Study Abroad

International Internships & Volunteer Experiences

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS
International internship programs can give UW-L students relevant experience in today's increasingly global society. An international internship allows students to increase their cultural competencies and gain a better understanding of other cultures; both in how they work and in how they live. Internships are available around the world in various settings including government, business, or the non-profit sector. Students may combine an international internship with a study abroad program. Credits earned from an international internship may be applied towards specific program requirements of an internship experience, independent study or research.

ANGELO EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

DREAM CAREERS

GLOBALINKS LEARNING ABROAD

GERMANY

BUNAC
BUNAC is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in sending young people on working holidays and volunteer projects. BUNAC’s programs provide you with all the support you need whilst you travel the world, gain invaluable experience and make friends for life!

GLOBALED
CONNECT-123
Connect-123 helps students find challenging, career-related internship projects in a wide range of fields, including business, communications, education, community service, human rights, journalism, health care, law and sustainable development.  They offer programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dublin and Shanghai.

MEXICO

CEA GLOBAL EDUCATION

 

Visit our FAQ page regarding general internship questions.

To view and/or print the Application and Guidelines, click the link below. Make sure you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to be able to view and print out the form.

Once you have been accepted, you will have to follow certain procedures, described in the guidelines that are accessible below. Also some forms will have to be filled out and submitted to UW-L during your internship, which will help you get credit for your activities abroad. These forms can be accessed below.

Application Guidelines & Procedures          ● Apply!

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES

Global Volunteerism Check out Megan Hess' volunteer experience completed in Kenya, 2013!

International volunteer opportunities and search engines are available through the Career Services Office.

BUNAC is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in sending young people on working holidays and volunteer projects. BUNAC’s programs provide you with all the support you need whilst you travel the world, gain invaluable experience and make friends for life!

Mobility International USA
Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

"It's important for people in other countries, as well as our own, to see young people with disabilities as constructive, compassionate, and committed members of society. Volunteering abroad gives young people with disabilities an important opportunity to connect with people from other cultures and allows for self-discovery and growth. Volunteering abroad, despite accessibility concerns, can be an incredibly meaningful experience."

- Alexandra McArthur, a woman with muscular dystrophy who volunteered twice in Honduras with Honduras Outreach Inc.

In an online issue of A World Awaits You (AWAY): Volunteering Abroad with a Disability, published by Mobility International USA and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, people with disabilities embark on life-changing journeys to volunteer in communities around the world. They provided their time, skills and passion, and had the cultural experience of a lifetime. Volunteers share their stories as well as tips on everything from choosing a program to fundraising to foreign languages and reflect on the challenges and rewards of serving far from home. Special sections highlight the experiences of international volunteers in the United States, international work camps around the world and the experiences of wheelchair athletes who have participated in international exchanges.

Hundreds of opportunities exist for people of all ages with and without disabilities to volunteer abroad. Unlike traditional study abroad programs, anyone can volunteer abroad - at any age and at any time without needing to be a student. Contact the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange at www.miusa.org/ncde to learn more.

The NCDE is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by Mobility International USA.

As you begin applying for an international internship or volunteer experience, check with the U.S. State Department for the country's entry requirements and what type of visa you might need for which country.  The Office of International Education is not responsible or liable for its contents.

 

Office of International Education
1209 Centennial Hall
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 USA

Telephone: 608-785-8016

Fax: 608-785-8923

E-Mail: studyabroad@uwlax.edu