Available Career Fields: Archelogy, History, and Museum Studies; Art, Design, Fashion; Biological, Chemical, Physical Sciences; Business; Journalism, Communications & Media; Computer Science, Math, Statistics; Creative Writing, Publishing; Education, Engineering; Environmental Studies, Sustainability; Film, Music, and Performing Arts; Health; International Relations, Political Sciences, Law; Human rights; Sports & Exercise Sciences.
The Education Abroad Office cannot approve credit for your internship, however we will facilitate the course equivalency process explained below.
To find out if this internship program is appropriate for you, and if it fits into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser.
- Research how many work hours your are required to work to be able to gain academic credit in your department.
- Meet with your academic adviser or departmental internship adviser to discuss the potential internship course abroad to meet your degree requirements,
- Keep in mind that for some majors international internships are really hard to incorporate into your academic progress due to the registration timeline, the number of hours of work you can fulfill, and specific work requirements you need to engage with to be able to get internship approval.
Before applying and committing, please talk with the Education Abroad International Internships Adviser and your academic adviser or departmental internship adviser to understand the academic requirements you need to fulfill.
To register for the internship courses on this program or gain internship credits, you will work with IES Abroad adviser, and with the Education Abroad international internships adviser
on the process of transferring credits.
- You must enroll in 3 credits
- You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
- You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
- If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation
Course Equivalency Process
In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. The same policy applies to internship credits. Please visit the Academics section of the Penn State Global website for information on the course equivalency process.
Because each internship placement is unique, all international internships require an individual course equivalency request. In order to provide a detailed description of your experience, your course equivalency request must include the follow components, formatted into single document (doc./docx./PDF only):
• Syllabus of your internship seminar
• A detailed summary of the work you did on the internship
• Internship location
• Number of hours worked
• Language in which the majority of the work was completed
• Special tasks and projects.
The academic portion of the abroad internship often requires a final paper that covers the required information. It is acceptable to submit this final paper as the summary for the course equivalency request if the required information is included in the paper.
Grade and Credit Conversion Scale
Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
Grade Conversion Scale
|Host Institution Grade
||Penn State Grade