Programs range from teaching in Cambodia (left) to community development in Indonesia (center) to working with biofuels in Malaysia (right)

Applications for the summer 2018 Iacocca Internship Placements are CLOSED
Visit "Apply" in the left-hand menu for more information.

The international internships are fully funded through the Iacocca Foundation, the Freeman Foundation and many generous donors.

The funding covers your airfare, housing, most meals and on-ground transportation for the duration of your internship. Expenses for which students are responsible are: passport, visa applicaiton, immunizations, some meals, additional excursions at your discretion, souvenirs, and other incidentals. Accommodations vary depending on the internship, but may be a home-stay, apartment, dorm, hostel or hotel.

Internships are full-time and unpaid.

Internship assignments are available in many locations and disciplines. The 2018 Internship opportunities are now available to view. Learn more by visiting our "Internship Opportunities" page.

Be sure to visit the Internship Opportunities page for important announcements for all potential applicants.

Students can apply for one internship or note a first choice and a second choice.  However, if you provide a second choice on your application, it will be assumed that you will accept that placement if it’s offered, so please indicate a second choice only if you fully intend to accept it.  Graduating seniors are eligible to apply, but if selected, must defer graduation until after their internship has been completed.

Application Timeline (Example)

  • September 30, 2017: Internship opportunities posted
  • Information sessions: see General Information Sessions
  • November 27, 2017: Application deadline (This includes ALL supplemental materials in addition to application)
  • Mid- to Late-January 2018: Internship selections will be announced

Selection Criteria

The Steering Committee will review all completed applications using a holistic approach to select students, with consideration being given to the following criterion:

  • Financial Need (the higher the need, the greater the chance the student will be selected)
  • Previous International Experience (the less experience, particularly on a Lehigh-sanctioned program, the greater the likelihood the student will be selected)
  • Alignment of student experience/interests with the job description of the Experience Provider
  • Academic success (if all else is equal, the student with the higher GPA will be given priority)
  • Extracurricular activities as they may relate to the experience


Other Internship Descriptors

  • While the majority of internships are non-credit bearing, there are opportunities available through some of our third-party providers for transfer credit after completion
  • Opportunities are targeted to undergraduate students and a few select opportunities are available to graduate students
  • Experiences aligned for various disciplines / majors
  • Diverse geographic locations (30+ countries)

Once Selected

  • Students will be notified via email and expected to turn in their Letter of Acceptance within a specified two-week timeframe.
  • Once dtudents accept their internship position, should they cancel their participation for any reason other than extreme hardship or health, students will be charged $1,000 through their Bursar account.
  • Interns will be added to a cohort-specific Course Site for the duration of the program
  • There will be monthly pre-departure orientations during the spring semester, approximately once a month, which students are required to attend. This does NOT include any group-program specific orientations, which are at the discretion of the program leader.
  • Interns will be introduced to the iiPATH program, developed to help them identify, apply, and discuss their talents, skills, and professional experience across the duration of the internship.

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Student Reports

Visit our Student Testimonials and Reports page to read previous years' reports and to learn more about the specific internship experiences.