Internships, Service Learning & Research

Employers and graduate schools are impressed by students who do more than just take a few classes and travel around while abroad. An international experience as an intern, volunteer or researcher can really make a difference. It gives students a chance to get involved in the culture in a different way and it is very rewarding at the same time!

Internships
Many of Hartwick’s study abroad affiliates can arrange internship opportunities for students who study abroad on their programs. Why not do a part-time internship for a whole semester while taking classes, too? Students who work in another culture and language really take full advantage of the international experience. It can really open up doors later on.

Full-time internships overseas can also be arranged; however, because of immigration laws, it is not always possible to get paid. You can compete for one of Hartwick’s Emerson International Internship Scholarships to cover much of the cost.

Service learning
Doing community service in an international context can really open your eyes to different aspects of the culture. Students who volunteer have the chance to give something back to their host country and find the experiences very rewarding. Students can combine study with volunteer service or go during J Term or summer to work. Many of Hartwick’s affiliations can arrange for service learning opportunities while you study abroad. Other organizations dedicate themselves to placing college students in international volunteer situations.

Research
Students who are writing their thesis on an international topic really benefit from having access to libraries, museums and other resources in-country. In order to facilitate independent research, Hartwick College offers students the chance to compete for the Duffy Family Ambassador Fund Scholarships. There are other exciting opportunities overseas, such as working in a laboratory at a European university. International research is not only rewarding and interesting but it can open the doors to graduate school or employment at a multinational company.