Intercultural Studies Internships
This essential experience gives ICS majors a foundational context for communicating and ministering across cultures.
ICS internships can be completed in a variety of ways depending on the goals of the student. The Christian Ministries Department partners with other organizations to provide the following types of ICS internship experiences:
These are overseas mission trips led by a Northwestern professor, during which students visit and explore a variety of ministries, cultures, countries, and religious groups. In order to provide significant cross-cultural and service-learning experience, these trips normally last at least three weeks.
Students may also choose to do an Independent Internship in an area of their choice, as long as it fits the course criteria. The Christian Ministries Department is developing relationships with a variety of international and domestic missions and nonprofit organizations through whom these internships can be completed. This internship needs to be pre-arranged with the Intercultural Studies professors and it must be approved by the Department Chair.
ICS Immersion Courses
Select courses are delivered through immersion learning experiences. Our Urban Community Development course is normally delivered in an intensive format at an urban ministry site and delivered in urban and international contexts. The ICS major provides opportunities for students to engage in service learning through cross-cultural experience and immersion learning. Our Relief and Development course is also offered at a domestic or international site.
Northwestern is a member of the CCCU, which provides a diverse array of off-campus study programs available to qualified juniors and seniors. Learn more about an internship with Students International in Costa Rica. This internship needs to be pre-arranged with the Intercultural Studies professors and it must be approved by the Department Chair.
2020 ICS Trip: Cambodia, The Philippines, Thailand, and Japan
The Spring 2020 Intercultural Studies Internship Team traveled to four countries in Asia gaining cross-cultural experiences and putting into practice classroom knowledge. Check out the UNW Intercultural Excusions blog. The Team left in January and returned in early March.
Past ICS internships
Areas visited in previous trips: Tel Aviv, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific Rim.