IIB Office Intern

This position starts January 2023 and offers the opportunity to get hands-on experience with office procedures and interaction with diverse populations in international business. Intern responsibilities include the coordination of activities for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, developing marketing and outreach materials, accommodating international visitors to the Iowa City area, and assisting with day-to-day office operations.

The Institute for International Business fosters a welcoming environment by working collaboratively as a team. Interns interact daily with the IIB Director, Associate Director, and Program Coordinator. This paid internship has flexible hours between Monday-Friday 8 AM – 5 PM for 10-15 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week in the summer. We are looking for someone who has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is detail-oriented, and exudes cultural intelligence. If this position interests you, please email your resume and cover letter to


Gain first-hand knowledge of the business environment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Network with international business professionals. Acquire and practice the skills of cross-cultural competency and communication and improve your global mindset. Recognize some of the contemporary macro business issues of globalization. Students can experience all of this and more by participating in this exciting opportunity.

This virtual internship will pair a UI student with a company in Africa owned by a UI Mandela Washington Fellow. This opportunity is paid through an award given to your UBill. Student interns will work as remote consultants for the chosen company on a particular project under the mentorship of the instruction of UI Faculty. Internships are 8-10 weeks long and start in June.

Interns can expect a time commitment of up to 20 hours per week, and will provide Fellows and their affiliated companies/institutions with ongoing support in areas such as conducting and interpreting results of customer discovery, defining business models, developing a marketing plan, creating professional networks and social media profiles and plans, conducting market research, building financial models, designing HR procedures, etc.

Steps for Student Intern Application
1. Complete the appropriate Internship Enrollment Request form (links below)

Summer 2023 registration:



Requests for summer enrollment will be accepted until May 1, 2023. Enrollment requests received after that date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the course instructor.

2. Response to your request

All applicants will receive a response by May 5, 2023. IIB staff will match selected interns with a host company based on interests and qualifications, and inform participants by May 20, 2023.

  • If your request is approved, you will be given registration instructions for MyUI. You must enroll prior to the registration deadline for that academic term. All undergraduate students participating in this experience must register for BUS:3100(0EXV). This internship is eligible for Tippie RISE.
  • If a decision cannot be reached based on the form responses or your responses raise concerns, you may be asked to provide additional details.
  • If your request is denied, you will receive an explanation and can make a new request if details of the internship change.

Note: Undergraduate students may also complete this experience by registering for ENTR:4900:0IND, which is a 3 credit-hour option, and tuition rates apply.


Are you a Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni interested in hosting an African Business Innovators virtual internship? Please fill out this brief questionnaire regarding how a University of Iowa student intern can help your business, and you will be contacted by an IIB staff member for further information.



The past decade has brought with it an incredible global interconnectedness and boundless opportunities for businesses that seek to expand their markets across international borders. To harness the opportunities being presented by entering global markets, Iowa companies must engage in a series of analysis to understand their mechanisms for strategic leverage.

The Iowa International Business Internship is an opportunity for University of Iowa students to gain experience in areas such as: international marketing outreach, global operations, international communications, international supply chain and international market analysis and research, and more.

Interns will interview directly with Iowa companies and be selected based on a matching of their interests with the specific needs of the company. Internship will be 8-10 weeks, ~20 hours per week, and will be compensated at $14.50/hour unless otherwise noted in the position description. These internships are eligible for Tippie RISE - follow the steps to register for BUS:3100:0EXW.

Iowa International Business Internship positions are listed below, the list is updated frequently so check back for more opportunities as they arrive. Students selected for an Iowa International Business, please follow the links for more information about each available position and how to apply for your summer internship today.

Please email your resume and tailored cover letter to IIB Program Coordinator Jayne Meacham for each of the Iowa International Business Internship opportunities you are interested in, unless the company has their own intake for their internship.

A list of companies offering internships will be updated frequently. Please check back.