Loyola University Chicago

Global Studies


Internships in Global Studies

The program in Global Studies provides the opportunity for students to earn academic credit while interning at organizations both in Chicago and around the world. Positions are regularly available at a variety of non-profits, for-profits, and government offices including consulates and various national trade representative delegations.

Internships allow students to gain valuable work experience and explore an area of professional interest before embarking on a career. The knowledge and insight that interns gain can help them both search for and land permanent employment. Many graduates struggle on the job market not knowing exactly what kind of job they ought to seek. An internship allows you not only to learn about a particular field, but also to explore the kind of career and job environment best suited to your personality and interests.

Almost any professional work experience can be used for an internship under Global Studies so long as deals with an area related to global or international work. In approving an internship for credit, it is the duties as an intern that matters more than the organization itself. For example, an internship with the FBI might not sound on the surface to be GLST related, but we have had a student in the past work with their Transnational Crime Task Force. Likewise, an internship with the United Nations might sound like it would automatically be approved for GLST, but if you were working on a project that dealt solely with environmental policy in the U.S. it would not be. The general rule is that the internship cannot deal solely with the U.S., however one related to immigration is acceptable as the work you are doing centers around people from outside the U.S. and the broader issue of transnational migration. A position in a Chicago Alderman’s office will very likely not qualify for GLST credit as the bulk of that office’s work will be dealing with U.S. citizens and issues related to the city of Chicago. It may, however, qualify for credit with the Political Science department under its PLSC 370 course.

Majors and minors may be enrolled in GLST 370 for 3 to 6-credit hours, with 3 credits requiring 120 total hours and each additional credit an additional 40 hours to a maximum of 240 hours for 6 credits. This works out to 8 to 16 hours per week over the course of a typical 15-week semester. Internships are also available over the summer months and require enrolling in one of the summer sessions. Only 3 credit hours of the internship course may be applied to the global studies major/minor, so any student electing to enroll for 6-credits will have 3 hours applied as GLST 370 and 3 hours applied to their transcript as a general university elective, which counts towards the university’s 120 total credit hour requirement for graduation. Double majors earning 6 credits may elect to split those between GLST and their second major, typically by enrolling jointly in both GLST 370 and, for example, COMM 381/391 or PLSC 370 for 3 credit hours each. Students participating in the Loyola Washington D.C. program may also seek permission to enroll in three credits of GLST 370 if they are placed in an internationally oriented internship (as described above).

The GLST Program maintains an extensive list of organizations offering internship opportunities. To review this list and discuss your individual situation, please contact the Internship Coordinator You are not limited to organizations on this list; new ones are added all the time as students seek out and find new opportunities appropriate for Global Studies. The approval process for newly located internships is simple: please send the Internship Coordinator a description of your duties as an intern and a brief summary and link to the organization. You will be notified of a decision in short order.

Students may not self-enroll in GLST 370. After accepting an internship offer from an approved institution or organization, please contact the Internship Coordinator, who will then enroll you in GLST 370. Please remember to specify how many credits you would like to enroll for and to provide your student ID number to speed enrollment. Only students with a GPA of 2.5 or greater may be enrolled in the course.