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.

International Service and InternshipsFull 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.


International Community Development Initative (ICDI)

Interested in interning or doing community-based research with an NGO? Appalachian State has developed partnerships with NGO's in southern India, South Africa, Latin America, and The 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.  


International Partnership for Service-Learning & Leadership

  • 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.  Students study at a local university and serve 15–20 hours per week in a school, orphanage, health clinic, or other agency addressing human needs. Through this experience 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 it would be appropriate for your major, then meet with International Programs to arrange the details of your international experience.