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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @ 12-1pm

Location: International Student Center Lounge

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The Scholarship:

The College of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the William R. Mundt Memorial Scholarship for International Internships. Students who are planning to, or are interested in, participating in a service-oriented internship outside the United States with a potential NGO, governmental aid agency, humanitarian organization, or social agency, but are unable to finance such a venture, are encouraged to apply to the Mundt Scholarship for International Internships in Peace & Security. Award amounts will be determined by the committee, though the intent is to cover nearly the full cost of an international internship for 6 awardees. Recipients must participate in a credit-bearing international internship of at least two months, which should address social welfare, health, educational, cultural or environmental problems, or social and economic inequalities. Applicants must locate and secure their own internships, which must be approved by the Office of International Programs upon scholarship acceptance. To learn more about how to locate and secure an international internship, please read through the following sections below

Fall Application Cycle: Application closed.

Spring Application Cycle: March 2020 (application available in Spring 2020)

For scholarship details, eligibility and to apply, click below:



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Locating an Internship Abroad:

For many students, the most daunting aspect of completing an internship abroad is locating and securing an internship. It can be difficult to locate and secure an internship stateside in your own community, let alone in another country. The process can be even more daunting to students who have never left the country. The good new is there are multiple ways to locate and secure internships abroad, including working with companies who can faciliate the entire process for you. 

Ways to locate an internship abroad:

Option 1) Conduct research on companies and organizations that operate abroad (in a country of your choice) and apply directly with the organization. Some students have been very successful with this option. Some companies and organizations will publish their openings direclty on their website, while smaller organizations may not have the capacity to do so or do not have an already set up internship program. If this is the case, you can try reaching out directly to the organization and submitting a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, make sure to mention that you are applying for funding at your university which, if received, would cover the costs associated with your international internship experience. 

Option 2) Speak with your professors who conduct research abroad. They may have contacts they can connect you with directly. Again, be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume that speaks to what you can offer that organization. Remember to do lots of research in advance so that you are knowledgeable about the company or organization. As with Option 1, make sure to inform the potential organization that you are applying for funding at your university that, if received, would cover the costs associated with your international internship experience.

Option 3) Utilize a third-party company, or "program provider", that will facilitate the entire process of locating and securing an international internship for you. This is the best option for students who do not already have contacts abroad, or who have not had luck reaching out to international organizations directly. Read below to learn more. 

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Using a program provider to locate and secure an international internship:

This is a great option for students who know they would like to complete an internship abroad, but would like help locating and securing an internship through a "program provider" company. SDSU works with several program providers companies that have already been pre-approved to offer international internship programs to SDSU students. Click on the various pre-approved program provider options to learn more about the program, eligbiliity requirements and application deadlines. Previous Mundt Alumni have participated in both traditional international internships as well as international service-learning and volunteer programs. 

IMPORTANT: The links below take you to the individual Aztecs Abroad brochure pages. Make sure to click on the provider homepage link to view the available internship placement options. Please note that you will need to gather specific information about the internship placement in order to properly complete the scholarship essay. Once you have decided which program you would like to apply to, we recommend reaching out to an Advisor at the program provider company to gather as much information about the placement option as possible. The more specific you are in your scholarship application essay, the better.


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Things to keep in mind as you search for internships:

  • Correct type of internship - Does your internship address social welfare, health, educational, cultural or environmental problems, or social and economic inequalities? In order to be eligible for the Mundt Scholarship, your internship must address one or more of these issues. Specifically, recipients must participate in a service-oriented internships outside the United States with an established organization such as an NGO, governmental aid agency, combined public/private aid/peace agency, humanitarian organization, or social agency
  • Language ability - Does your internship require a certain level of language skills and do you posess those language skills?
  • Length of internship - Internships must be a minimum of 8 weeks to be eligible for the Mundt Scholarship.
  • Internship timing - Will the internship take place during the window of the scholarship award? The scholarship application sites specifically when the internship must take place. Make sure the internships you're researching fall within this window.
  • Associated costs - Consider the associated costs of completing an internship in the specific location (or with the specific program provider) you are researching. You will need to prepare an itemized budget for your Mundt Scholarship application. 


