To avoid last minute panic and stress, you’ll want to start planning for the logistics of your internship as soon as possible. What needs to be done now?
- If your passport has expired or you don't have one, apply immediately. Most countries will not issue a visa unless you have 6 months of validity beyond your expected stay. Information about applying and renewing your passport can be found at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/
- Begin researching the cost of your ticket as soon as you have your internship dates.
- Double check with the Regional Director about which airport you should fly into.
- Check out online ‘discount’ travel sites but beware the limitations and restrictions of discount fares
- Contact travel agents
- Inquire about student discounts.
- Familiarize yourself with the current airport security regulations from the TSA.
Visas and Work permits
- Research visa and/or work permit requirements - ask your regional director for advice.
Immunizations and Health Preparations
- Make an appointment with the campus travel clinic and/or your personal physician.
- Read the CDC recommendations for your host country.
- Discuss not only general recommendations (ie. required vs. recommended vaccinations, etc.) but also any specific to your health. For example, some forms of Malaria prophylaxis make you prone to sunburn, or have violent reactions with alcohol, other preventative measures can interfere with medications you may be taking.
- Ensure that you have a sufficient supply of any prescription medications you are taking.
- Meet with your departmental academic advisor
- Complete your campus internship credit paperwork
- Make sure everything is in order for graduation if you will graduate shortly after your return