Study Abroad in Prague with IFSA

IFSA Summer Internships in Prague

Program Overview

Complete your summer internship in the lively and affordable European capital city of Prague, where you have easy access to surrounding countries and endless opportunities within the city itself. Gain global work experience with a start-up, NGO, or foreign-owned business, and build marketable skills as you interact with people from multiple cultures. Meanwhile, explore all Prague has to offer without breaking the bank.

Add an optional elective class in either one or both sessions and earn extra credits toward your degree.

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

March 15

Minimum GPA

2.00

Credit load

3 - 10

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

Some placements may require previous Czech language experience

Academics

Enhance your learning and develop marketable skills with an eight-week Summer Internship in Prague.

Essential Czech 

If you’ve never studied Czech before, you’ll take this introductory seminar taught intensively at the beginning of your summer session to complement the IFSA internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom—and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life in Prague. (1 U.S. semester credit hour)

International Internship Seminar 

All internships include participation in the International Internship Seminar, which uses a blended learning framework with online and in-person components. Online modules provide structured opportunities to reflect on the practical experience of the internship, learn more about your host country’s business culture, and further develop the professional skills needed for a successful transition from undergraduate coursework into a career or graduate school. Plus, you will engage with an online global cohort of IFSA internship participants, gaining exposure to business cultures around the world. At your IFSA location, you will meet in-person with fellow interns to participate in exclusive field visits, learn from guest speakers about working across cultures, and attend workshops on leveraging your strengths for your future job search at home or abroad. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

OPTIONAL CLASSES

You may enroll in one additional class per four-week session. All classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours and a supplemental fee is applicable per class.

SESSION 1 CLASS

Architecture and Design in Prague: From Fairytale Castles to Communist Blocks

The class introduces the European artistic architecture and design of the Czech capital. By examining artists, architects, and their works, students acquire a deeper understanding of the city’s character and how patronage, power, and politics have shaped the urban landscape. The class covers the periods of European architectural development from medieval to modern, distinguishing the various artistic styles and movements; the ways in which architects and designers conform to, or disrupt, artistic conventions; and how their work reflects and even influences the social and political dynamics of the city. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

SESSION 2 CLASS

Computer Games Culture and Industry

This class explores the computer and video games industry from an interdisciplinary critical culture and creative industry lens, with readings, resources, classes, guest speakers, and site visits focusing on the intersection of business and culture in the computer games industry. From mass culture multi-national corporations through to smaller ‘indie’ games developers, this class examines the evolving structure of the computer games industry with an in-depth exploration of industry innovation, investment, changing demographics, and cultural appeal and implications. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)

PLACEMENT PROCESS

Once you submit your application, including your resume and an IFSA Internship Intent Form, our experienced advisors will connect with you individually to identify your professional strengths, review your goals, and refine your internship interests. We will also provide internship preparation resources and interviewing tips to further set you up for success.

Our team will match you with meaningful and credible internship opportunities tailored to your interests, strengths, and background. You will interview with your internship match before your placement is confirmed. Keep in mind, final placements are highly dependent on the prior experiences and skills you may have to offer, availability of companies, and the local environment for these positions.

PLACEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Interns are engaged for 15 or more hours per week with their host organization. All internships are credit-bearing and unpaid opportunities. Interns are jointly supervised by a site supervisor and seminar instructor, and coordinated by IFSA resident staff.

The following list showcases the variety of potential internship opportunities in Prague. While some of these internship opportunities may be available for upcoming terms, internship placements do vary from term to term. We will work with you individually to identify a placement that meets your unique personal, academic, and professional goals.

Placements are conducted in English, unless otherwise noted. If you have at least four semesters of Czech language experience, ask your IFSA Admissions Counselor about opportunities to conduct your placement in Czech.

Organization: This coaching institution shows artists how to step into their power so they can create art they’ll love and create the kind of world in which they want to live.

Subject Areas: Business, Communications, Marketing

Potential Projects: As an intern, you can assist with operations management, support community management and social media, conduct marketing research, advise on marketing strategies, or develop website content.

Language: English

Organization: This non-profit, human rights organization works to protect the rights of foreigners in the Czech Republic.

Subject Areas: Communications

Potential Projects: You will engage in international research and write reports to support the fair migration policy project.

Language: English

Organization: The mission of this U.S. not-for-profit institute, based in Prague, is to advance the rule of law in the world. It works to protect fundamental rights and individual liberties; promote transparent, incorruptible, accountable governments; lay the foundation for economic opportunity and growth; and encourage peaceful resolution of disputes.

Subject Areas: Communications, Law/Legal Studies, Public Relations,

Potential Projects: As an intern you may collaborate on event organization, write research reports, and producing and editing content for the institute’s local and international activities.

Language: English

Organization: This independent consulting firm, based in Switzerland with a branch office in Prague, provides technology consulting guidance, services, and solutions to more than 1,000 businesses worldwide.

Subject Areas: Business, Computer Science, Human Resources, Marketing

Potential Projects: As an intern you may work in Human Resources assisting with recruitment support; in Marketing supporting communication management market analysis; in Computing reviewing code and helping with in-house software development; or in Finance helping with basic account and payroll services.

Language: English

Organization: This school, one of the largest language services in Prague and the Czech Republic, serves more than 140 corporate clients providing in-company language training programs and independent language testing. In addition, it provides foreign language courses for the public, including private lessons and semester-long classes for groups.

Subject Areas: Communications, Information Technology, Marketing, Teaching English as a Second Language

Potential Projects: You may review marketing strategies and a campaign for a teacher-training program; produce, edit, and review content for international target audiences in various media; assist with reestablishing alumni engagement; help create a pilot English as a Foreign Language teaching program; or develop strategy for implementing a new remote learning program.

Language: English

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

Not required.

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TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t our control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.

Activities

  • Tour of Historic Prague: Let yourself be smitten by the beautiful historic downtown and learn about the story of a nation throughout 700 years of history.
  • Farmer’s Market: Join the social event of Saturday market shopping among locals, partly guided, partly for you to explore the smells, sounds, shapes, and colors of local products. And, of course, there’ll be a tasting!
  • Prague’s Story through Architecture: Your first dip into the local history will prepare you for wandering the streets of Prague with new appreciation and cultural awareness.
  • Cookout with Czech Peers: It is hard to meet Czechs among the tourist crowds of summertime. This activity is a great opportunity for you to do just that – and get a few tips and insights from locals. Plus, youll fall in love with chlebíčky (open-faced sandwiches).
Excursions
  • Karlštejn Castle Tour: Just an hour outside of Prague, explore this jewel of a 14th century Gothic castle and spend the day enjoying the countryside.
  • Scenic Brewery Visit: Enjoy a short hike in Prague’s countryside to visit a brewery and tour one of the stars of the traditional beer-making industry (Únětice)!

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat

Meals

Self-Catering

Details

You will live in centrally located, fully furnished flats in Prague. You will have a single bedroom but will share a bathroom. Apartments are located in beautiful historic buildings and include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven, and stovetop. There is no meal plan for this program. You will purchase your meals or cook for yourself.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Summer 2023

May 29, 2023

July 21, 2023

$6,475

March 15

Term

Summer 2023

Term begins

May 29, 2023

Term ends

July 21, 2023

Program costs

$6,475

Application deadline

March 15

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