Once you find your internship
Review the internship information in the Friedman School Policies and Procedures Manual. Make sure you know all the conditions that you'll need to meet in order to fulfill your Internship requirement.
Get your forms filled out and turned in, including:
The Internship Contract, to be completed; signed by you, your Academic Advisor, your Program Director, your Internship Site Supervisor and delivered to the Office of Student Affairs.
Traveling abroad? First, check with the Tufts University Health Services Travel Safe program for information on how to safeguard your health before, during and after your trip (including what immunizations are currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the country or countries where you'll be spending your internship). If you're not enrolled in the Tufts Student Health Insurance Plan, it's highly recommended that you make sure your current health plan covers you while traveling.
Make it official and get your papers in order. For passport and travel visa information by country, visit Travel Document Systems or other related sites.
Research where you're going. Find out more about the town, city and country where you'll be spending two or three months. Figure out what to pack—and where to explore in your time off!
Get the lowdown. Talk to interns who've already been there about their experiences and advice.
For area conflict and other political safety information, visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.
For other country-specific information—including history, current political information, currency and prices, climate and further reading—visit Lonely Planet. And don't forget Let's Go.com for budget travel tips.
Shop for travel products (mosquito nets, water filters, current adapters, etc.) online.
During your internship
Take photographs—digital if possible—to include with your final internship report and presentation. Be sure to have someone take pictures of you "on the job" so others can really see what your internship experience was like.
Keep a journal, and record what you're learning, who you're meeting and your general impressions of the internship and the organization with which you're working. This is extremely useful not only for putting together your final report and presentation but also for your own memories—not to mention contacts for future job networking! Remember, all internship experience provides something to learn from. Be sure to record the good, the bad and the ugly in your journal, both for your benefit and for the benefit of other interns who follow in your footsteps.
Stay in touch, if you have email access, with your fellow interns and your faculty advisor. Ask questions, share problems, pass along stories. This provides great support while you're away and enriches everyone's experience.
Soak it in!—Assuming it's safe and feasible, take every opportunity to explore the area you're in. If you're in another country, purchase inexpensive local items to bring back if you can—such as clothing, jewelry, music, exportable food items—to give other students an authentic sense of the people and the culture that you spent time serving. Also, if possible, bring back materials from your internship work to share with other students as part of your final presentation.
After your internship
Upon completion of your internship, you must submit the Internship Completion Form, the Internship Report and a Powerpoint presentation. Additional information will be sent via email.
Internship Completion Form