Where will next semester take you?


The Hinckley Institute runs one of the most comprehensive and prestigious global internship programs at the University of Utah.

Global internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines in more than 50 countries. 

Scholarships and financial aid are available for all semesters. 

The goal of the global internship program is to provide students with full-time, global work, cultural immersion, and career development opportunities. The Hinckley Institute sends students to various nonprofits, businesses, governments, think tanks, and NGOs across the globe. We can also help students set up their own global internships. 

*Due to the competitive nature of the global internship program, there is a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0; however, exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Please send appeals to hinckleyglobalinternship@utah.edu*

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020

Final Deadline: May 30, 2019

Summer 2020

Final Deadline: September 15, 2019

Note: This is a preliminary application. Once you complete this you will meet with Global Internship Director Jean Oh to continue the placement process.

* Please note that you may only apply to one program (global, DC, or local) per semester. Please meet with us if you need help choosing which program is best for you.

What Does a Global Internship Look Like?

Check out these highlights from former global Hinckley intern, Alexis, who gained invaluable experience in New Delhi, India.

Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming an Intern

first, you will need to apply to the Hinckley Institute’s Global intern cohort. the “apply now” button will direct you to start an application. You will need to:

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Update your resumé and write a cover letter with why you want to be an intern.
Ask for 2 letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors.
Order an official transcript from the University Registrar.

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Research three host offices that you’re interested in.
View Global host office list.
View all intern offices sorted by discipline.

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Interview with the Hinckley Institute.
There’s no need to be nervous, but it will be a professional interview.

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Research scholarship and loan opportunities.
You might be surprised by how much financial aid is available.

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Meet with your academic advisor and determine how your internship credit should be applied. You’ll need to register for at least 3 credit hours.

After you apply to the Global intern Cohort, you will be set up with host office interviews and will need to complete the following:

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Update cover letters to address potential host offices.
Career Services is a helpful resource.

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Accept interview requests and prepare for them.
Make sure to respond to any requests within 24 hours.

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Complete interviews with host offices.
Most of these will be conducted remotely via phone or video call.

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Update and check-in with Jean Oh on your placement process.

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Apply for Scholarships. There are lots of resources to help you go global, view our Costs and Funding page.

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Obtain medical clearance for travel.
This form is provided after you’ve been placed and can be completed at the Student Health Center.

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Update your passport and obtain visa (if relevant).

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Research and book travel, and housing.
The Global Resources page is a good place to start.

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Register for HNKLY credit hours.

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Attend intern orientation at the Hinckley Institute.

Common Questions

How competitive are global internships?

Priority is given to students who have global and/or internship experience; a competitive GPA; and/or who demonstrate independence, maturity, and responsibility.

When are global internships offered?

During all semesters.

How many credit hours can global interns earn?

Students must register for a minimum of 3 credit hours and maximum of 12.

Does the Hinckley Institute provide housing for global interns?

Students are primarily responsible for finding their own housing (the intern host office may assist with this process).

What else do I need to intern abroad?

Students must obtain a passport and visa to travel. Please visit the Global Resources page for more info.


The Hinckley Institute offers many funding opportunities to help global internships be financially viable. Students should understand the costs associated with an international internship and budget accordingly. We recommend that students access this Global Internship Calculator to help develop a realistic budget. Students should check the particular countries currency exchange rate to get a realistic view of expenses.

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • University Scholarship Search

  • Gilman International Scholarship

    • The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

  • John & Anne Hinckley

    • A $2,500 scholarship for sophomore and junior students at the University of Utah whose academic and community pursuits promote active citizenship and public service.

    • Academic-based scholarship.

  • Matheson Leadership

    • Two $4,500 scholarships for students who exhibit outstanding leadership potential.

    • Academic-based scholarship

  • Fast Web

    • Fast Web is an online resource for paying and preparing for college. Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge.

Grant Opportunities:

Loan Opportunities:

  • Bill Rishel Loan

    • Low-interest loan program offered for matriculated University of Utah students through the Hinckley Institute.


    • UHEAA’s mission includes comprehensive outreach and information to assist Utah residents in planning for and financing postsecondary education, and special programs to keep student loans affordable and help borrowers avoid delinquencies and defaults.

A Hinckley Global Internship is different than a traditional learning abroad experience because the program is designed to provide students with a practical, full-time working experience in another country. The program expects interns to be independent and mature enough to navigate their own logistics, although the Hinckley Institute is always here to help or offer advice. Below are important things to take into consideration:

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We highly encourage students to wait until their placement is official before booking a ticket.

