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International Initiatives Internship Program

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office of International Programs offers internships for the spring, summer, and fall semesters on a rolling basis.  The focus of the internship program is on the international dimensions of higher education: higher education in international development, study abroad, and comprehensive internationalization.  APLU offers full and part-time internships at our office in Washington, DC as well as virtual internships for students who cannot spend a semester in DC.

Among the issue areas that APLU International Programs interns can be engaged in include:

  • APLU’s engagement with the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), a Presidentially-appointed advisory board to USAID that helps involve U.S. universities in USAID programs and provides counsel to the USAID Administrator on selected topics.
  • APLU’s Knowledge Center for Advancing Development through Higher Education.  The Knowledge Center creates, curates, analyzes and shares knowledge about higher education capacity building and the impact of higher education on development, with a particular focus on partnerships as a capacity building instrument. 
  • APLU’s efforts to strengthen study abroad and increase the number of Americans going abroad as part of their educational experience. APLU as an organization has been a leader in the push for increasing the role of study abroad in higher education and the majority of students that participate in study abroad are from APLU institutions.
  • Coordination with APLU’s Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs in support of the international legislative priorities of the Association
  • APLU’s engagement with international agricultural research and development. APLU institutions have a long history of focus on agricultural research and development, broadly defined to include all aspects of food systems, nutrition, health and natural resource management.  

Among the activities the intern might do include:

  • Conducting research on various topics related to the areas of work described above.
  • Assisting in the implementation of grant-funded projects.
  • Drafting and editing documents and proposals for funding.
  • Attending and reporting on congressional hearings and meetings pertaining to the higher education and scientific communities;
  • APLU strives to create internship experiences that provide students with opportunities to develop a solid understanding of the issue areas we are engaged in and to gain practical work experience in Washington, DC (or virtually).

Internships with APLU are unpaid. However, APLU will cover the costs of local public transportation to and from APLU for internships at our DC location. With prior arrangement at your home institution, it is possible that the internship may involve academic credit.

For additional information or if you have questions about the APLU internship program, please contact Jordan Merker at

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Devin at the email address above.  In your cover letter, please indicate:

  • Which of the issue areas listed above are of greatest interest to you
  • The time frame for which you would like to be considered
  • Whether you wish to do a virtual internship or an internship at our office in Washington DC.

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