Off-Campus Internships

Hope College offers domestic and international off-campus programs that allow students to earn internship credit.

Through a structured and supportive environment, these experiences challenge students to integrate their personal, academic and professional lives in new and exciting ways.

United States Internships

For a complete list of domestic programs offered at Hope visit the International Education Office.

THE PHILADELPHIA CENTER

The Philadelphia Center provides opportunities for professional exploration, intellectual development and personal growth in the heart of America's fifth-largest city. Our accredited program features field placements, seminars and independent living. Students select an internship from more than 800 placement opportunities and then design a learning plan that provides the structure for integrating work experience with educational, social and professional development objectives.

Students earn 16 credits: eight from the internship and four for each course. Class topics currently offered include finance, social justice, architecture, psychotherapy, religion, Africanist perspective and senior seminar. Each fall and spring semester, 75–100 students with any major from liberal arts schools across the country participate in the program.

WASHINGTON HONORS SEMESTER PROGRAM
The Washington Honors Semester Program enables students from all disciplines to study in Washington, D.C., and to apply knowledge of their area of study as it relates to government and politics. Select junior and senior students will take a seminar on American government and politics; participate in group interviews with congressmen and legislative staff, executives, lobbyists, political party officials and journalists; intern for two six-week periods in Congress, the executive branch or with political interest groups; and prepare extensive research papers.
THE NEW YORK ARTS PROGRAM

This program is designed to provide students seriously interested in the performing, visual and communication arts with a unique opportunity to be a part of the world of established professional artists in New York City. Students spend a semester as an apprentice to a producing artist or with an organization in the arts, supplemented with academic study. Resident staff members assist students in finding both apprenticeships and housing.

THE CHICAGO SEMESTER

The Chicago Semester draws students from Hope College and nine other Christian colleges in the Midwest. The program offers students a distinct opportunity to live, learn and work in America’s third-largest city, while studying issues of urban life in a fully accredited program. The staff of the Chicago Semester combines advanced academic training and professional experience with years of living and working in the city. They provide support and guidance as students explore the possibilities and issues within an urban working world.

Up to 16 hours of academic credit can be earned through the program, which includes a four day per week supervised internship and two seminars. The seminars currently offered complete the senior seminar, urban sociology and four-credit fine arts requirements, as well as a second religion requirement as needed.

Students representing nearly every college major choose internships that fit their vocational or career goals. They select an internship from several options developed by the staff, interviewing at each before making a decision. Areas for internships include, but are not limited to:

  • Graphic design
  • Theater
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Human resources
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Event planning
  • Health sciences
  • Communications
  • Social work
  • Social services
  • Student teaching
  • Law
  • Sports management
  • Media

International Internships

HOPE-AFFILIATED PROGRAMS

The International Education Office at Hope College has several programs that offer an international internship experience while abroad. Students considering an international internship are encouraged to pursue opportunities through the following Hope affiliated programs:

  • GlobaLinks
  • Council on International Education Exchange
  • Institute for the International Exchange of Students
  • The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)
  • School for International Training

Applications and detailed descriptions of programs are available from the Fried International Center in the Martha Miller Center or you can email studyabroad@hope.edu with any questions.

NON-HOPE-AFFILIATED PROGRAMS
To earn credit for an international internship experience that is not affiliated with a Hope-approved program, please follow the steps in the section below. We recommend that you begin the process at least five months prior to your internship start date.
INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP APPROVAL PROCESS
STEP 1 — Submit Application

Submit an Off Campus Study Application and the International Internship Form to the internship coordinator in the Career Development Center.

STEP 2 — Review

Your application will be reviewed by the International Education Office, Dean of Students and Registrar. You will be notified by the Career Development Center about the status of your application.

STEP 3 – Submit Risk and Responsibility Forms

If approved, complete the following risk and responsibility forms found under the “International Two or More Nights Programs” section, and return them to the appropriate contact:

  • Assumption of Risk and Release
  • Eligibility to Participate
  • Medical and Mental Health Form
  • Student off Campus Responsibility Form
  • Internship Housing Form

Remember to contact the Health Center for important information regarding required immunizations for international travel!

STEP 4 — Register for Academic Credit

Submit the Academic Internship Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office to officially register for course credit.

STEP 5 – Attend Study Abroad Orientation Session

Attend a study abroad orientation session through the International Education Office.