A global perspective and cross-cultural competence are crucial for success in today's world. With these goals in mind, a work/internship experience abroad will help you:
- Understand the international dimensions of your academic field(s)
- Multiply your career options
- Develop first-hand knowledge of other societies and cultures
- Improve your foreign language abilities
- Broaden your perspectives on U.S. society and yourself
Western currently sponsors internships through the UNCEP program to Mexico, AustraLearn and Center for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA). All majors are eligible for these internships as long as you meet the language, GPA (2.75), and faculty recommendation qualifications. You receive academic credit for Western's internship or coop experiences. As you research your options in these programs, contact the IPS Study Abroad Advisor with your questions.
If you are interested in an internship in Mexico you must have an advanced knowledge of the Spanish Language and participate on a semester or year-long exchange program through UNCEP - contact WCU's Study Abroad Advisor.
AustraLearn offers a number of internships in the summer, during the semester in combination with study, student teaching and custom-designed internships.
Various internships are available through the University of Canberra, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, and University of Wollongong. For specific internship details contact John Schweikart.
The Center for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA) works closely with the IPS office at Western to sponsor 6-week internships to London each summer. Students complete their applications with IPS and Career Services (Mardy Ashe) at Western and sign up for 3-6 hours of coop classes in the summer. Learn more about summer London internships.
Non-affiliated Work/Internships Abroad
There are a number of work and internship possibilities available through domestic and overseas organizations/agencies. If you find one of these attractive and would like to receive academic credit, contact the IPS Office.