Buckman International Internships


Mertie Buckman International Internship Program


Initiated in 1994 by a generous gift of the Buckman family, the Mertie W. Buckman International Internship Program provides the opportunity for 2-4 outstanding students majoring in International Studies (I.S.) at Rhodes to work abroad during an eight week period in the summer months. In addition to the work experience, Buckman Interns are provided with a stipend to use for cultural enrichment while abroad. This program is coordinated by faculty members from the I.S. department and the Director of Career Services. The program covers the cost of airfare and accommodations while living abroad, tuition costs (3 hours of Rhodes credit), and expenses for one-week of travel abroad. The amount allotted for each of these expenses will be determined by the program coordinators.

The Buckman Internship program has sent students to the following sites in recent years: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Peru, Spain. Students interested in these sites should possess the appropriate language training and specify their desired sites on the application form and in the letter of application. In addition, if a student has an alternative internship location in mind (and have reliable contacts there), this preference should be indicated in the letter of application. Though efforts will be made by the program coordinators to accommodate requests for an additional site, priority may be given to students desiring to go to sites with existing contacts.

Student Qualifications

Qualified applicants will be rising junior or senior International Studies majors (including International Studies related interdisciplinary majors) with a minimum overall and major g.p.a. of 3.3 and relevant foreign language skills. In order to be considered, students must submit a formal letter of application, one copy of his/her resume, two completed recommendation forms, a language evaluation form, and a signed “Release of Liability” form by the stated deadline date. Applications can be picked up in the International Studies office at any time. The application deadline date is Friday October 21st at 12:00 p.m.

The program coordinators will review all applications and select candidates for the interview process. Interviews will take place in early November. After the interviews are completed, students will be notified in writing as to the outcome.

Program Coordinators

Professor Steve Ceccoli, Department of International Studies, Rhodes College, 109 Buckman Hall, ceccoli@rhodes.edu, phone: 843-3622
Sandi George Tracy, Director of Career Services, tracy@rhodes.edu, phone: 843-3800