• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• Eligibility requirements vary depending on the internship opportunity.
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Variable language requirements depending on the internship opportunity.
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Internship reflection and cross-cultural studies in a global work setting. Optional directed study.

Classroom Language


You are responsible for arranging your own housing

Program Duration

The Worldwide Internship Program is available Summer, Fall and Spring terms. The course will run for set dates, but your time at your internship site should be agreed upon by you by your employer based on the needs of the internship. The internship must be at least 4 weeks in another country, and at least 96 hours of work (not including coursework).

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2014-15  10/3/2014
Summer 2015 1 Credit Course 3/6/2015
Summer 2015 3 Credit Course 3/6/2015
Fall 2015-16  3/6/2015

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

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UW International Internship Program

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You must apply through the International Internship Program (IIP). Accepted students' information will be transferred to IAP for enrollment, insurance, and other details. Application for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 are now open (NetID login required to apply).

The Worldwide Internship Program, a collaboration between International Academic Programs (IAP) and the International Internship Program (IIP), is a way for UW Madison undergraduates to go abroad for an internship and gain academic credit for reflection upon that experience.  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 the internship details are not yet finalized.

IIP offers advising for internships abroad and receiving credit with WIP as walk-ins or appointments.

Once you have found an internship opportunity 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 to this program 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 or career interests, and have a supervisor willing to complete an evaluation of your work at the end of the internship.  IIP will review all internships to be sure they meet these requirements.

Note: If you are hoping to do an internship that currently has a U.S. State Department Travel Warning, you will need to have approval from the University International Travel Committee (UITC) before you can participate on the Worldwide Internship Program. Please apply early so you can also start this additional approval process..  Please contact the Study Abroad Resource Center in 106 Red Gym to make an appointment with your Study Abroad Advisor about the specific information that will need to be presented to UITC, so that you can begin gathering it now.

The required online 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.

Interested in doing WIP and getting credit for your Global Health Certificate Field Experience? Due to the individualized nature of WIP, Global Health approves WIP on a case-by-case basis. Find out more here.