Some HLS students find that internships evolve naturally from the ties they make through their research or out in the community. There are plenty of other ways to land an internship, too. Staff at the Walter Center for Career Achievement can help you explore the possibilities and coach you through the application and interview process.

All HLS students should report their internship via the Internship Declaration Form. This form is used to record and track the internship experiences of HLS students and help other HLS students connect with potential internship sites.

Internship Course

At the Hamilton Lugar School, you may enroll in a course to receive academic credit for your internship (paid or unpaid). This credit may apply to your degree requirements.

You are not required to enroll for credit, although, some employers may require that you enroll in a course. Students who need more course credits also may wish to inquire about earning this type of credit.

You earn the credit by enrolling in:

  • SGIS X373, Internship in Global and International Studies (1-3 credits). This course provides academic structure to undergraduate students who wish to engage in a work experience through participation in internships domestically or internationally. Students are expected to write weekly journals, conduct two interviews of colleagues at their internship, and write a Final Reflection Paper summarizing what they’ve learned in their internship.

Students must request permission to enroll in SGIS-X 373. Please fill out the SGIS-X 373 Enrollment Request Form to receive permission. This form will be used by the SGIS-X 373 instructor to confirm intent to enroll. The instructor will request enrollment on behalf of students, and students do not need to enroll themselves in the course.

Have questions about how to report your internship to HLS or get credit for your experience? Contact an HLS Academic Advisor. You may set up an appointment through the Student Appointment Scheduler.

Priority Deadlines:

  • Spring semester: Feb. 1
  • Summer: June 1
  • Fall semester: Oct. 1

Documentation required after completion of internship:

Internship Funding

HLS students who would like to complete internships may qualify for funding through the Dean’s Scholarship. Questions can be directed to

Students completing an internship that focuses on international development may qualify for the Tobias Center Scholarship for Internships in International Development