For Julia Handel, who is spending her summer interning at Reykjavik University in Iceland through the International Internship Program (IIP) at UW-Madison, interning abroad has enriched her life and reaffirmed her passion.
The International Internship Program (IIP) office is requesting proposals from faculty and academic staff for international internship site development. Leveraging existing relationships is one of the best ways to secure internship opportunities for UW–Madison students. Therefore, IIP will grant up to four awards of up to $1500 to support travel expenses for individuals who are willing to tap their existing networks.
The deadline for proposals is July 1, 2011. For more details on the criteria and application process, please read the official release.
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Alexa Loustalet spent the spring 2011 semester in Rome, Italy working for the U.S. Department of State. As an intern working internationally, Loustalet furthered her love for Italian culture and found a new direction for her life and career. International Studies had the opportunity to interview Loustalet where she describes the steps it takes to get the internship, the daily responsibilities she had at the embassy, and the impact it had on her future.
Applications are currently being accepted for internships through the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the 2012 Spring Student Internship Program and apply by Friday, July 1, 2011.
“What started out as a way to be in Italy, became an opportunity to see a life I want.” — Alexa Loustalet
Video by Thomas Schneider, Division of International Studies
MADISON – As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Jeff Schacherl initially focused on his chosen field of mechanical engineering. Then a one-month study abroad trip to Nancy, France, stirred Schacherl’s interest in international experiences. That led to an internship at Plexus’ Penang, Malaysia Design Center – and ultimately a career for the 2009 graduate at the company’s Design Center located in Neenah, Wisconsin.
“An internship is really like a three- to six-month job interview,” says Schacherl. “I was able to get to know Plexus and understand the company culture, and they got to know me.”
Through internships, like Schacherl’s experience with Plexus, Wisconsin companies and the UW-Madison’s Division of International Studies can join forces to cultivate the global talent that so many companies need today. Internships also offer opportunities to earn academic credits.