A field study project with a related organization/agency in the Master of Arts in International Relations requires at least 140 hours of work, an average of ten hours per week for one fourteen week semester or during summer sessions I & II. Exceptions to this requirement are at the discretion of the Program Director.
The field study project should be carefully planned. Students should complete at least one semester of coursework before beginning their field study project. For full-time students, the IR Program recommends that the field study project be completed in the summer between your first and second years of study, or in your second or third semesters of study.
Upon securing a field study project, students should request their internship site supervisor to submit the Field Study Application Form. Within 7 business days of submission, students will receive a confirmation from the Program with instructions on enrollment into the 2- credit Field Study Seminar (INTRL-GA 3995), which is designed to connect the field study project to the MA degree and cover aspects of career development. Students should then report the internship following the Internship Reporting directions. Students completing their field study project during the summer, when the Field Study seminar is not offered, should enroll in the seminar in the following Fall semester.
For students wishing to pursue a more research-intensive MA degree with the goal of entering a Ph.D program, the field study component may be substituted by a 2-credit reading and research course approved by the Program Director.
The internship should be done in the United States . When students are interning for an organization, or are engaged in an NGO project that requires their presence in another country, then exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Program Director. If the student is completing the field study project outside of New York City, the student should take the seminar the semester after the project is completed.
Students may begin the field study project in the middle of the semester (should the position or project start at that time) on the condition that they would continue the position or project into the next semester, conditional of completing the requirement of 140 hours of work. International students requiring CPT application should consult the Office of Global Services for any concerns. Students must obtain approval from the Program Director and they must enroll for the Field Study Seminar the following semester.
Students pursuing a full-time field study must contact the Program Director for approval. Full-time field study projects must be approved by the GSAS Vice Dean of Student Affairs. N.B. State Department internships for example are offered full-time.
Upon completion of the field study project, the Field Study Evaluation Form.
No credit will be granted retroactively for internship activities.
Exemptions to the regulations above are allowed only by the Program Director.