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International Experiences

International Experience:  Global Studies majors are required to complete an international experience. Students are expected to gain experience in an international setting in which they can familiarize themselves with a multicultural or international environment.  There are two ways to fulfill this requirement.  First, there is the option of study abroad.  Second, students may opt to do an internship with an organization or company with a clear international focus or mission.  Students are required to take GLBL 350 Cultural Competence and Engagement to compliment their practical experience.

Study Abroad:  Shepherd University offers several possibilities for a study abroad experience.  Several professors offer a trip abroad, often during the summer.  The Study Abroad Office provides all the information you need about these faculty led study abroad possibilities as well as more independent possibilities.  The Study Abroad Office has contacts with several organizations and universities which provide the possibility to study at a university abroad for several weeks, a semester, or even a year.  Make sure to contact the Study Abroad Director, Dr. Sam Greene, to get as much information about your study abroad possibilities.

Internships:  Students can opt to do an internship rather than a study abroad experience for their international experience requirement.  There are plenty of opportunities to gain work experience in an international environment either in the United States or abroad. Some students might fin an internship opportunity at one of the many international governmental and non-governmental organizations or embassies in Washington, D.C.  In the past, students have interned at the Organization of American States, The World Bank Group, or the International Monetary Fund (all in Washington, D.C.).  Another possibility would be to intern with a company with major international activities.

For more information on the Global Studies program, please contact Dr. Marat Akopian, Director, White Hall 319.