BGIA Internship Information for Employers

BGIA students are strong undergraduates, typically in their junior year, seeking the opportunity to gain real world experience in international affairs before applying to graduate school or exploring careers in related fields. BGIA also accepts recent college graduates.
BGIA carefully recruits and prepares students for a professional internship. BGIA staff provide support to interns and mentors for the duration of the internship. BGIA’s courses are designed to start after 4pm, enabling students to fully integrate into the daily workings of their internship organization. Students can receive academic credit for their internships.

BGIA Internship Requirements

Each internship organization is expected to provide students the following:
  • 20-35 hours of work a week (on average) for 12–15 weeks per semester or 8 weeks during the summer
  • A mentor who is willing to guide and teach a young person about vital questions in his or her area of expertise
  • An environment in which the student can learn and participate as an active member of an organization, gaining experience beyond clerical work
BGIA requires students and mentors to complete and sign a “community learning agreement” that serves to clearly establish work expectations. BGIA also requires bi-weekly time sheets to be signed by the host organization, and encourages mid-term and final feedback sessions. This process enables BGIA to track student performance and refine our internship program each semester. BGIA staff work with students to help them provide potential mentors with resumes, cover letters, and writing samples. The final selection of interns always rests with the sponsoring organization.

Internship Goals

Our goal is to provide internship organizations with interns who are thorough and reliable, show good judgment and initiative, demonstrate self-sufficiency, are eager and enthusiastic, and communicate maturely. Our recruitment, selection, and evaluation mechanisms are intended to ensure that this is the case, and allow us to take corrective action if it is not.

Students have identified key elements of a positive internship experience, including:
  • The mentor takes the time to orient the student to the organization, to introduce him or her to colleagues, and to provide clear explanations about the office culture, such as dress code and office communication.
  • The mentor clearly communicates the needs of his or her department, and ensures that the student understands how their contributions further the work of the organization.
  • At the same time, the mentor respects the student’s goals as an intern.
  • At the end of the semester, the student has a “deliverable,” i.e., has contributed significantly to a project and/or has developed a specific professional skill-set.

If you would like to learn more about hosting a BGIA intern, please contact:

Erica Kane, Deputy Director
Phone: 646-839-9262