• 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


Students complete internships in a wide variety of organizations (research, non-profit, corporate, government, etc.) around the world. Internships are either self-identified or found through the UW International Internship Program. A required online course focuses on internship reflection and cross-cultural studies in a global work setting.

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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 and 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).

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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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 Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 are now open (NetID login required to apply).

The Worldwide Internship Program (WIP), 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 via walk-ins or appointments for internships abroad and receiving credit with WIP and Getting Started Sessions for your internship search. IIP also has internship positions you apply to in their database which require or recommend this academic program (no separate application needed for credit for those positions).

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.

The WIP 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 their individualized nature, Global Health approves WIP internships on a case-by-case basis. Find out more here.


Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through internships