Each concentrator is required to complete an internship or independent study. The internship is the recommended path, and most concentrators complete one if not more than one. There are two paths that students generally take: 1) participate in an off-campus study program that includes an internship (such as MSID); or 2) complete a graded summer internship using funds from one of the internship programs that work in coordination with the Career Development Office at Grinnell College.
How to Select a Summer Internship: Many students set up internships on their own directly with host organizations that they are aware of through a range of means (e.g. off-campus study, family or friends, other students, web browsing). The Career Development Office at Grinnell College has databases of sites at which students have done internships in the past. Some students also choose to use programs that, for a charge, work to set students up in an internship, and often includes a homestay.
Career Development Office Assistance:
Counseling appointments with Career Counselors
Mock/Practice Interviews by appointment
Funding for summer internships is available through a number of funds, all of which work with the Career Development Office. Anyone interested in doing an internship should be working to nail down a site in January and February. A preliminary meeting with the Career Development Office to indicate an interest, find out about deadlines, and hear about funding options is required and should be done in the first week or two of the spring semester. To receive Global Development Studies credit, the internship must be for credit and graded.
Grant funding options – remember that College funding is not available for program fees.
Complete a Universal Internship Application – Available on CDO website – Internships tab
Deadline for Grant and Endowed Program funding - (Mid-April) Friday, April 13th 2012 at 4:00pm
Deadline for GRINNELLINK internships – (Mid-February) Friday, Feb. 17th 2012 at 4:00pm
You need to complete the Universal Internship Application if applying for academic credit - 2 credits are waived if you receive college funding, if not, you need to pay for each credit.
Each year during family weekend, students who have completed an internship for the concentration in the prior year present their experiences in a poster session. Presentations from past years can be viewed in the Global Development Resources Organization in PioneerWeb.
PioneerLink: Grinnell College’s internship and job search database.
LACN: Liberal Arts Career Network (Accessed through PioneerLink)
NIC: Nationwide Internship Consortium (Accessed through PioneerLink).
Going Global (Accessed through PioneerLink)
www.Internships-USA.com (username: interns password: learn)
www.Idealist.org for non-profits internships
www.UrbanEmploy.com for an internship in a Metro Area
Past internship database on Internships section of Career Development Office website
Books at Career Development Office
LinkedIn, PLANS, and the Loggia to connect and network with alumni
Sustainable Business Green Jobs
Proworld Volunteer Internships
A Spring of Hope
Doctors Without Borders - paid internships
Cross Cultural Solutions
YouTube videos of interns “international internships”
Center for Association Leadership
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Council on Foundations
Families USA: Health Careers for All
Feminist Majority's Career Center
Nonprofit Career Network
The NonProfit Times
Ohio State Legal Services Association
Philanthropy Journal Online
Public Services Careers
Visions in Action
International Career Resources:
Back Door Jobs - Exciting Career Adventures
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Experiment in International Living
Footprints Recruiting Incorporated
Foreign Service Web Site
Hess Educational Organization
International Career Employment Center
International Job Links
The International WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) Association
Monster International Zone
One Small Planet