"As a Speech and Language Hearing Sciences major, I loved that I did not have to have a lot of experience to intern as a Children's Aide and Therapist's assistant at a school for special needs children. This was my first internship, and it was worth it!" - Speech and Language Hearing Sciences major and CISAbroad internship alumna in Wellington, New Zealand
**Students must complete an Aztecs Abroad application if one or both of the following apply:
1. If you are a current SDSU student planning to apply this internship to satisfy an international experience requirement for your major or minor
2. If you are planning to apply for a scholarship that requires the units to be transferred to your SDSU official transcript
Application Deadlines and Program fees
- The CISabroad website contains the most up-to-date internship locations.
- Customized internship options may vary by location, language ability, experience, class level, etc.
CISAbroad Internships programs are available to current students and recent graduates who meet eligibility requirements on the CISAbroad website
Customized internships are offered in a wide variety of fields. Students may obtain credit for the internship through one of the following options:
- SDSU: SDSU Students may arrange credit through the International Student Center in collaboration with their academic department. Initiate the Advising phase then meet with a Study Abroad advisor, by appointment or through walk-in advising.
- CISAbroad and Plymouth State University: SDSU students may arrange 3-12 credits through CISAbroad and their School of Record, Plymouth State University, for an additional fee.
Program Cost and fees
- Summer, Fall semester or Spring semester
- Program start dates are indicated on the CISAbroad website
Program fees and inclusions are outlined on the CISAbroad website
Financial Aid Basics
If you receive financial aid, talk to your study abroad advisor early and throughout the application process.
Make sure you understand the following basics:
Housing and Meals
- Summer programs: Financial aid is not not typically offered in summer, so apply for scholarships, budget, raise funds, and plan accordingly.
- Semester programs: A student needs to be enrolled full-time (12 units/semester) for a total of 15 weeks for financial aid to be released for a semester abroad experience.
- There are likely to be additional forms and actions required to allow aid to be released and transferred for non-SDSU activities; the process is not automated.
- Learn what types of aid you receive. Look up your record on AidLink and educate yourself about your aid package.
- Search the Aztecs Abroad database for scholarships, both internal and external.
CISabroad and SDSU Insurance Requirement:
- Housing options vary by location but include homestays; apartments; residence halls and student hostels.
- All housing options can usually be reached through public transportation. Please keep in mind that while CISAbroad staff will make every effort to find you housing close to your internship, some commuting may be required.
Passport and Visa
- CISabroad includes medical and accident insurance coverage in the CISAbroad program fee.
- All SDSU students participating in programs abroad are automatically enrolled in the CSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan (FTIP). The insurance charge which will appear on the student's SDSU student account services bill. For more information on costs, refer to the website. CSU FTIP coverage is MANDATORY for all SDSU participants.
Hints for Internship process
- You must have a valid passport to participate in a program abroad. Your passport must be valid for the duration of the program and for at least six months past the program end date to be eligible to receive a student visa. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the U.S. State Department's Travel Site.
- Most countries will also require you to obtain a visa to have permission to enter for the purpose of an internship opportunity and for a specific duration. CISabroad will provide specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to their program.
- Plan early; save early, and stay as long as you can to get the most out of your internship placement and immerse yourself in the local culture.
- Internships are customized based on your field of interest and resume.
Initiate the Advising phase
then meet with a Study Abroad advisor, by appointment or through walk-in advising.
CSU-MANDATED FOREIGN TRAVEL INSURANCE PROGRAM (FTIP) REQUIREMENT
All students registered in the Aztecs Abroad Database who are finalized as approved, committed status participants will be automatically enrolled in the CSU-mandated Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP)
, typically about 30 days prior to departure. Enrollment in this plan is mandated to address emergency travel assistance and health matters while abroad. Students do not need to take any additional steps to receive this insurance. You will not need to fill out any special forms for enrollment. As you complete all of the required steps in Aztecs Abroad to confirm your participation, you will receive an email from the ISC's Study Abroad Office confirming your FTIP enrollment and expected billing date. Some countries noted on the CSU High Hazardous Country List
may have additional premiums. All confirmed participants will also receive an FTIP Travel Assistance ID card PDF document. Details about coverage, including the policy number, can be found via the SDSU Risk Management website
. This information will also be included in an enrollment confirmation email. The CSU approves travel for students going to destinations with travel advisories set to level 1 or 2. If you are requesting to travel to a country with a travel advisory set to level 3, as as listed on the U.S. Department of State website, your travel plans will need to be evaluated by the Risk Management Office and signed by the SDSU President for final clearance. In certain cases, participants may need to be reassigned to alternate locations.