Finding an Internship
BGIA's internship matching process begins once students are admitted to the BGIA program.
Enrolled students work closely with BGIA staff to identify internships that match their individual interests and goals. They are guided through the cover letter and resume writing process and, most importantly, students are able to take advantage of BGIA’s extensive network in New York City to secure a part to full time professional internship. Once the internship begins, each student is assigned a staff mentor at their internship to support them throughout the program. Students, BGIA staff and internship mentors work closely together to ensure a successful and productive internship experience. Additionally, students participate in BGIA workshops that help them smoothly transition into professional life through sessions covering interview skills, workplace etiquette, and networking, among other topics. Additional panels provide candid discussions of various career paths and advice from young professionals.
Mount Holyoke College, BGIA Summer 2016
"Interning at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) was far and away my most rewarding internship experience. As a Publications and Media Intern in the Communications department, I worked to help copy-edit and fact check essays for forthcoming publications. My supervisor was amazing, and gave me many substantive projects where I got to hone my research and writing skills. My time at ICTJ was enriching for many reasons, but particularly because I am writing a senior thesis about transitional justice- in particular truth commissions- and spending my summer immersed in such topics gave me a deeper understanding of the field.”
Spelman College, BGIA Summer 2016
“At Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict, I was able to engage in conversations concerning international security at the United Nations Headquarters. I was tasked with learning about the UN system and its role international security. I had access to all public meetings, including the Security Council! This included learning about food insecurity and economic insecurity, which are often left out from our definitions of international security. I was able to become a transparency tool for the UN as an online/social media diplomat. I learned that interpersonal skills and personal relationships are what actually ensure trust. Since interning at the UN, I am more determined and confident about entering the international affairs arena. I am forever indebted to BGIA for this opportunity. ”
Bard College, BGIA Spring 2012
"At the Arab-American Family Support Center I was able to combine my interests for social justice and the Arabic language and culture. I interned with the department of Adult Education and Literacy where I was entrusted with instructing an all women’s beginning English language class and tutoring aspiring citizens in American civics. My role at the AAFSC was both challenging and immensely enriching. I gained numerous practical skills that are fundamental to working at any NGO; I witnessed first-hand the the positive differences being made in many peoples lives; and most importantly, my passions and goals were palpably reaffirmed."
Emory University, BGIA Spring 2012
"Interning for the Central American Legal Assistance was by far one of my most rewarding internship experiences. I worked with incredibly talented and passionate individuals who encouraged me to learn new skills and put them into practice with the perfect balance of guidance and autonomy. I translated supplemental evidence documents from Spanish and/or French into English and also served as an interpreter for clients in asylum hearings. I also helped research articles and country condition reports to find supporting evidence for client affidavits and briefs. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to get so much hands on experience in the legal field."
Oberlin College, BGIA Spring 2011
"Interning for the General Counsel of International Crisis Group was a great experience. I developed my professional skills, as I was responsible for handling a variety of administrative tasks combined with projects such as drafting a social media policy and editing documents related to multinational litigation, statutory compliance, governance, and insurance issues. In addition, I developed invaluable networks that have helped me pursue further opportunities within the international community."
Tony (Yige) Wang
Bard College, BGIA Summer 2010
"I am always eager to apply my knowledge to solving real-world issues. During my internship at Oxford Analytica, I conducted extensive research in target industries and companies, and assisted offices across the globe with different projects. I also evaluated and categorized world news for forty different countries, covering aspects such as politics, military and economics. My research, and analytical and communication skills have all been polished tremendously throughout my internship. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity offered by BGIA, from which I have broadened my scope, improved practical skills, and most importantly, engaged in the consulting industry, a career path that I am enthusiastic about pursuing."