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The Worldwide Internship Program, a collaboration between International Academic Programs (IAP) and the International Internship Program office (IIP) is a way for UW Madison undergraduates to go abroad for an internship and gain academic credit for reflection upon that experience.
If you have found an internship in another country that is at least 4 weeks in duration and requires at least 96 hours of work with a company, non-profit organization or government agency, you may apply to this program. You may also apply if you have applied to a third party internship placement program that will help you secure an internship that meets those criteria. Your internship must have a clear job description, be connected in some way to your studies, and have a supervisor willing to complete an evaluation of your work at the end of the internship.
The 3-credit required course will bring you together with students who are spread around the world into a virtual classroom to reflect upon their experiences and learn from each other about what it is like to work in various places around the world and experience culture both inside and outside the workplace.
This program is open to students from any major. You should apply if you are in the process of developing an internship, even if all internship details are not yet established.
Locations vary based on internship opportunity
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
Visa requirements vary by country. Please consult with IIP, IAP or your internship provider for visa information.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
You will participate in a pre-departure meeting for the internship course.
HousingYou are responsible for your own housing. In some cases, your internship employer will provide housing or help you locate it. You can also use the returned student network to contact past interns for housing tips.
Excursions and Activities
Excursions are generally not a component of an international internship opportunity that is found independently, however, you will most likely have your weekends free for travel.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Returned Student Network
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