Summer Internships

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The University of Minnesota Global Leadership Program invites students to participate in an internship program in New York City, San Francisco, or Minneapolis. The program carefully evaluates each student and will match professional practice internships based on skills, interests and professional goals.

Leadership Minor students participating in the program with simultaneously complete an intercultural leadership course designed to provide students with the tools to successfully navigate their internships. Participation in the program fulfills the Leadership Minor Core Course: Field Experience requirement.

Internship opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Business and Finance
  • Arts, History, and Culture
  • Education, Healthcare, and Social Issues
  • Politics, Law, and NGOs

*Financial awards are available to Leadership Minor students participating in this internship program

Central Park New York SkylineInterns live in student residence halls on the New York University (NYU) campus and are provided with many cultural exploration and professional development opportunities to explore the city and region.

san franciscoExperience the dynamic interplay of vibrant financial and cultural hub in the midst of a laid-back west coast lifestyle in the Bay area during this 6-week internships in San Francisco. Explore the diversity of the area: from world-class museums and concert halls to the Fisherman’s Wharf.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply as a freshman or sophomore?

For this program employers prefer juniors or seniors, so priority will be given to those students. With the desire for juniors and seniors in internships, freshman are dissuaded from applying and sophomores may apply if they have completed their sophomore year upon the start of the summer.

Are the internships paid?

Going into this program it is important to assume that the internship will not be paid, but all students will receive 3-credits upon course completion.

Is a placement guaranteed?

Every student who is accepted will be provided a placement.  However, it is important you remain open and flexible for options in your area of interest.

When will I know my placement?

It varies. The time frame for internship placement varies. Some students know within a few weeks prior to departure, some the week before, and for some the placement might be finalized within the first few days. Every student enrolled in the internship program will receive a placement.

Do I have to be in the Leadership Minor to apply?

The internship program is open to all students to apply, but priority will be given to Leadership Minor students using this course to fulfill the Field Experience requirement.

How many openings are there for each site and are their priorities for the selection process?

Each internship site has 16 openings each summer. Of the 16 openings, 8 seats are reserved for domestic UMN students and 8 seats are reserved for international students currently studying at the UMN. Priority is given to Leadership Minor students using this course to fulfill the Field Experience requirement.

When is the deadline for applying and is there an application fee?

The priority deadline is October 31, 2016. Applications will continue to be accepted until seats are filled, through January 29, 2017. There is a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee that will be applied to your program costs. This application fee will be presented during the second component of the application process.

Can I apply to both cities?

Applicants must select their preferred city when applying.  If your preferred site fills and there are openings for the other site, we will contact you to see if you are interested in changing locations.

Is financial support available?

Yes, there is a variety of financial support available through multiple outlets at the University. if you are in the Leadership Minor and will be taking this course as the Field Experience, you can apply for a $1200 financial award.

If you are not a Leadership Minor student, some colleges offer scholarships for unpaid internships. Contact your collegiate Career Services Office for more information:

How does the internship placement process work?

Our on-site city partner will come to the UMN campus in January or February to conduct informational interviews with participants to learn about their areas of interest. The on-site staff assist with scheduling interviews, which will occur by phone, skype, facetime, or other technical avenues.

If I am an international student, do I need to apply for work authorization?

Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is recommended. The process for authorization takes approximately 10 days and there is no cost. View the CPT video and web page to learn more at

If I am nervous about my English language skills, will these internships be a good fit for me?

Our partners, the Academic Internship Council, work with students from around the world on a daily basis. The Council works with students who speak multiple languages and are used to global accents. International students accepted into the program in the past have been extremely successful in their internship site.

What is the housing situation?

At the New York City site, students reside in NYU student housing with kitchen facilities. Kitchens are not stocked and students need to provide bedding.
At the San Francisco site, students reside at the YMCA Hotel (residence hall) in Berkeley. Bedding is provided and there is a common kitchen and gathering area.

Is it possible to hold another job in addition to the internship?

As the internship is full-time, participants are not able to hold another job in addition to the internship.

If I have family in the area, can I stay with them?

Being a cohort-model course and that our on-site partner is responsible for health and safety, participants of the program cannot stay with their family in the area.

What is the program fee and what does it cover?

The approximate* cost is $6225 and it covers:

$4,500 to Academic Internship Council for:

  • Internship placement process
  • Orientation and program support
  • Housing
  • Cultural activities
  • $1,240 3-credit tuition
  • $425 airfare
  • $55 airport/housing transfer

*The fee will be finalized at the time of registration. It does not cover food or public transportation.