Study Away internship placements are created for each individual student based on your professional goals and personal interests. The internship team finds a unique placement for each participant based on information from their statement of interest and phone placement meeting.

Internships are possible in a number of different industries. Students are encouraged to be creative and to think about developing transferable skills and how these enhanced skills will serve as a first step toward career goals. These are just some example of areas of placement to get you started.

  • Arts & Culture – Art Galleries, Cultural Organizations, Museums, Record Companies, Arts Magazines, and Entertainment Venues.
  • Healthcare, Social Issues & Education – Non-Profits, Social Outreach and Advocacy, University Departments, Research Laboratories, and Human Services.
  • Business, Finance & Economics – including Investment Banking, Commercial & Retail Banking, Insurance, Venture Capital, and Retail.
  • Communications & Marketing – Advertising, Public Relations, In-House Press Offices, Event Management, Corporate Communications, Tour Operators, Media Buying.
  • Politics, Law & NGOs – Legal Departments, Law Firms, City Government, International organizations, Advocacy Groups, Think Tanks, Trade Associations, and Electoral Campaigns.
  • Research – University Departments, Engineering, Hardware, Software and Internet Companies.

How does it work?

The College of Arts & Letters partners with an internship placement organization that works specifically with college interns to identify project-based internship placements for students in their area of interest based on skills, interests, and professional goals, as well as the sponsor’s needs and work cycles. Students benefit from their expertise, wide network of employers, professional development guidance and workshops, and dedication to create a quality internship experience for each individual. Staff in each location provide placement services, on-site orientation, workshops and also serve as the emergency contact on-site throughout the program.

Each student identifies three equal areas of interest for a possible internship. This allows placement managers more avenues to pursue internship positions that will be a valuable experience for each individual. Students should be specific about goals for outcomes of their experience, while remaining flexible and open to many types of placements that may be available within each industry.

Coursework will be assigned by the student's College internship program coordinator. Assignments may include a combination of reflective journals, research papers, and a project portfolio students will compile throughout the program. Internships are unpaid, and each student will earn a minimum of eight credits for the ten week program.

Placement Process

The placement process includes:

1.  Application to the program through the Study Away Program Coordinator in the College of Arts & Letters. The College accepts students into the program.

2.  Accepted students will have individual phone and/or in-person placement meetings with an internship placement manager for their destination city. Students send an updated resume, discuss three areas of interest, and articulate goals and preferences for internship placements.

3.  Interviews will happen at different times for each student. Internship supervisors may contact students directly throughout the spring. Be prepared, respond in a timely manner, and be sure to stay in touch with your placement manager during the process.

4.  A provisional placement is sent to students via email, including a job description, sponsor website, and previous student evaluations (if available). Placement managers take time to identify the best possible placement for each student, so this information is sent close to the program start date. (Often one to two weeks prior to departure.)
 
5.  An on-site interview with the direct supervisor at the placement site will take place in the first few days of the program. There is strong competition for internship placements in the U.S., so students should prepare, act professionally, and treat this like a job interview.
 

Preparation

Use questions on this Guide to preparing for Your Internship prior to submitting your application.  
(If document does not download, email meierdan@msu.edu to ask for the Internship Prep Guide) 
 

The Career Services Network offers free resume workshops, walk in hours, and appointments with career advisors - take advantage of free on-campus services before submitting your application. The resume submitted as part of the application should be up-to-date and ready to go - this is the first impression potential internship supervisors will have of you!

Career Communities

Entrepreneurship, Business, and Innovation

Visual Arts, Arts Administration, and Performing Arts

Publishing, Editing, and Authorship

Design, Technology, and Media

International Affairs, Law, and Government

Nonprofit, Education, and Social Impact