International Studies Track
Once the major hub of colonial trade, Boston continues to thrive today as a center for international commerce and services, and as a gateway city for immigrants from around the world.
The International Studies track is designed to give students a global perspective, with courses in economics, international relations, political science, and international management, and with internships that have an international dimension.
Intern, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis
Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 21 - June 28, 2013)
You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from the following offerings in international studies.
- CAS AN 348 Contemporary Globalization: An Anthropological Perspective
- CAS EC 320 Economics of Less-Developed Regions
- CAS EC 391 International Economics I
- CAS HI 289 History of International Relations, 1900-45
- CAS HI 369 Introduction to Modern Japanese History
- CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice
- CAS IR 369 Southeast Asia in World Politics
- CAS IR 376 History of American Foreign Policy
- CAS IR 500 Topics in International Relations
- CAS PO 271 Introduction to International Relations
- CAS PS 372 Psychological Perspectives on War and Peace
- MET MG 431 International Marketing
- MET MG 520 International Business Management
Note: A modern foreign language course may be taken as one of the two courses in the International Studies track. Students may pick from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, or any of the African languages that are being offered.
Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 8 - August 16, 2013)
For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.
International Studies Internship Opportunities
Internship placement opportunities are available at international non-governmental organizations; international development; state and federal agencies; foreign policy think tanks; commercial import/export firms; and cultural exchange and education institutions.
- Guaranteed internship placement for 35 hours a week
- Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience
- All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
- Visit our Placement Process page for additional information
Summer Study Internship Course
(May 24 - August 16, 2013)
The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Fridays throughout Summer 1 and on three evenings in Summer 2. The primary emphasis of this course is to explore links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and to provide support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.
Student: Alyssa Palmquist
Career Track: International Studies Track
Courses: History of American Foreign Relations Since 1898, International Management
Internship Site: Partners Harvard Medical International
On the job: This internship experience taught me that it is possible to meld my interests in health care and international relations. I had never really considered consulting in international health care as a career field, because it seemed so specific; but now I realize that it actually fits perfectly with my goals. I am excited to see what opportunities may be out there. It really helped that the BU program offered on-going, individualized guidance and input even after our internships began.
Perspectives: Overall, I think that my career focus sharpened, and that will be extremely useful to me going forward. I really learned a lot about myself in this process. I also loved spending the summer in Boston and experiencing all that the city had to offer.