Every year, the Iacocca International Internship Program includes several group opportunities led by Lehigh University faculty and staff. Request for Proposals for faculty/staff led, theme-based internships is open.
In the eight years since the program's inception, nearly 600 Lehigh students have interned in 50 countries. IIIP has become highly competitive within our student body and is recognized nationally as a model for international experiences. In 2019, the Institute of International Education (IIE) awarded the program the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education in the Student Mobility category.
The group internships:
- enable a broader geographic reach, especially in locations where students are less likely to travel independently,
- provide opportunities for those students not comfortable with independent travel and work abroad,
- expand upon institutional partnerships, and
- allow faculty to advance research collaboration and existing relationships at host sites.
Lehigh faculty and staff lead students on Iacocca Internships, typically in groups of four to a maximum of six students. Faculty/staff led theme-based internships intend to meet the following objectives:
- explore a particular academic or program theme
- enbale a broader geographic reach, especially in locations where students are less likely to travel independently
- expand upon institutional partnerships
- create opportunities for research collaboration where faculty/staff may have existing relationships at host sites
Faculty/staff leaders of theme-based internships will work within the IIIP policeis and procedures where developing the program, plan the logistics, prepare students for the work experience and cultural immersion, mentor students throughout the internship, and manage the budget.
Request for Proposals
IIIP is now accepting faculty and staff proposals for theme-based internships for summer 2020. The deadline to submit is proposal is September 24.
When developing a proposal, consider the following:
- The program should have a professional component that can be defined as a practicum, research or internship.
- The experience should be at least six weeks, preferably eight weeks or more.
- The group size is typically four to six students.
Examples of Successful Proposals
Program and Student Selection
The proposal process is competitive, as is the student selection. The IIIP funds are not intended as permanent subsidies for programs. Proposals that have been funded for more than three consecutive years may not be considered for renewal. Please contact Director Carol Ham if you are considering a request that will extend support beyond three years.
The IIIP Steering Committee will choose students for the program based on the IIIP selection criteria and taking into account the following considerations:
- Students with financial need are considered more closely than those with no or little need.
- Students with no previous experience abroad on a Lehigh-sanctioned program are considered before those who have had an experience abroad.
- Rising juniors and seniors will be considered before first-year students.