Be sure to shop around for best prices for your airfare, some websites offer discounted student tickets. 

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Passports and Visas


All global interns are required to have a current passport and upload a copy of it to the class Canvas page.

  • If you do not have a passport, make sure you apply for one well before your internship, especially if you will need to send your passport to a consulate for a visa. Average processing times are as follows (fees vary):

    • Routine: 4-6 Weeks

    • Expedited: 3 Weeks

    • Expedited at Agency: 8 Days

  • If you already have a passport, make sure it does not expire 6 months before or 6 months after your internship. If it does, you will need to renew your passport. For questions or concerns, email Global@Hinckley.utah.edu


Consult with the State Department website and your host office to determine if you need a visa. Processing times may vary.

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Global interns are responsible for securing their own housing abroad. Housing amenities vary by country and program. The Hinckley Institute can connect you to previous interns for advice on housing abroad.

A recommended approach is to first secure an airbnb for a week, and then acclimate to the area and find local housing opportunities.

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Make sure to consult with your physician and or the University of Utah’s travel clinic visit the CDC website to see what vaccinations you should receive prior to your departure. 

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Travel Clinics

Both the Salt Lake County Health Department's international travel clinic and University of Utah's travel clinic provide immunizations, travel medications, and country-specific consultations about staying safe and healthy while living abroad. 

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The University of Utah requires all students traveling abroad to have travel and health insurance through CISI. This plan costs roughly $40/month and covers travel, health, and evacuation in case of natural disaster or political unrest. 

  • Interns going through the UK’s visa processing agency, BUNAC will not need to purchase CISI insurance. They will purchase insurance through BUNAC.

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Tuition and Fees

Students will be registered for a minimum of 3 credit hours and a maximum of 12 either HNKLY 4903 (undergraduate) or HNKLY 6923 (graduate).


In partnership with the University of Utah’s Learning Abroad office, Global intern tuition is $45 per credit hour.


There is a $500 application fee.

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Remember to budget for any expenses you may have at home during your time abroad like car payments, loan payments, rent, etc. You can also consult the Global Internship Cost Calculator.

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The cost of living and type of currency varies country by country. Look at a currency converter to view the strength of the U.S. dollar abroad. 

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State Department

We encourage all interns to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program through the U.S. State Department. Students will receive travel alerts and warnings when they enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This also allows the U.S. Embassy to contact the student in an emergency.

Academic Requirements

Global interns must complete five assignments during their internship, submit weekly check-ins, and write a policy paper at the culmination of their internship.

The skills I gained while interning with the U.S. Mission to NATO are certainly coming in handy during my first year of law school. Thanks to the Hinckley Institute, I am a step above my classmates.
— Cody Rogers: Brussels, Belgium

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I’ve come away from my Hinckley Institute with the U.S. Embassy with confidence in my Mandarin, enthusiasm for future partnerships between the U.S. and China, as well as a better understanding of the importance of coexistent culture.
— Meredith Andolsek: Beijing, China

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My Hinckley Institute internship with he Norma Love Foundation was deeply satisfying because I was able to work and grow to love a people so distinct from myself.
— Jason Fry: Morocon, Honduras

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I still sit in awe when I think back to my internship with the Institute of Diplomacy. It changed not only my perspective of the world, but also my ultimate career.
— Sadaf Baghbani: Amman, Jordan

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If there’s one thing I learned from interning with the Cambodian Aids Authority, it’s that the world starts where your comfort zone ends and my world became much bigger because of it.
— Steve Dien: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Interning at Grupo Estrategia Politica, the top lobbying firm in Mexico City provided me a unique set of experience that will add a rare and competitive edge in both my collegiate experience and future career.
— Paul Salazar: Mexico City, Mexico

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The Hinckley Institute provides enormous opportunities. My internship with the E.U. Parliament is part of my education that will last for the rest of my life.
— Eduardo Reyes-Chavez: Brussels, Belgium

As a graduate student in public administration, I have gained valuable administrative experience from my internship with MAITRI.
— Katie Naylor: New Delhi, India

My internship with Ascend Alliance has helped me discover for myself what it is I really feel passionate about, and what it is I really feel I can change for the better.
— Thomas Smith: Janac, Peru

My internship with the U.S. State Department was the highlight of my college experience can honestly say it changed my life forever.
— Shelisa Naoles: Madrid, Spain