At Lehigh, we do not teach theory in a vacuum—we want students to learn to apply their skills to real-world challenges. This is the foundation of the Iacocca International Internship Program, in which students live and work overseas for six to 12 weeks in the summer.
One goal of the program is to make international experiences accessible to all students, and it prioritizes students who have high financial need or who have never been abroad before. The international internships are mostly funded through the Iacocca Foundation, the Freeman Foundation and other donors. The program covers the largest expenses, including airfare, accommodation, and most meals. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines, including arts and sciences, business, engineering and education.
Students may travel individually or in a small group led by a Lehigh faculty or staff member. Students may work in a multinational corporation, help a nonprofit or NGO, or perform research in a laboratory or in the field. Opportunities are available in approximately 30 countries every year.
The comprehensive program provides career coaching and cultural training before students leave, opportunities for reflection and mentorship during the internship, and formal re-entry programs upon return to campus, all with the goal of ensuring that students get the most from their internship experience and are ready to succeed in their careers after graduation.
To date, 565 students have interned in 50 countries. Many of the internships are available to students thanks to the participation of Lehigh alumni and other sponsoring organizations around the world.
For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at (800) 523-0565 or visit the Iacocca International Internship website.