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Interning with the United Nations was amazing because it is not only one of the most influential organizations in the world, but it has also become like a home to me. I realize now that I need to find something that can inspire me everyday like going to work there did.
– Storm Wilkening
Central College

internships/service-learning

On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either a service-learning or an internship option, both for academic credit.

Internships

Internships offer a fantastic opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in a field related to their major or academic interest in a local environment. These work experiences are invaluable assets to your resume and future job options, and also give you the chance to work alongside members of the Austrian community for a glimpse into another side of the culture. All internships are unpaid and for academic credit.

Recent internship areas include:

  • Austrian soccer team
  • Biosphere park
  • Botanical garden
  • Environmental protection organizations
  • Fashion Industry
  • International corporations
  • Marketing and PR departments
  • Museums
  • Music and history archive
  • NGOs and committees
  • Opera House and Theatres
  • Physical therapy (shadowing)
  • Research institutes
  • Teaching English at primary and secondary schools
  • Tutoring English
  • Vineyard


Service-learning

Service-learning connects meaningful service opportunities in the community with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. It gives students a chance to make a difference in their host city while exploring another aspect of contemporary Austrian culture. A big part of the academic-based service-learning option is journaling and reflecting on your experiences. Most service-learning opportunities carry up to two semester hours of credit.

Recent service-learning placements include:

  • Churches
  • Environmental organizations
  • Homeless shelters
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Refugee organizations
  • Schools
  • Soup kitchens


Application process

To apply, you must first create an online account and submit a complete online application for the Vienna, Austria program. Detailed internship and service-learning guidelines including deadlines and application requirements and materials will be provided in your online account. There is no placement fee.

Service-learning and internships are available for all levels including beginners; some placements are even offered in English. Additional areas may be available for
service-learning or internships. The resident director in Vienna will work individually with you to find the best possible option.

Please feel free to contact the Central College Abroad office with questions about internships and/or service-learning.