The internship experience provides students an opportunity to combine their academic experience with the professional workplace.

Students will obtain an internship with an organization in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, elsewhere in the United States, or abroad. Work is completed in a field related to international studies, such as human rights, development, conflict resolution, or international law. Students augment an understanding of their chosen area with practical day-to-day skills, which ultimately makes them more valuable to future employers or further graduate study.

Their Experiences

Jules Sombaye, MA ´18Interning at World Affairs was my first professional experience in the US. The organization is an outstanding knowledge and networking platform for international issues. The opportunity to discuss American foreign policy with Samantha Power, former US ambassador at the UN, was priceless. I was lucky to hear advice from Duncan Green, the Oxfam Senior strategy adviser, on how to impact change through an organization.

I acquired some useful planning skills that have helped me manage the African Union Club at USF, an on-campus organization for which I am the president. The club aims to foster the debate African political issues at USF."


Daniela Bermudez, MA '16My internship with ProMexico, the Trade and Investment Commission in charge of maintaining and strengthening the relationship between Mexico and the United States, provided excellent opportunities for networking. I meet the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the General Consul of Mexico in San Francisco José Gemi Gonzalez, and the Mexican ambassador for UNESCO, as well as representatives from Google, LinkedIn, Sales Force, and others, all sharing a deep interest in Mexico’s development as a country and society and the importance between a strong relationship between both countries.

Recently the regional offices of ProMexico in Washington D.C. contacted me to be part of a research program in the Silicon Valley area investigating the underrepresentation of Mexican and Latino individuals in the tech-industry. Working side by side with the regional offices is a great opportunity to discover how Mexicans are portrayed in the United States, but most importantly how two great countries work together in similar industries."


I interned with Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, an organization that helps to promote awareness and provide education to the public about female genital mutilation.

I was given an amazing opportunity to design a social media campaign for the organization to raise awareness about female genital mutilation. I had to come up with a budget, slogan, branding, and a litany of other details in order to bring this campaign to life."


Contact Info

International Studies MA

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