International Civic Engagement & Internships
ACT’s Program has multiple options from which you can choose—from one week to one year, with a group or on your own, and everything in between.
International Alternative Service Experience (iASE) Courses: ACT sponsors several International Alternative Service Experience courses each year which travel over winter and spring break. These week-long programs include course credit, as you'll be spending time before the program learning about the culture you will be encountering.
Full Semester, Year-Long, & Summer Internships & Courses
If you are intersested in longer term, credit-bearing international service-learning courses, community-based research opportunities, or service-based internships, you have multiple options through ASU’s International Community Development Iniative and the International Partnership for Service-Learning & Leadership.
Interested in interning or doing community-based research with an NGO ? Appalachian State has developed partnerships with NGO's in southern India, South Africa, and Latin America & Caribbean. These partnerships allow opportunities for both service-based internships and community-based research. Depending on your major, availability, class level, career goals, research interests, etc. we can find a placement to suit you. Click here for an article about this program.
- IPSL provides students with longer term international service-learning opportunities.
- Students can study-serve in Ecuador, Mexico, Jamaica, the Lakota Nation (US), Italy, India, and Thailand. Since 1982, more than 3,000 students from over 400 American and foreign universities have participated in IPS-L programs. By studying at a local university and serving 15–20 hours per week in a school, orphanage, health clinic or other agency addressing human needs, students find their knowledge of the host culture—and of themselves—take on greater depth and meaning.
- In cooperation with Portland State University, IPS-L also administers an 18-month Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Focus in International Service-Learning & Leadership (MAIS) program integrates rigorous academic study with substantive volunteer service in two nations, giving students opportunities to test theoretical knowledge through hands-on, practical experience in different cultures.
- If you are interested in IPSL, please see your Academic Advisor to make sure such a course of study is appropriate for your major, then meet with International Programs to arrange the details of your international experience.