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Internship Opportunities

This page features a sample of internships opportunities available to our language majors and minors, both within the World Languages Department and working with organizations in Boise, the United States, and around the world. For opportunities outside the World Languages department, please be sure to reach out to the contact person listed and get more information about the internship. Also arrange a time to meet with the department’s internship coordinator, Heike Henderson, to help discuss whether this opportunity may be right for you.

Important Information

  • 45 hours of work equals one academic credit
  • After personally contacting an agency listed below, if you are interested in applying for academic credit for working with one of these agencies, please contact Heike Henderson, World Languages Internship Coordinator, in L-149E.

Questions regarding internship opportunities? Please see Heike Henderson located in L-149E with your questions,

Internship Opportunities:

(1) Teaching Internships in ASL, Arabic, Basque, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Several instructors in WL are interested in having a native speaker or near native speaker of the target language serve as a intern to support activities in the classroom and in student writing skill development. Contact any WL instructor of 100 or 200-level language classes or contact Heike Henderson.

There may also be opportunities to work in the World Languages Resource Center facilitating conversation labs and/or creating materials. Please contact the WLRC Director, Amber Hoye, at for more information.

(2) Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Internship in Japan 

We are looking for students who are interested in doing an unpaid international internship related to teaching. Specifically, we are looking for interns to help undergraduate English majors in Japan improve their English. Interns will work with students in and outside of the classroom to help them academically and provide opportunities to practice English communication. Interns will also plan and create opportunities for students to use their English in nonacademic settings such as playing games, sports and other extracurricular activities.

Those interested in our program can visit for more information including testimonials from past participants. Please note that the position is ongoing. We welcome all students at American, Australian, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and United Kingdom colleges and universities irrespective of religious faith, culture and nationality.

Informational Flyer

(3) Spanish Preschool Teacher

Spanish Preschool Teacher (ages 2 – 5 years) needed for a language enrichment program located in Treasure Valley. Must be bilingual in Spanish and English. We are looking for an ENERGETIC, motivated, creative, organized, flexible and dependable individual. Must enjoy working with young children. Able to follow the curriculum, initiate lesson plans and follow through. Good communication skills in English and Spanish are required (orally and in writing) with children, staff, and parents. Seeking out childhood education majors, bilingual education majors, or Spanish majors. We are looking for someone who will become a long-term employee for an up and growing business. Please do not apply if you are unable to fit this requirement. Internship requires 90 hours for 2 academic credits. Approximately 6 hours a week. E-mail resumes to

(3) The High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

The High School Equivalency Program is looking for tutors to help their Spanish-speaking students prepare for the Spanish GED exam.  This exam covers Mathematics, Reading Sciences, Social Studies, and Writing.

This is a great opportunity to expand your vocabulary, work with native speakers and gain some teaching experience right here on campus!  Hours are VERY flexible.

If you have completed SPANISH 303 or SPANISH 313 with a grade of B or better and are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ángeles Gómez @ 426-3694 or via email,   You may also contact HEP at 426-1364; their office is located at 1105A Grant Ave.

(4) BabySteps

BabySteps is an outreach program of St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral whose mission is to welcome limited income, pregnant and parenting women and their families into a program of education and support as a primary prevention strategy to improve birth outcomes, improve the health of women and children, strengthen families and optimize every child’s developmental potential.
Nurturing Skills for Families parenting classes are offered at BabySteps on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.  NSF classes are offered to all BabySteps clients and interested parents in the Treasure Valley free of charge.  Offered weekly, NSF classes address general parenting skills and topics.  Classes are offered in English and Spanish.

Spanish speaking interns will co-facilitate and assist the primary facilitator (Olga Delgadillo) in small group activities.  Using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum (agency will provide), intern will engage in group development and discussion.  Intern will assist Director as needed with communication with Spanish speaking clients in completing forms, admission paperwork, and shopping in incentive store.

Internship Hours:  NSF classes are held weekly on Tuesdays, with volunteers generally working 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Additional hours to fulfill requirement for course can be arranged with Director.

