Global Studies


Internships and Service Learning Opportunities

American Association of University Women

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our dedicated staff serves a diverse community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. 

Cross Cultural Solutions Excellence in International Volunteering

CCS international internships are designed for students ages 18 and older seeking a real-world, globally-minded intern abroad experience in their chosen field. As a CCS intern abroad, you’ll become part of a team of dedicated and experienced professionals who provide unique opportunities to learn, explore, understand, and change critical social issues impacting communities around the world. As you engage in your global internship, you’ll hone your cross-cultural communication skills and expand your knowledge through meaningful service. Learn and serve in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Tanzania, Morocco or Brazil, where your work will be complemented by engaging Cultural & Learning Activities and incredible opportunities for independent exploration.

Global Service Learning Corp

Global Service Corps (GSC) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for adults to participate in volunteer service-learning programs in Tanzania and Cambodia. Volunteer participants are fully immersed in the culture and assist in a variety of environmental, health, and educational community service projects.

Global Engagement Summer Institute

The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is a study abroad program that provides undergraduates with the knowledge, tools and experiences to confront shared global challenges. Through service-learning in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, or Uganda, teams of students join the efforts of local organizations to advance community-driven change.

GESI is a unique, credit-bearing program that combines rigorous academic training through intensive pre-departure preparation and a final reflection summit with 8-10 weeks of hands-on international fieldwork. While abroad, students live in homestays and gain professional experience through internships with grassroots organizations, addressing issues such as public health, education, women’s empowerment, and the environment. 

Japan America Society of Minnesota

JASM provides a place where both individuals and businesses are able to engage in cultural activities, meet others with an interest in Japan, form new business relationships, learn, and build mutual respect between Japan and America.

Our member supported, non-profit, non-political association is dedicated to bringing the peoples of Japan and the United States closer together in mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation. Through programs and interchange, we endeavor to promote an appreciation of cultural, educational, economic, public, and other affairs of interest to both peoples.

Minnesota International Center

The Global Minnesota story began in 1953 as the International Center for Students and Visitors and guided by the motto “They came as strangers – may they leave as friends.” Founded by Josef Mestenhauser, Bill Rogers, and Forrest Moore, the organization, later named the Minnesota International Center (MIC), was created as a partnership between the community and the University of Minnesota that engaged ‘Citizen Diplomats’ to connect Minnesotans with visiting students and scholars. 

Global Minnesota’s mission is to promote international understanding and engagement: we educate, we inspire, and we provide enriching experiences.

United Nations Association Internship Program

The UN Foundation offers semester-long full and part-time internships during the fall, spring and summer terms for undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates. Interns participate in a variety of activities and perform a variety of tasks in support of the department for which they work. The number and nature of internships depends on the needs of the various departments.

United States Department of State

At the U.S. Department of State, you'll have the opportunity to gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world.

Fellowships, Grants and Award Opportunities

Humanity in Action

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.

Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship

The Human Rights Center encourages residents of the Upper Midwest—including students, teachers, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders and others—to undertake practical experiences/internships in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote social justice by providing practical training in the varied aspects of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement should provide both training for the individual and assistance to the host organization.

Education abroad

The Global Studies program encourages all students to have at least one education abroad experience while at St. Cloud State. You can choose from a variety of semester-long or short-term programs. The Global Studies majors can apply up to 12 credits of education abroad into their bachelor's degree. 

Typical all inclusive course fees are between $2,500 and $6,000 plus three or six credits tuition. This includes airfare, so keep in mind as you compare costs with other non-university programs that typically do not include airfare in the quoted price. You may apply your financial aid toward both tuition and fees. 

Classes that may work particularly well for Global Studies majors include:

  • GLST 410, Costa Rica, Jan. 2016 (3 cr.)
  • GLST 410, Russia, June-July 2016 (6 cr.)
  • GEOG 410 Wales, May 2016 (3 cr.)
  • ETHS 305 South Africa, Spring Break every year
  • CMTY 410 Italy and Greece, mid-May every year
  • COMY 410 Ghana, mid-May every year

For more information on the variety of current education abroad opportunities, visit the Center for International Studies