Global Programs: Graduates

IAESTE Internship Placement Program

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) provides students in technical degrees with paid, course-related, traineeship abroad. Founded in 1948, IAESTE now involves more than 80 countries and exchanges over 4000 traineeships each year globally. Students enrolled full time in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science, engineering, technology and applied arts can apply for short (8-12 weeks during the summer) or long term traineeships. Candidates must be between the ages of 19-30. Applications must be submitted through IAESTE country offices.

Agencies Involved: International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

Key Dates: Application deadlines are Sept-Dec each year for the following year

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 16th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply.  

Agencies Involved: National Academies of Science (NAS)

Key Dates: September 5, 2013


International Agricultural Internship Program

U.S citizens currently enrolled or accepted in a graduate program with a GPA of 3.3 or higher can apply for this opportunity to work at a Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) post overseas. Their concentration must be in a relevant field such as agricultural science or economics, business, law or international relations. The candidates must have the ability to pass a U.S government background check, whose costs will be covered by FAS.

Agencies Involved: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service.

Key Dates: For the summer program running from May-September 2012, the applications closed on January 20, 2012. For 2013 check the website for latest information.


The Whitaker International Summer Program

This program provides funding for U.S. bioengineers and biomedical engineers to continue their existing Master’s or PhD work abroad through individually arranged research, industry internships or relevant coursework under a mentor. Grantees must hold an undergraduate degree at the start of the award period or be a recent recipient of an MS degree in biomedical engineering (BME) or be enrolled in a BME or BME-related graduate program. Summer grantees go abroad for 8 weeks (between June 1 and August 31)

Agencies Involved: The Whitaker Foundation and the Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Applications must be submitted by the first Monday in February. The 2013 applications are open and the submission deadline is February 4, 2013.


Whitaker International Fellows Program

This program provides funding for U.S. biomedical engineers to go abroad for conducting academic or scientific research, pursuing coursework or interning in an industrial or non-profit setting. Grantees must hold an undergraduate degree at the start of the award period or be enrolled in or recently completed a Master’s degree or be in a PhD program or be currently employed with the most recent degree being no higher than an MS. The duration for this program is one academic year (9-12 months).

Agencies Involved: The Whitaker Foundation and the Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: Applications must be submitted by the third Monday in January. Award schedules vary, but usually begin between August 1 and October 1.


UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships Programme for Young Women in Life Sciences

15 awards are given annually to young female scientists to conduct training and research at laboratories overseas for one year. Candidates must be no older than 35 and must be studying at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology. Applications must be endorsed by The National Commission. Direct applications not accepted.

Agencies Involved: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), L’Oreal

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.