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Education Abroad/Internships

I/ST 492 International Studies Internship/Foreign Study Course

I/ST 492 is for International Studies majors who recently completed or are in the process of completing a study abroad or internationally-focused internship experience. These experiences are all interdisciplinary international experiences. The aim of the course is to help you reflect on your experiences and what you got out of them, integrate them into your major learning objectives, and communicate about them in meaningful ways to serve your future career plans. Students will write several critical reflections on their experiences, participate in writing and professionalization workshops, and give a public presentation about their experience to other CSULB students. This course meets once a week during the semester and represents a space for students to reflect on their international experiences studying abroad or completing an internship.


Admission is by permit only, and you can request this permit by emailing your SID to the 492 advisor. You must make an advising appointment with the Education Abroad/Internship (492) Advisor, to discuss your plans and receive approval for them. Please note that the 492 advisor, as the instructor of record for the 492 course, is the only person who may officially approve your plans and give you credit for completion of the requirement. Make an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Curtis, the study abroad and internship advisor, here Before you go to the appointment, please print out the IST 492 routing sheet and start on the first few steps.


Completion of a study abroad program or internship does not automatically fulfill the I/ST major requirement for International Education/Internship. Rather, students MUST complete the I/ST 492 course and receive credit.


Study Abroad

In general, an Education Abroad experience must be for a semester or an academic year, be an official program at a university, and relate to your regional concentration. International Studies strongly encourages academic year programs as what a student learns and how it impacts a student’s life are disproportionately significant. To make this possible the Education Abroad and Internship Advisor will work with you to determine course articulations and substitutions.

For more information, see the I/ST specific guidelines and requirements for study abroad.



If you choose to fill your requirement via an internship, you must complete 125 hours of work. In general, an internship should relate to your area concentration, professional development area, and/or future career plans. Internships may be international or domestic internships with international content. Internships enable students to gain invaluable experience in the globalizing workplace and insights into globalizing career paths and professions. As in the case of studying abroad, internships should be undertaken after consultations with the Internship Director for the I/ST Program. The advisor will go over the procedures for finding and completing your internship. The director may also be able to assist you in finding and selecting an internship appropriate to your I/ST major.


As a general rule the International Studies Program follows national “best practices” in forming internships as articulated by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (


For more information, see the I/ST specific procedures and requirements for internships.




492 internship procedures

492 Internship contract


Students should sign up for I/ST 492 for their first semester back from studying abroad. Students are required to attend class, create a 15 minute presentation with a PowerPoint that, with the assistance of the 492 faculty member, s/he will present in three lower division classes and complete a 12 page experiential learning paper that can be shared with other students. The intent is to assist the student in "making sense" of the education abroad experience and integrate it into the student's broader global competencies. To this end the presentation and paper should focus on the country, the locale, the host university, the intercultural skills obtained, the language skills obtained, what worked and what didn't, what the student got out of the experience, and how the student sees impacting his/her life in the future. Registration for 492 is by permit only. Students should contact the department advisors to plan and obtain permission for registration.