The Klemm Fellow International Internship Program is a highly selective program which places Union students in a foreign country where they work as an intern in a local organization and stay with a local host family. Projects Abroad
is Union’s partner organization and arranges the internships and host families for Union. Students should go to their website to familiarize themselves with the organization and to find a country and internship of interest. All program costs are covered by the Klemm Fellow International Internship Program, except for incidentals and informal weekend excursions. Click here to learn more about the program and Projects Abroad.
Course of Study
The Klemm Fellow International Internship Program is a non-credit bearing program. The primary activity consists of an unpaid internship in a local organization, which usually runs during typical working hours, Monday through Friday. Students should browse the Projects Abroad website to find a project of interest and an internship that is appropriate to their interests and experience. Some internships may require a degree of language competency, especially in Spanish and French-speaking countries and in more professionally-oriented internships, such as in journalism, law and medicine. Other positions, such as teaching English and sports, are less language intensive. Some Projects Abroad programs require previous experience a longer time commitment than 3 weeks. Please check with Projects Abroad if you are unsure whether or not your project of choice has these requirements. If choose to do a project for the The Klemm Fellow International Internship Program that requires previous experience or a longer time commitment than 3 weeks, you must contact the International Programs Office before applying for the fellowship.
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A GPA of 3.2 is required. An application, including a thoughtful essay, will be an important part of the selection process.
In most projects, students will stay with a host family, with the partial exception of Conservation projects. Please see the specific project webpages.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- April: Application deadline is the third Friday of spring term.
- May: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- Fall term: Pre-departure seminars
- Sunday, November 26: Students depart for the program
- Saturday, December 16: Students arrive in home country (i.e. the program, including travel to and from the host country, should be 21 days total)