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Graduate Student
Internships & Practicum



Graduate Student Internships & Practicum

ISSS organizes several internships and a counseling practicum for UMN graduate students interested in working with international students. ISSS internships vary in length from six weeks in July-early September to nine months during the Fall and Spring Semesters. Only the Immigration Check-In internship is paid, while the Career Services and F-1 Student Advising internships and the Counseling Practicum are unpaid.

Students may apply to participate in any or all of the internships. Applicants for the F-1 Student Advising internship should have a strong interest in becoming an international student adviser upon degree completion.

Below is a short description of each position, and more information can be found in the internship and practicum descriptions.

F-1 Student Advising Internship

Graduate students interested in becoming international student advisers can gain practical, hands-on experience with student advising by completing the F-1 Student Advising internship.  Past participants have found jobs as international student advisers with universities, English language programs, and not-for-profit organizations after completing this internship. F-1 Student Advising Interns can also choose to do Career Support Advising for international students. More information is available in the internship description.

Immigration Check-In Internship

This position assists the Immigration Check-in coordinator with the preparation, implementation, and processing of paperwork for the ISSS Immigration Check-in (IMCI) program. All newly arriving international students are required to attend IMCI to have their visa/immigration documents checked by ISSS, to ensure they are in legal status to begin classes. Immigration Check-in also includes a brief orientation/information session. More information is available in the internship description.

ISSS Counseling Practicum (not currently accepting applications)

ISSS offers a practicum for graduate students in counseling or psychology field. Practicum students receive extensive training on F-1 visa regulations and gain experience counseling international students. The practicum begins in the fall semester. See more information about the counseling practicum.