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.
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Summer 1: The Academic Phase
(May 20 - June 27, 2014)
You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in international studies.
- CAS EC 320 Economics of Less-Developed Regions
- CAS EC 391 International Economics I
- CAS IR 271 Introduction to International Relations
- CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice
- CAS IR 349 History of International Relations, 1900-1945
- CAS IR 352 International Human Rights
- CAS IR 441 Immigration and Development in Asia
- CAS IR 521 Congress and National Security
- CAS PS 372 Psychological Perspectives on War and Peace
- MET MG 431 International Marketing
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, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, or any of the African languages that are being offered.
Summer 2: The Internship Phase
(July 7 - August 15, 2014)
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.
- 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 23 - August 15, 2014)
The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two 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.
Meet an International Studies Student
Student: Will Campo
Courses: History of American Foreign Policy; Topics in International Relations - Iran: Anatomy of a Crisis
Internship Site: Institute of Foreign Policy Analysis
On the job: My internship was very interesting. I was in charge of researching a number of issues, all essentially dealing with potential conflict and territorial disputes in Central, East, and Southeast Asia. I gained insight into research techniques, especially in weeding out unreliable sources. The aspect of the internship I enjoyed the most was the people with whom I worked. They were very welcoming, supportive, and fun from my first day at the job.
Perspectives: I gained valuable experience working in an office environment for the first time. I learned to manage my time well and meet deadlines. The combination of interesting classes and a rewarding and educational internship is a unique experience well worth the work.