About Our Program


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.
   Students receive:

  • 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

Getting Started:

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.