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 not credit bearing. Lehigh University pays for each student’s travel, accommodation and meals. A modest stipend is available to students with demonstrated need.
The International Internship Program is funded through the Iacocca Foundation and the Freeman Asia Foundation.
Benefits to students who intern abroad:
An on-site mentor assigns projects/tasks, and provides support, training and feedback. Students receive:
- practical work experience for greater marketability upon graduation,
- a broadened global perspective,
- an extended professional network and
- academic, professional, and personal development.
Benefits to Organizations who host our undergraduate students:
The host organizatoin who sponsors 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 at your organization,
- provide and observe professional and personal growth for the student, and
- groom potential employees for future needs.
Sponsors submit a general position description in June/July. Internship opportunities are promoted to students during late summer and early fall for a November 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.
Review past reports to learn more about the internship experiences:
- Summer 2013 Program Impact Report (2013)
- 2013 Student Report (PDF)
- 2012 Student Report (PDF)
- 2014 Student Report (PDF)
In 2014, students were placed in 23 countries.