Where will next semester take you?


The Hinckley Institute runs the University of Utah’s Global Internship Program for all U of U students. The program has grown into what is considered in U.S. academia as one of the most comprehensive and prestigious international internship programs.

Global internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines in more than 50 countries. Academic credit and funding are available for fall, spring, and summer semesters. The Hinckley Institute’s globally-recognized internship program has provided more than 6,000 students with transformative experiences since its establishment in 1965. 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 also offer academic credit and funding support to students who 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 jean.oh@hinckley.utah.edu*

Application Deadlines


Summer 2019

Final Deadline: January 15, 2019

Fall 2019

Final Deadline: March 15, 2019

* 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.

Global Internship Host Offices

Click on each marker to view host office information. 

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.

Common Questions

How competitive are global internships?

The Hinckley Institute of Politics gives priority to undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines who have prior global and internship experience; a competitive GPA; have taken the Forum Series Course (HNKLY 3910); and/or who demonstrate independence, maturity, and responsibility.

When are global internships offered?

Global internships are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

How many credit hours can global interns secure?

Students can secure up to 12 credit hours.

Do you have to register for credit?

Students must register for HNKLY credit and can additionally arrange credit with their respective department during the semester of their internship (students may intern one semester after graduation, but they must still register for credit).

Why is there a $300 course fee?

Unlike the vast majority of internship programs, the Hinckley Institute secures host office placement for students. This is a lengthy and intensive process requiring our program managers to strengthen your application, "pitch" your strengths to various organizations, as well as arrange prospective interviews on your behalf. The fee also goes towards intern business cards, the food provided at the internship orientation, mid-semester meetings, and post-internship training.

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.



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:

  • Student Fee Learning Abroad Scholarship  
    • Every matriculated University of Utah student is eligible. Selection of scholarship recipients is a random, lottery-based procedure and each student has an equal chance of receiving the scholarship.
  • 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:

  • Go Fund Me  
    • A crowd funding site where social media contacts can fund your cause. The site takes 8% of all donations made.

Loan Opportunities:

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

Doing a Hinckley Global Internship is different than a traditional learning abroad experience. The Hinckley Global Internship program is designed to provide students with a practical, full-time working experience in another country. Accordingly, students must be mature, independent, and globally aware. Global interns are expected to arrange their own logistics as listed below. The Hinckley Institute will provide some country-specific resources and contacts for former interns, but the logistic arrangements are ultimately up to the students. The program is strategically designed so as to provide a real global learning experience. 


Purchasing a plane ticket can be tricky for global interns. While purchasing your ticket far in advance may yield a lower airfare, we highly encourage students to wait until their placement is official before booking a ticket. Additionally, make sure that you will have your passport and visa before your departure date. 

Be sure to shop around for best prices for your airfare. Some websites offer discounted student tickets, price comparisons, or other amenities. Make sure you shop around to compare prices, fees, and luggage charges.  

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 will not expire before or during your internship or time abroad following your internship. If it does, you will need to renew your passport


Some interns will need visas depending on the country and duration of their internship. Processing times for visas vary by country and type, so it is critical that you are proactive in this process. Make sure to consult with the State Department website and your host office to determine whether or not you will need a visa, and if so, what type. 


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


Some countries will require additional vaccines that interns must receive prior to departure. Make sure to consult with your physician and visit the CDC website to see what vaccinations you should receive prior to your departure. 

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. 


The University of Utah requires all students traveling abroad to have travel and health insurance through CISI. This plan costs roughly $35/month and covers travel, health, evacuation in case of natural disaster or political unrest, and repatriation of remains. 

  • Interns in the UK or with some affiliate programs will not need to purchase CISI insurance. Instead, they will receive insurance options when going through the BUNAC visa process. 
  • Some affiliate programs provide insurance for interns. You will be notified if you do not need to purchase CISI insurance. 

Tuition and Fees

All Hinckley Internships are accredited. As such, students must register for 3, 6, 9, or 12 credit hours of HNKLY 4903 (undergraduate) or HNKLY 6923 (graduate). Permission codes for enrollment will be dispersed following the placement process. 


Students can see what their tuition costs would look like by consulting the University of Utah Tuition Calculator


Students are additionally responsible for paying all fees associated with tuition— including the Hinckley Student Fee ($300). Unlike the vast majority of internship programs, the Hinckley Institute secures host office placement for most students. This is a lengthy and intensive process in which our program managers strengthen your application, "pitch" your strengths to various organizations, and arrange prospective interviews on your behalf. This fee is significantly less than other comparable programs. 

