The International Internships Program (formerly known as the International Bulldogs Program) is a Yale Undergraduate Career Services (UCS) sponsored program offering Yale students the opportunity to work internationally for nine weeks over the summer. Each location offers internships in a variety of career fields including the arts, politics, global health, technology, community advocacy, “think tanks,” finance, journalism, and law. There are both paid and unpaid internships, with some offering other perks such as free lunches or covering commute costs.
As part of the program, UCS coordinates optional housing for students in 16 international locations and works with local alumni who serve as mentors and in-country support to the students throughout their internship. See the list of the locations where coordinated housing is available and the 2013 program expenses. Internships are available in other international locations where housing is not coordinated by UCS. Students are responsible for all costs incurred associated with the program, including housing.
Students must notify UCS by April 1 if they want to live in coordinated housing. Students who do not notify UCS by April 1 will need to locate their own housing for the summer.
Talking to fellow students about their experiences in the International Internships Program may be a useful tool in deciding whether this is the right internship program for you. The Student Mentor List contains a list of current students who participated in the International Internships Program during a previous summer and have agreed to serve as student mentors.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help students gain a better understanding of the program. Contact Undergraduate Career Services at email@example.com with additional questions.
To apply you must first view the UCS Internship Program Tutorial. You must complete the entire tutorial to access the registration form. Positions are open to current Yale College students who will not graduate in May 2014.
Positions for the International Internships Program are posted in Yale UCS Symplicity. The postings for Summer 2014 will be viewable starting on December 13. Employers will continue to post positions throughout December and January, so students are encouraged to check often. For instructions on how to search for these opportunities, go to the “Announcement” section on Yale UCS Symplicity’s home page. For most positions, apply with a resume and cover letter. Some employers may have additional application requirements, such as the inclusion of writing samples. The application deadline for the majority of positions is February 3 at 9:30am. Students can apply to whichever positions they would seriously consider accepting. (There is no longer a 3 application limit.) Employers have until February 21 to interview students and make an offer.
For students who are on financial aid, their International Summer Award (ISA) can be used to cover program expenses. Students may also apply to various fellowships to cover these expenses. In order to learn more about the various funding options, please visit the Center for International and Professional Experience’s Fellowships page, which contains details on information sessions, funding options, and the Student Grants Database.
Due to the fact that students will be committing to their internship prior to finding out whether they have received a fellowship, students who accept positions must be able to cover the expenses independent of a fellowship award.
The work dates for all UCS-sponsored international internships are June 2 - August 1, except Jerusalem, Israel and Tel Aviv, Israel, which are June 1 - July 31, and unless otherwise stated by the employer.
Students are responsible for arranging their own air travel. See the Program Expenses for estimates of air travel. These are just estimates as students may be able to find cheaper flights on their own.
Pre-departure health expenses may include Yale Travel Clinic visits for vaccinations and medication.
UCS offers a group health insurance policy through HTH Worldwide as part of the International Internship Program. The health insurance costs are extremely reasonable and have been folded into the housing costs on the Program Expenses sheet. We understand that some students may have equivalent health insurance through their families or home country; therefore, students can opt-out of this policy. Prior to opting out, we strongly encourage students to thoroughly investigate their current insurance policy and the coverage it will offer while abroad.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals.
All international travelers must hold a valid passport. A visa may also be required. See FAQs for more details.