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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