Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2020



Course Number

DIPL 3111JA/ DIPL 4111JA

Course Description

This course provides students with educational experiences that integrate academic knowledge with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students may elect to complete an internship either domestically or abroad during the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Students will not be awarded credit for past internships completed.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Director for Internships and Career Development as early as possible in their academic careers, at least one semester before they plan to complete an internship. Meetings focus on the student’s academic and career goals; guidance and tools are then provided to identify internship opportunities that are compatible with the student’s professional profile. All internships must be approved by the Director for Internships and Career Development. Upon receiving an official internship offer, the student is registered for the internship course. The student-intern must provide the Director with the description, start date, and location of the internship as well as full contact information for the on-site supervisor.

This internship course has the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of the internship site and connect its contributions to the realm of international relations
  • Assess the organization’s achievement of program goals through critical and reflective thinking
  • Gain an understanding of your role within the organization and the profession, and explore other career possibilities that might emerge from this experience
  • Understand and appreciate cultural and human differences and demonstrate a sense of civic responsibility
  • Develop practical and technical competencies and related skills, including resume-writing, professional correspondence, interviewing, networking, and professional conduct

Internship Duration: The School of Diplomacy requires that in exchange for 3 academic credits, students spend a minimum of 150 hours at the approved organization over a minimum of 10 weeks. Any exceptions to this 10-week minimum must be approved by the Director of Internships and Career Development prior to the start of the internship.

Internship Supervision: The on-site supervisor must be clear about the educational purpose and expected student learning outcomes of the internship experience. If you have problems or concerns related to your internship, please contact the Director of the Office of Internships and Career Development immediately at 973- 275-2203 or The School of Diplomacy enters into institutional partnerships only with host organizations which are in compliance with University, State and Federal internship regulations.