FAQ

FAQs

Should I choose an internship or a service-learning program?

IN

·Focus on professional development
·Develop new and advance existing skills relevant to your field of study
·Earn optional academic credit

SL

·Participate in service activities relevant to the needs of the local community
·Learn about meaningful civic engagement
·Critically reflect upon experiences for personal growth and enhanced cultural competency
·Earn optional academic credit

Where can I go?

IN

Internships are available in following the locations

SL

Service-Learning placements are available in following the locations

When can I go?

IN

Internships have four set departure dates: mid-January, late May, late June, and Early September. If these program start dates and lengths don't work, participants can choose their own program dates by applying for a custom date internship. To see internship program dates, click here.

SL

Service-Learning programs are available throughout the year, and vary from location to location. To see service-learning program dates, click here.

What fields are available?

IN

Internships are available in the following fields.

SL

Service-Learning programs are available in the following fields.

How much does it cost?

IN

Internship program fees vary by program location and program length. To see internship program prices, click here.

SL

Service-learning program fees vary by program location and program length. To see service-learning program prices, click here.

Can I use financial aid?

IN

Many participants are able to use financial aid if they are receiving credit for their ISA Internship. Please speak with the financial aid office at your institution for specific requirements.

SL

Many participants are able to use financial aid if they are receiving credit for their ISA Service-Learning program. Please speak with the financial aid office at your institution for specific requirements.

Am I able to earn academic credit?

IN

Yes. You may earn academic credit through our School of Record, Carroll College, or through your home institution by following the proper approval process at your home institution. Please click here for more information about earning academic credit for internships.

SL

Yes. You may earn academic credit through our School of Record, Carroll College, or through your home institution by following the proper approval process at your home institution. Please click here for more information about earning academic credit for service-learning.

Can I take academic courses at a host university abroad and participate in an internship or service-learning?

IN

Yes. Students can enroll in academic courses at a host university abroad and participate in an internship. Learn more about our Study + Internship programs here.

SL

Yes. Students can enroll in academic courses at a host university abroad and participate in service-learning. Learn more about our Study + Service-Learning programs here.

What are the program eligibility requirements?

IN

An internship applicant must be a current university student or a recent university graduate in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Certain locations may have additional eligibility requirements. The ISA Internships team reviews applications on a rolling basis. Interested participants are encouraged to begin the application process as early as possible. To read more about eligibility for our programs, click here.

SL

A service-learning applicant can be a high school graduate 17 years of age or older, a current university student or a recent university graduate in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. Language requirements are specific to each site and placement. The ISA Service-Learning team reviews applications on a rolling basis. Interested participants are encouraged to begin the application process as early as possible. To read more about eligibility for our programs, click here.

Can I participate if I have already graduated?

IN

Recent college graduates are welcome to apply for an ISA Internship.

SL

Recent high-school or college graduates, as well as non-traditional participants are welcome to apply.

Do I need a visa?

IN

In most locations, applicants will need to obtain a visa in order to intern abroad. The ISA Internships team will help you through the visa application process, where applicable.

SL

Depending on the location, duration and type of program in which you enroll, you may need to obtain a visa well in advance prior to going abroad or once you arrive in your host country. If a visa is required for your program, the ISA Service-Learning team will advise you through the visa application process.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I still participate in the program?

IN

ISA Internships can facilitate programs for students and recent graduates in all of our program locations for citizens of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia. In many cases, we can facilitate internships for other citizenships. Contact us or see here for more information.

SL

Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for ISA Service-Learning programs. Contact us for more information on how to apply.

What if my GPA is lower than the minimum 2.5 requirement?

IN

Applicants with a GPA that falls below a 2.5 must submit a statement explaining their academic situation. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 are not eligible to receive academic credit for their internship program through our School of Record, Chapman University. Please note that a low GPA may also limit the applicant's placement prospects.

SL

Applicants with a GPA that falls below a 2.5 must submit a letter of recommendation from either a current professor or academic advisor and a letter of intent. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 are not eligible to receive academic credit through our School of Record, Carroll College. Please note that a low GPA may also limit the applicant's placement prospects.

Do I have to speak another language?

IN

Each supervisor at an ISA Internship will have a command of the English language. If an intern does not have experience with the local language, the intern will be given tasks that can be completed in English. If a participant can speak the local language, more internship opportunities will become available.

SL

Most ISA Service-Learning placements require some level of proficiency in the local language. Applicants with little to no foreign language experience are encouraged to consider programs in India and South Africa where English proficiency is required.

Can I choose my program location?

IN

Applicants specify program location preferences in the initial online application. Applicants for internships in Australia and New Zealand must be comfortable interning in any city within the country.

SL

Yes, in the initial online application, applicants will apply to one city for their program.

Can I choose a specific placement at a host organization?

IN

We will find you an internship that matches your current skill set and future goals. You may specify your internship placement preferences in your online application and cover letter. However, we cannot guarantee placement with any one organization.

SL

We will do our best to match you with a placement at a host organization that suits your interests, skills, language level and goals. You may specify your service-learning placement preferences in your online application and cover letter. However, we cannot guarantee a specific placement with any one organization.

Do I have to submit multiple applications to add service-learning to an ISA program?

SL

No. The Study + Service-Learning Combo programs require only one application to be submitted and one application deposit.

Can I contact ISA Internships and Service-Learning alumni about their experience?

IN

Yes. Please see a list of our alumni who have volunteered to be listed on our website for you to contact here. You can use these alumni as a resource to help you gain first hand knowledge about interning or serving abroad.

SL

Yes. Please see a list of our alumni who have volunteered to be listed on our website for you to contact here. You can use these alumni as a resource to help you gain first hand knowledge about interning or serving abroad.