Capstone Experience

Each master's degree candidate in the School of International Affairs chooses a capstone experience that is either a master's paper or a supervised internship placement. By authoring a master's paper, the student integrates and illustrates mastery of the subject matter of the student's curricular emphasis and may undertake original research. For more information, review the Master's Paper Guidelines in the Student Academic Handbook.

Internships are supervised professional placements in which students experience the integration of their curricular studies in a professional environment. Penn State's School of International Affairs has placed interns on several continents and in many professional environments including the United Nations, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact the Director of Career Services, and review the Internship Guidelines in the Student Academic Handbook.