kanavou's class, had more than adequately prepared me for the duties that I was asked to assume" Through my internship I was made aware of the complexities of multilateral diplomacy, and the incredible degree of coordination that is required to develop comprehensive solutions for global issues. As an intern in the office of UN Political Affairs (UNP) within the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) I did the following: Drafted memoranda for the US Secretary of State apprising her of the upcoming business to be conducted in the UN Security Council; updated, drafted, coordinated and secured approval for "annotated agenda papers" for the 65th UN General Assembly; wrote briefing papers for the bureau's Assistant Secretary; and coordinated remarks to be delivered in the UN Security Council by the US Permanent Representative or other senior officials.