Lehigh University’s International Internship Program provides students with full fellowships to participate in internship, research or practicum experiences in organizations around the world. The internship is a full-time experience, which allows for a true cultural immersion.
While students gain practical career-related experience and an enhanced global perspective, the organizations that host the students get driven, intelligent interns to work on short-term projects and an opportunity to mentor young people.
These experiences are 6 to 12 weeks over the summer, unpaid and non-credit bearing. Lehigh University pays for each student’s travel, accommodation and meals. A modest stipend is available to students with demonstrated financial need.
The International Internship Program is funded through the Iacocca Foundation and the Freeman Foundation.
Benefits to students who intern abroad:
On-site mentors assigns projects/tasks, provides support, training and feedback.
- practical work experience for greater marketability upon graduation
- a broadened global perspective
- an extended professional network
- academic, professional, and personal development
Benefits to Organizations who host our undergraduate students:
The host organization who sponsers a Lehigh undergraduate student for a 6-12 week summer internship derives the following benefits:
- new perspectives from high-potential, mature, and driven students
- mentoring and supervisory experience for a current employee
- provide and observe professional and personal growth for the student
Sponsors submit a general position description in June/July. Internship opportunities are promoted to students during the fall semester for a December application deadline. A Selection Committee reviews all applicants and identifies the ideal students for each of the respective internship placements based on the following criteria:
- No previous study or work abroad experience
- Demonstrated financial need
- Strong academic and university standing
- Experience and capabilities closely aligned with organizational needs
Students are notified of their assignments in January. Pre-departure orientation occurs throughout the spring semester. Internships begin in June.
In 2015, students were placed in 27 countries.