Program Information : Internship
During an ISCOR students
last semester in the ISCOR Program, they are required to either
complete a research thesis (ISCOR
497: Internship in ISCOR) or work as an intern (ISCOR 495:
Internship in ISCOR). Many ISCOR students chose to work as interns
they can gain real world experience to complement the knowledge
they learn in the classroom.
Students who decide to take ISCOR 495 must meet with the professor
assigned to supervise the course during a given semester. This
professor will provide all of the information and guidance a student
will need to secure an internship and complete the internship course.
Students who participate in the ISCOR internship program are expected
to write a substantive research paper pertaining to their course
of study as it applies to their internship. For example, a student
working with refugees from the Sudan may write a paper on the role
of Non-Governmental Organizations in assisting the "Lost Boys" of
the Sudan, while a student working for a member of Congress may
write a paper providing an analysis of a major piece of legislation
addressing terrorism or Homeland Security.
It should also be noted that students work only for organizations
that give them substantial responsibilities (no photocopying and
picking up the CEO's dry-cleaning here!). The ISCOR Program has
identified, and continues to identify, agencies that give our students
a first rate learning experience.
For example, a number of our students intern with the San Diego
Chapter of the International Rescue Committee where they help refugees
from countries like the Sudan, Iraq, Guatemala and Afghanistan
adapt to American society. Other students work for the San Diego
Mediation Center where they assist mediators in providing mediation
services for low-income immigrants. We have had students work for
organizations like Parliament in London, the United Nations in
New York City, the U.S. State Department in Rome, the United State's
House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, a major U.S.
law firm's branch office in Mexico, a border trade group based
in San Diego and Tijuana, the Human Rights Commission in Guadalajara,
an attorney specializing in maritime and fisheries law, the U.S.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the San Diego affiliate of NBC news,
the San Diego office of the U.S. Marshall, a San Diego County Supervisor,
the San Diego Mayor's Office, the City of San Diego's Office of
Protocol, and the World Trade Center of San Diego.
Once again, students should contact the professor responsible
for ISCOR 497 during a given semester (see the Schedule of Classes)
to obtain specific advising and information about ISCOR internships.
Additionally, SDSU's Career Services office
provides information on obtaining internships.
See ISCOR Advisor Dr. Greb (firstname.lastname@example.org) for general thesis