"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes." Marcel Proust

Several opportunities exist for students to use their language skills by participating in an internship program either with a company or organization with international interests in the United States, or with a company or organization abroad. Recent examples include:

  • The Junior Fellows Summer Internship program at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. provides paid internships to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study (including foreign languages!) at an accredited institution of higher learning at the undergraduate level (college, university, or tribal college), or graduate level. See the program website for complete information and deadline.
  • Nursing students proficient in German may apply for internships at Ernst-von-Bergmann Klinik, the main hospital in Potsdam, Germany, the sister city of Sioux Falls.
  • Houghton Mifflin Company's College Division offers a limited number of summer internship positions in several of its departments: Editorial, Marketing and Advertising, Art and Design, Production, Rights and Permissions, Custom Publishing, and Software Development. Editorial interns work in specific discipline areas (e.g., Modern Languages). For more information, visit the Company's Internship Web page.
  • The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program in Paris, France, provides U.S. undergraduates with the rare opportunity to conduct summer research at the Institut Pasteur. The foundation’s goal is to encourage students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience. Some knowledge of French not required, but strongly recommended. For complete details, dates, and an application, visit the Foundation's website or contact Dr. Fish.
  • A limited number of summer internships are available at the Alliance Française in Minneapolis. Internships last 14/18 weeks and there are typically four or five different positions available, ranging from event planning to product development. Knowledge of French is preferred but not required to apply. For complete information and an application, visit the AFMSP website.

Requirements and Forms

The University maintains a webpage that lists all of the requirements and necessary forms for students interested in pursuing an internship. A separate page provides a list of additional internships.  For additional information, visit the Internship Program webpage.