An internship 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 internship should be carefully planned. Students should complete at least one semester of coursework before beginning their internship. For full-time study students, the IR Program recommends that the internship be completed in the summer between your first and second years of study, or in your second or third semesters of study.
Upon securing an internship, students should request their internship site supervisor to submit the Internship Initiation Form (please scroll to the bottom of this page for link to form). Within 7 business days of submission, students will receive a confirmation from the Program.
For students wishing to pursue a more research-intensive M.A. degree with the goal of entering a Ph.D. program, the internship component may be substituted by a 2-credit reading and research course approved by the Program Director. This 2-credit course will be taken in lieu of 2 points of required IR elective credits in the student's second to last term, followed by the Master's Thesis Seminar in their final term. The R&R course work should be designed with their M.A. thesis supervisor to provide for a more advanced and rigorous M.A. thesis.
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.
Students pursuing a full-time internship must contact the Program Director for approval. Full-time internships 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 internship, the Internship Completion Form must be submitted by the internship site supervisor.
No credit will be granted retroactively for internship activities.
Exemptions to the regulations above are allowed only by the Program Director.