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2017 Iacocca Internship Placements are now open for applications.
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Statement of Purpose

Taking theory to practice, Lehigh University’s Iacocca International Internship Program aims to provide students with high-quality learning experiences that will enable them to develop both professionally and personally. These robust international internship experiences provide an in-depth introduction to work environment norms, industry awareness, and an enhanced global perspective through a true cultural immersion.

Through these internships, students develop significantly - both professionally and personally.  The technical skills developed should be relevant to his/her field of study and career aspirations.  The soft skills typically developed include, but are not limited to:

  • improved interpersonal communication
  • enhanced self-awareness
  • independent thinking
  • increased self-confidence
  • emerging professional identity
  • expanded professional networks
  • broadened global awareness, etc.

An intended outcome is to improve the student's job readiness for tomorrow's competitive global workplace.

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 internships range in duration from 6 to 10 weeks.  Lehigh University pays for each student’s travel, accommodation and meals.  A modest stipend is provided to slightly offset loss of summer earnings.

Benefits to Students Who Intern Abroad

Through these internships, students develop significantly both professionally and personally. The technical skills developed should be relevant to his/her field of study and career aspirations. The soft skills typically developed include, but are not limited to:

  • improved interpersonal communication
  • enhanced self-awareness
  • independent thinking
  • increased self-confidence
  • emerging professional identity
  • expanded professional networks
  • broadened global awareness, etc.

An intended outcome is to improve the student’s job readiness for tomorrow’s competitive global workplace.

Benefits to Organizations Who Host Our Undergraduate Students

Organizational hosts derive benefit from a fresh perspective of a young professional who contributes to organizational projects, research or other service for a minimum of two months. Help develop today’s youth for tomorrow’s workplace. Enable students to immerse themselves in a culture that is new and different, thereby enhancing their global perspective.  

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Benefactor of the program Lee Iacocca '45 and program director Carol Ham.