Frequently Asked Questions-Global Policy Internships


Frequently Asked Questions for Global Policy Internships

When do applications open, and when is the deadline?

Applications will open in December 2020. The application deadline is January 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.  Students can start an application on the SOLO website, save it, and return to it later.


How many internships can students apply for?

Students can apply to one FSI Field Research Internship and one Global Policy Internship, but they can apply to all of the Brussels internships with The Europe Center.


Will visas be required?

Visa requirement will depend on the country of the internship as well as the country of origin of the student fellow. Students will need a passport valid through March 2022 and may need a visitor visa for certain placements. For placements within the EU, a visa is generally not required for U.S. citizens for a stay of less than 90 days in the Schengen area during a 180-day period. Interns are responsible for determining whether or not they need a visa.


Are graduating seniors eligible for internships?

No, students must be matriculated in autumn 2021.


Will housing be provided?

For Field Research Internships, housing is organized with the host organization. For the Global Policy Internships, housing costs are covered by FSI stipends, but interns will be responsible for securing their housing for their internship. Please budget accordingly. FSI staff can assist with finding housing.


Are there language requirements?

Certain internships have strong language preferences, for others, it is helpful to speak the language, but not a requirement.


How do stipends work?

For Global Policy Internships, FSI’s Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application.

For the Field Research internships, the budget per fellow will be decided by FSI and REAP, and costs will be covered directly.


What is submitted in an application?

-Application Form

-Name of faculty reference (letter or recommendation is not required)


-Most Recent Unofficial Transcript (including this quarter's courses)


**Sichuan University applicants need to also submit:

-3-5 page analytic writing sample

-No more than a 500-word answer to the question: “If you wanted to improve the educational outcomes of rural Chinese schoolchildren, what kind of project would you encourage REAP to add to its portfolio, and why?

 -A letter or statement from the language center or a language teacher indicating level of Mandarin language fluency. If you are a native speaker and do not have documentation, please provide a brief statement of your language background.


Are there required courses for the internships?

Some internships list required or recommended courses. Please see an internship’s individual page for more information.