Have you ever dreamed of interning in Poland? Well here is your chance to do it and earn college credit in the process! Together with our partner institution, Collegium Civitas, we are pleased to offer international internships in Warsaw. Internships provide students with a unique opportunity to gain work experience in an international setting. The internships are unpaid, and interns only need to know English. We work closely with you to find a placement that meets your needs and interest. College credit is awarded either though Collegium Civitas or Seattle Central Community College (depending on the term and courses selected). Make your resume stand out with an international internship!
Collegium Civitas is one of Poland’s leading private universities. The school is conveniently located in the heart of Warsaw in the monumental Palace of Culture and Science. It offers a wide variety of courses taught in English and in Polish. These courses are ideal for students studying sociology, international relations, political science, economics, and history. The professors are experts in the social sciences and majority are drawn from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland’s foremost research institution. The small student body (1,200) ensures an excellent student to teacher ratio (5:1) and individual attention. Your fellow colleagues will be Polish students as well other international students, and there will be frequent extra-curricular activities to keep you busy throughout the program.
With a population of more 1.7 million people, Warsaw is an ideal location for those of you who like the big city life. It became the country’s capital in 1596 when King Zygmunt III moved the royal residence there from Krakow. Since then Warsaw has witnessed many hardships (it was almost completely destroyed during WW II), but it has emerged as a cosmopolitan city and the business center of the country. Here you can find modern architecture juxtaposed with carefully-restored palaces and castles. The city boasts a beautiful Old Town and many theaters, museums, monuments, restaurants, and parks. And since it is home to a number of large universities, there are plenty of college students to meet and socialize with.
Courses & Descriptions:
An integral part of the curriculum is your internship placement. We offer a wide variety of placements in a number of fields, such as politics, art, history, non-profit services, Jewish studies, business, and more! See our Sample Internship Placement page for a full list.
Internship hours range from 10 hours per week (semester) to 30 hours per week (for summer).
The unique part of our internship program is that you can earn college credit for this experience. Below is more information on the credit options:
During the internship, you will enroll in classes at Collegium Civitas. You can earn up to 16 college credits per semester. For more information on the classes you can take, view our semester program page at Collegium Civitas. An intensive Polish class is also available. The staff at Collegium Civitas will work closely with you to find an internship placement that meets your needs and preferences. You will meet with the Academic Director on a regular basis to discuss the progress of your internship.
While completing the internship students are also simultaneously enrolled in Seattle Central Community College’s on-line social science course ILT 197: International Cooperative Education (3 semester credits). This course is an independent study that allows students to earn credit for work experience in an international setting. It is designed to help students reflect on their internship and to gain necessary skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.
Internship Seminar and Reflections
As part of the summer internship, students are expected to deliver an internship presentation midway through the program in order for the academic director and other participants to learn in-depth about students’ ongoing practical experience and to offer feedback and suggestions. Students also write and submit internship essays at the end of the program.
Polish Language Class
Interested students can participate in the credited Polish language class during the program. The classes take place at Collegium Civitas.
Optional Academic Course
It is also possible to enroll in an additional summer academic course offered by Collegium Civitas, for an extra cost of $600 (2 semester credits)
Collegium Civitas is a university fully accredited by the Polish Ministry of Education. Most colleges and universities allow you to transfer credit from courses taken abroad. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations. Usually the number of credits that you receive depends on the number of teaching hours. Following the American system, we suggest awarding 1 semester credit for every 15 hours of class time or 1 quarter credit for every 10 hours of class time.
After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, course hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.
It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Poland is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.
Scholarships are available on our scholarships page.
December 23, 2013 - Spring
July 06, 2014 - Fall
July 06, 2014 - Fall 2
July 06, 2014 - Academic Year
April 01, 2014 - Summer
April 01, 2014 - Summer 2
April 01, 2014 - Summer 3
Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.