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Hear from Mundt Alumni

Read below to learn how previous Mundt Scholarship recipients located and secured their international internship, what their experience was like, and what recommendations they have for students considering applying for the Mundt Scholarship for International Internships.

Meet Nancy

"My name is Nancy Nguyen. I am an honors student pursuing a Bachelors in Sociology,
under the College of Arts and Letters, and a minor in Public Administration under the College of
Professional Studies and Fine Arts. During Spring 2018, I had a life-changing experience
studying abroad in Uganda through the School for International Training Program."

How did you locate and secure your international internship?

"The School for International Training - my study abroad program [provider] - required me to either
conduct an internship or a research project as part of my experiential learning. Thus, I secured
my internship abroad through the tremendous guidance and support of my Academic Director in
Uganda. The most challenging part of this process was finding an internship position that would permit me to work in a refugee settlement, due to safety and accommodation concerns."

What recommendations do you have for students considering applying to the Mundt Scholarship?

"[A]pply apply apply! Regardless of the intimidation of the application process, cost associated with the internship, and/or anxiety of leaving your loved ones. Remember that there is a network of people on campus and in the community that will support you in making this experience a reality. In addition to Career Services and the Writing Center, there are Mundt scholars, SDSU professors, and SDSU faculty/staff that would be elated to connect with you on how to make your scholarship application stand out."

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What did you do for your internship?

"While abroad, I served as a Emergency Response and Humanitarian Aid Intern in a Ugandan refugee settlement for an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). I built temporary structures and distributed shelter kits and women’s sanitary items to the influx
of Congolese refugees, assisted with political persecution and domestic violence casework,
served hot meals through the United Nations World Food Program, and composed daily activity
reports to submit to the Office of Prime Minister and UNHCR."

Best highlight and biggest challenge of your internship experience?

"The highlight of my internship was the live-where-you-work environment that helped me cultivate strong bonds with the aid workers; we worked, lived, cooked, ate, cleaned, hand-washed clothes, shared stories, listened to music, and danced together. The most challenging part of my internship experience was the
emotional labor of interacting with new Congolese arrivals, many of whom were in a vulnerable
chapter of their life."

What do you think you gained from this experience?

"During my internship, I gained insight on how Africa fits in our international society, how international policy fits into positive global progression, how my identity as a Vietnamese-American fits into our collective humanity. I also gained skills in language, self-confidence, humility, and adaptability."

Meet Daniel

"My name is Daniel Krupa and I am a fourth year here at San Diego State University. I am majoring in Sustainability in the College of Arts and Letters. My internship was with the International Studies Abroad (ISA) Internships program and I studied abroad in Granada, Spain for two months over the 2018 summer."

How did you locate and secure your international internship?

"Back in January of 2018, I attended a study abroad info session in the Student Union which consisted of about three speakers talking about different programs/locations to pick from as well as strategies to help fund the experience abroad. I loved that ISA was able to count for not only my study abroad requirement, but also my internship requirement and 6 elective units for the journal entries, essays and other homework I completed on a weekly basis. The process from start to finish took about three months overall because there was a lot of paperwork I had to collect, fill out and submit for both SDSU and ISA. I found out about the program in January and by mid April almost all details and logistics for the trip were ready to go."

What recommendations do you have for students considering completing an internship abroad?

"My recommendation for people that are looking to complete an international internship is to start looking early since the planning can take months. Also, to not only look at the internship duties but the country as a whole to see if you are a right fit for that experience. Doing an international internship was something I wouldn't trade for the world and all the preparations for the trip were worth it. The amount of learning you will undergo in a new culture and location is irreplaceable."



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What did you do for your internship?

"I was part of a service learning program teaching Sustainability in summer schools across the city. I think the most rewarding part of my time abroad was taking the students on a tour of the historic part of the city called, El Albaicin. Teaching them about the history as well as the way of life regarding their water use, food sources and living arrangements, it was thrilling to see the interest and excitement on their faces."

What do you think you gained from this experience?

"[H]aving to teach in Spanish five days a week and live with a host family who did not speak English, allowed me to grasp the language and the norms of Spain quicker than learning them in a classroom. In addition to my language skills improving, I believe some of the other skills I gained included a better understanding on how to teach, problem solving skills, adjusting to new/changing environments and an increase in self management/self accountability."



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