Contact:  Diane Bawcom, LMSW, Director at

(5) Trade Office in Guadalajara, Mexico

The State of Idaho is looking for qualified candidates to fill an unpaid internship position working for the Trade Office in Guadalajara, Mexico. A complete description of the position is here. The deadline for the fall internship has been moved to Wednesday, August 28 as the internship start date is now October 1, 2013. Also note the November 1 deadline for the spring internship.

While this internship allows students an excellent opportunity to improve their professional/business level Spanish, a more-than-conversational level is required in order to carry out daily responsibilities. Students must be taking 300-level courses, if not higher.

Please contact:  Amanda N. Gibson, Market Development DivisionIdaho State Department of Agriculture, 2270 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712, Tel: (208) 332-8538, Fax: (208)

(6) For His Children- International Internship Program

For His Children Internship Program Overview


Photo from “For His Children” Site

Interns help our professional caregivers (called tías) provide care and attention to the children. This means playing with the children both in groups and one-on-one, helping during mealtimes, and pitching in with chores and activities around the Home. You might be asked to accompany the children and tías on an outing to a local park, do some grocery shopping or help supervise during swimming time in the therapy pool. You might help create a Memory Album for a child who is leaving the Home with an adoptive family or to take pictures and video for our website, newsletter or reports to our child sponsors. Interns with special skills may be assigned to aid our child psychologist, physical therapist or special education teacher. Our Ministries Coordinator, Jen, will review your application and make sure you have a fulfilling experience during your time here.

For more information, please visit the For His Children Internship Page

(7) Idaho Commerce

International Business Internships

Boise, Idaho 


  • Assist in the preparations for upcoming international Trade Promotional Events.
  • Responsible for assisting with seminars, publications, and other International Projects geared toward helping companies market and export their products and services.
  • Work with the Boise Branch Office Chief for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US & FCS) Federal Export Programs to become familiar with the US & FCS services.
  • Assist in making arrangements, scheduling business calls and developing itineraries for International Visitors from foreign government offices and businesses.


  • General computer experience: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Research skills: Internet and others

Please note:  Travel requirements:  NONE


To apply for an internship, submit the following:

  • Resumé of work, volunteer, extracurricular or other experience
  • Cover letter explaining your reason for wanting to participate in the program
  • Two letters of recommendation (if submitting by e-mail, please have author of letter e-mail directly or submit a signed copy)

Gain experience by working with a variety of companies in many different industries in a non-paid internship. 

Mail or e-mail materials to:

Idaho Department of Commerce
Attn: Karen Parnell, International Business Team
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0093
Telephone: (208) 287-3159

Deadlines for Boise applicants:

  • Fall Semester-August 1st
  • Spring Semester-December 1st
  • Summer Semester-April 15th
  • Or until filled

8 (Where are your Keys)

Where are your Keys is non profit group that is finding ways to save dying languages, by becoming fluent (or least conversant in other languages)

Rangel Int’l Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program 

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University, that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits

  • An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2019.
  • Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2019 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy in summer 2020.
  • Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2019 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

About the U.S. Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.

10) Spanish Internship Opportunity:
First Choice Home Health and Hospice

1. We have about 100 pages that need translated for our home health and
hospice admission documents. Time spent in the office or at home with files
located on our shared OneDrive. Proofread some documents to verify
accuracy and translate from scratch the other documents.
2. At the current time, we have 2-3 Spanish speaking patients. Intern could
shadow any and all staff members to the home to translate for them during
visit. Visit lasts about 1 hour. Staff to follow would be Nursing, Social Worker,
Bath Aide, Chaplain, and volunteers. Interpreter would translate staff to patient
and patient to staff.
3. Time can also be spent in staff meetings so that interpreter can stay up to date
on the patient’s case.
4. I’m open to schedule. I work Monday through Friday, as do a majority of our
staff. However, our on call RN for the weekends may have a need at times.
The documents are ok to be done at the home of the intern with reporting to
5. Minimum of 45 hours of work per internship credit.

In order to participate, student need to:
 Have successfully completed Spanish 300 Spanish for Bilinguals or Spanish 301 Conversational Spanish
 Have taken or be enrolled in Spanish 302 Spanish Grammar and Composition
 Have taken or be enrolled in Spanish 381 Intro to Court Interpretation or 382 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
 Have received at least an Advanced Low rating on their Oral Proficiency Interview