Tower in Istanbul

Internship Procedure


Fill out a Syracuse Abroad application, including the Internship Request Form. Applications are reviewed according to stated goals, academic record, prior experience, skills, and recommendations. We recommend you discuss the appropriateness of an internship to your program of study with your advisor before applying. Some schools limit the number of internship credits that can be applied toward a major.

Finalizing the Placement

Final decisions about placements are made in Istanbul following an on-site interview. While placements cannot be guaranteed, every attempt is made to match students to organizations appropriate to their skills and abilities.

Review Process

Each intern has a faculty sponsor in the appropriate field of study who provides guidance and sets standards for a report or other academic project undertaken during the internship and who consults with an on-site supervisor responsible for the student’s work at the organization. Students are given a grade by the academic sponsor for the internship experience.

Undergraduate Internship Program

Participating in an internship abroad is a great way to increase your understanding of international issues. At the same time you develop valuable intercultural communication skills and gain practical experience about the ways business, government, and community organizations function in a different culture.

Part-time internships for 1-3 credits may be arranged for qualified students whose schedules allow them to commit at least 12 hours per week to their internship placements. Students can readily organize their course schedules in order to leave a day and a half to internship and community engagement placements.

Community engagement opportunities (for intercultural learning rather than for credit) are also available. These experiences can range from part-time positions to helping refugees through a local soup kitchen, or with events hosted by the US Consulate. Placements in Istanbul include businesses, law and banking firms, schools, or in NGOs dedicated to Turkish culture and heritage, refugees and human rights, women’s issues, and environmental issues.

Students should have either relevant coursework and/or prior work experience in the requested internship field, and must submit an Internship Request Form and résumé as part of the application. Some placements may require Turkish language proficiency.

Graduate Internship Program

Offered fall semester only in collaboration with Syracuse University’s top-ranked Maxwell School , this option features a professional internship experience for graduate international relations (MAIR) candidates with a working knowledge of the Turkish language. MAIR students typically enroll for 9 credits: two 3-credit graduate-level seminars and a 3-credit internship. Interns are expected to work 20 to 25 hours per week during the semester. In Istanbul, most placements are with NGOs, CBOs, and other professional firms and associations; most governmental organizations are based in Ankara. While graduate students are encouraged to pursue options in Ankara, the Syracuse Center is unable to provide the same level of support (assistance with introductions, orientation, housing, etc.). The Syracuse Istanbul Center’s Contemporary Issues seminar, taught by Dr. Erika Wilkens-Sozen, is also available to graduate students.