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Internships and Independent Study or Research
Global Studies Internships
Global Studies students who are planning to do an internship (separate from a study abroad semester) must register with the Study Abroad Office. This application is in addition to, and separate from, their individual search for an internship. Students must complete the application process by the appropriate deadline regardless of their status in the internship process.
- March 1: Fall or Academic Year
- March 15: Summer
- October 1: Spring
- October 15: UWinteriM
Independent Internship, Study, or Research Registration Steps
UWM students planning for credit (tuition-generating) or UWM-funded internships, study, or research abroad must register with the Study Abroad Office. There is a $100 administration fee for this service (LINK Program Fees) payable by check or money order to "UWM" or posted to your PAWS account.
Note: This does not apply to Global Studies students or students receiving funding to attend academic conferences abroad.
Step 1: Meet with your Academic Advisor and/or Department.
Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to determine that your experience abroad will be approved as counting toward your UWM degree program. Download and have your advisor complete the Advisor Conference Form (LINK to form).
Submit the form with the other documents (listed under step three) to the Study Abroad Office.
Step 2: Apply via Host Organization
If applicable, contact the host organization to complete any paperwork required for official placement.
Step 3: Complete UWM Registration Documents
Download and complete the following documents:
- Confirmation form
- Form packet
- International travel health insurance (The University of Wisconsin System requires ALL students earning degree program credit abroad to purchase CISI international health insurance, regardless of any other insurance coverage they have. The cost is $35/month.)
- Flight information form
- Special medical health release (Optional for students traveling to Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand)
- Optional forms: FERPA for sharing your information with family or friends, and Power of Attorney if you need someone to take care of legal or financial issues while you are abroad.
Next complete an online application
- Answer "yes" when asked if you are applying to a UWM-sponsored program, then select the appropriate term and hit submit.
- At the top of the application select "Independent Internship, Study, or Research" from the pull-down menu under "1st Choice" (leave "2nd Choice" blank).
Note: The online application requires that cookies be enabled in your web browser. When you click the link, you should get a prompt asking you to accept a certificate. Click the button to accept (not examine) the certificate until you see the page "New Program Application."
Step 4: Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
Contact the Study Abroad Office (stop in or call 414- 229-5182) to schedule an appointment with the Non-UWM program coordinator. They will answer any questions you may have and discuss pre-departure planning (housing, immunizations, passport/visas, travel plans etc.) with you.
Following the meeting, turn in any outstanding forms.
Note: If you do not have a passport already, you should apply for one immediately. If you already have a passport, make sure it will not expire for at least six months after the end of your time abroad. Make sure your passport is signed otherwise it is not valid.
Participants in UWM-sponsored travel abroad that is not for academic credit will still work with the Study Abroad Office to complete certain critical pre-departure requirements. This category of travel is specific to group travel and the details are arranged exclusively by the trip leader. The Study Abroad Office has no involvement or role in the planning and operation of these trips. Questions or concerns about them should be directed to the trip leader.
Financial arrangements are managed directly through the trip leader, though all participants are charged a $200 administration fee (LINK Program Fees) by the Study Abroad Office. In addition to this fee, participants will also be responsible for the cost of CISI health insurance coverage.
To begin the registration process, make sure you select your trip below (each has its own registration link):