Summer internships provide students with invaluable experience working with agencies and organizations related to their academic interests or professional aspirations. Many companies that offer such internships, particularly those in the fields of finance and media outlets, require that interns receive academic credit for this experience. Brown does not grant academic credit for summer internships, but students can arrange a credit-bearing independent study with a Brown professor in which they analyze the internship experience. Students must arrange the independent study prior to the internship experiences, and the independent study must be carried out in the fall semester following the summer internship. Students studying at Brown on international visas should visit the Office of International Scholars and Student Services to obtain information about and procedures for arranging internships that do not violate their visa status.
Funding for Summer Internships
Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies funds a number of fellowships that support international summer internships. The Richard Smoke Summer Fellowships support undergraduates pursuing internships abroad that relate to contemporary global problems. The Jack Ringer Fellowship supports internships or research in Southeast Asia. The Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship supports an undergraduate whose summer research or internship relates directly to international human rights, post-conflict rehabilitation, or international public service.The application period for Summer 2011 Watson Institute Fellowships closes on Friday, March 11 at 5 pm (EST). For complete guidelines and application information, visit http://www.watsoninstitute.org/fellowships/. The Swearer Center International Service Fellowship, funded by the Swearer Center for Public Service, is a full-time, summer fellowship for current sophomore, junior and senior students who want to spend the summer pursuing international service work. The work can be of the student's own design or can be a pre-existing internship.The application period for Summer 2011 Swearer Center International Service Fellowships closes on Friday, March 11 at 5 pm (EST). For complete guidelines and application information, visit http://www.watsoninstitute.org/fellowships/.