Home Expenses

Remember to budget for any expenses you may have at home during your time abroad like car payments, loan payments, rent, etc.


The cost of living and type of currency varies country by country. Look at a currency converter to make sure you have a solid understanding of the strength of the U.S. dollar abroad. 

State Department

We highly 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, be it natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. 

Living Expenses

Students should be prepared to cover their living expenses both abroad and at home (rent, car payments, etc.). Please consult the Global Internship Cost Calculator to develop a realistic understanding of the cost of a global internship. 


The Hinckley works to make internships accessible to all students. While we cannot alleviate all of the financial costs of a global internship, we strive to help each student as much as possible. Students usually start saving up for a global internship well ahead of the semester they plan to go abroad. Additionally, there are several on-campus and off-campus funding opportunities open to students. 

Academic Requirements

While internships provide students with a professional application of concepts they learn in their classrooms, they are also required to complete the Hinckley Internship's 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. Please consult the Hinckley syllabus to familiarize yourself with the academic requirements.

Orientation and Training

All global interns are required to attend a mandatory internship orientation and training where we will discuss cultural competency, safety and health, risks, and academic requirements. 

Additionally, once students return from their internship they are required to attend both a post-internship training and a debriefing meeting with Global Program Director Courtney McBeth. 

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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

Hinckley Global Internship Fund

We know that pursuing a global internship can be an expensive investment. The Hinckley Institute, Learning Abroad, and University of Utah work hard to make sure that financial aid is available to students. 


Students who participate in the international internship program are encouraged to apply for scholarships of up to $2,500 to assist with tuition, travel, housing, and living expenses. Students must be accepted into the Hinckley international internship program and be registered for international internship academic credit in order to be eligible. The goal of the international internship program is to provide students with experience in global policy, service and humanitarian work, business, and politics, as well as to foster a greater understanding among peoples, cultures, and governments.

The scholarship amounts vary from $500 to $2,500, depending on country, costs, and financial need. The amount of scholarship awards will vary depending on the number of applicants, internship costs, demonstrated financial need, academic record, and experience.

Hinckley Global Scholarship — Summer 2015

Out of the 29 students who applied, 28 received some form of Hinckley scholarship. One student did not receive the scholarship since their internship was paid.

Summer 2015 Internship Awards

Student Fee Scholarship


Every matriculated University of Utah student participating in an approved program is eligible for the Student Fee Scholarship. Scholarship recipient selection is a random, lottery-based procedure. This scholarship is funded by a $3.00 per student fee assessed with tuition for each academic term, and was initiated by ASUU. Available for every term.


  • June 1st: Fall, Fall Break, and Academic Year
  • November 1st: Spring, Winter/Spring Break, and Calendar Year
  • February 15th: Summer

Student Fee Scholarship—Summer 2015

~43% of Hinckley global interns received the student fee scholarship ($1,500) for the summer of 2015.


  • Be a full-time, degree seeking University of Utah student at the time in which recipients are selected and when the award is disbursed.
  • Begin an on-line program application to be considered. 
    • Note: You do not need to be accepted/approved into a program at the time in which you apply for this scholarship, but you must begin a program application in our online system before you can begin the scholarship application.
  • Be accepted/approved for and ultimately participate in an official U of U learning abroad program.
  • Earn academic credit on your program and successfully complete your coursework earning a grade of C- or better in all courses.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully present non-U.S. citizen.
  • Students who receive this scholarship are encouraged to participate in Learning Abroad volunteer activities, such as volunteering as the Global U Expo.
    • Please note: not participating in the Learning Abroad Volunteer Activities will not revoke your scholarship.

 Late scholarship applications will NOT be accepted

Bill Rishel Student Loan


Salt Lake City native Virginia Rishel established the Bill Rishel Memorial Loan in honor of her late father Bill Rishel. Bill Rishel was a pioneer in the development of the highway system in the Western United States. He was responsible for the concept of Salt Lake City as the "hub" of the Western highways and spent his life promoting transportation in the Intermountain West.

The Hinckley Institute of Politics will award this loan annually (up to $2,500 for undergraduate study and $5,000 for graduate study at the University of Utah) to outstanding students who meet the following criteria: