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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

Each academic year International Student and Scholar Services provides internship positions for two University of Minnesota graduate students who aspire to be international student advisers.  After internship completion, participants have obtained employment as international student advisers with universities, English language programs, and nonprofit organizations.  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

ISSS offers a practicum for graduate students in counseling and student personnel psychology fields. Practicum students receive extensive training on cross-cultural and academic counseling and on F-1 visa regulations.  Practicum students provide academic counseling to international students, which often includes personal, family, financial, and career issues as well. They also co-lead a cross cultural discussion group each semester. The practicum begins in the fall semester. See more information about the counseling practicum.