Foreign internships provide excellent international law work experience, incomparable networking opportunities, and immersion in new legal cultures.
All of our JD interns have the opportunity to submit JURIST Dateline reports from their foreign internships.
Selecting a Program
CILE maintains a Foreign Internship Reference Guide, which is available online through PittLawWorks (in the document section), and in a hard copy binder available in the CILE office and at the Library Reference Desk. Review the opportunities in this guide early in the fall semester so you will not miss any formal program or funding deadlines.
After reviewing the opportunities in the CILE Foreign Refefence Guide, schedule a meeting with CILE Executive Director Richard Thorpe. Make sure to bring a current resume, a statement of interest, and a copy of your transcript (1L students can bring their undergraduate transcript).
After meeting with the Executive Director, finalize your choices and contacting potential internship providers.
Funding a Program
The costs associated with internships abroad generally include:
- Transportation to and from the foreign country
- Housing and meals
- Local transportation and entertainment
Interns are expected to independently arrange and manage their financial responsibilities. CILE does have limited funding available, as well as leads to competitions and scholarships that can help reduce costs.
Obtaining Academic Credit at Pitt
You may be eligible for academic credit for your internship abroad if it qualifies for externship credits.
Organizing the Trip
Research your host country's visa requirements to enure that you have time to apply. Review the U.S. Department of State country report and make sure you complete the necessary forms and waivers required by CILE.
Check out CILE's research guide: Preparing to Intern Abroad