Students are strongly encouraged to consider the benefits of studying abroad for one semester, an academic year, or a summer through a variety of Skidmore and other programs. The benefits of living in another culture, using a foreign tongue outside the English-speaking countries, and taking coursework in a foreign university setting are considered vital elements of an international education. Students should speak to their International Affairs faculty advisor for more information, visit the collection of study abroad program materials located in the Off-Campus Study & Exchanges in the first floor of Starbuck.
Interning in an international affairs-oriented professional office at the local, regional, national, or international level is strongly recommended for students in the international affairs program as a very valuable learning experience. Internships offer students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in practical terms and take that practical knowledge back into the classroom in order to achieve a more rounded understanding of international issues and problems. Internships also offer students a springboard to careers or further education in international affairs and provide an important pre-professional dimension to their undergraduate study.
Students may intern in the United States or abroad, during the academic year or summer, through existing accredited programs or through independent initiative, and with or without academic credit. Recent Business majors have interned in international advertising and electronics firms and in business and economics research groups. Recent Government majors have interned in congressional and federal offices, embassies, research think tanks, and nongovernmental international organizations. A sample of internships abroad and in the US is listed below.
International Affairs advisors in the six participating departments are available to guide students interested in internships. Students seeking advising/counseling related to internships, should contact the Director or the Associate Director, Career Development Center (Starbuck Center 1st Floor, ext. 5790). Students interested in earning academic credit for internships should contact the Academic Advising Office (ext. 5720).
At the discretion of the IA student's home department, credit toward the minor for internationally-related internships in the United States or abroad may be earned.
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