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 you a global perspective, with courses in economics, international relations, political science, and international management, and with internships that have an international dimension.
Summer 1: The Academic Phase
You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in international studies.
The 2019 Summer Study Internship Program course options will be available on January 15, 2019. The courses listed below were offered during Summer 2018.
- CAS EC 392 International Economics II: Problems and Policy
- CAS HI 332 History of International Relations, 1900-1945
- CAS IR 271 Introduction to International Relations
- CAS IR 501 Conflict and Cooperation in Asia
- CAS IR 511 The Middle East Today
- CAS XL 315 Film and Identity in the Islamic World
- CAS IR 275 The Making of Asia
- CAS IR 330 Diplomatic Practice
- SAR HS 325 Introduction to Global Environmental Public Health
Note: A foreign language course may be taken as one of the two courses on the International Studies track. Students may pick from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Spanish.
Summer 2: The Internship Phase
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 sites in past years have included international development and international non-governmental organizations, 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
The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides 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 for Foreign Policy Analysis
On the job: I was in charge of researching a number of issues, all essentially dealing with potential conflict and territorial disputes in Central, East, and Southern Asia. I gained insight into research techniques, especially in weeding out unreliable sources. The people I worked with were very welcoming, supportive, and fun from my first day on the job.
Perspectives: My time at BU was great. From the classes I took to the people I met, the whole experience was incredibly rewarding. I learned to manage my time well and meet deadlines. The combination of interesting classes and a valuable and educational internship is a unique experience well worth the work.