Graduate Student Internships and Counseling 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 F-1 Student Adviser Internship and the Counseling Practicum are unpaid.

Students may apply to participate in any or all of the following options.

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ISSS Academic Counseling Practicum Internship

The ISSS Academic Counseling Practicum Interns provide academic counseling to international students often experiencing challenges and academic difficulty. ISSS Academic Counselors use counseling skills and a holistic approach which often includes supporting students through personal, cultural adjustment, medical/mental health, family, financial, and career concerns. .The practicum students also co-lead a Cross-Cultural Discussion Group each semester, and they can participate in other opportunities such as F-1 visa advising and other student programs, based on availability and interest. Practicum students receive training on cross-cultural & academic counseling and on F-1 visa regulations. The practicum begins in the fall semester. Please review the ISSS Academic Counseling Practicum Internship Information Sheet for more information about the position and how to apply.

F-1 Student Adviser Internship

Each academic year, ISSS provides internship positions to two UMN graduate students who aspire to be international education professionals. This internship specifically teaches the skills and knowledge needed to be an F-1 student adviser, but it also provides an opportunity to learn more about the field of international education, in general, by working in an international education environment and being exposed to a variety of ways that ISSS supports international students.

Prospective interns must be enrolled in a UMN graduate or professional program for the duration of the 9-month internship. During the internship, students are typically in the second year of a master’s degree program. Applicants must have a strong interest in becoming an international education professional upon degree completion.

The internship is unpaid. ISSS does not guarantee that interns will obtain jobs after graduation, but many participants have later obtained employment as international student advisers with universities, English language programs, and not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. and other countries.

ISSS Check-In and Welcome Session Internships

The ISSS Check-in Welcome Session Interns assist with coordinating ISSS's required in-person session all new international students. ISSS uses this opportunity to present important information while developing a connection between the students and the ISSS office.

  • ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session Program Assistant Intern
  • ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session Intern