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  • Locations: Any, Any
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: NIU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Internships Program Type: Faculty Directed, Internship Abroad
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Home Stay, Other
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language Prerequisite: No
Program Description:

Global Internship Program



Faculty Director:
Renique Kersh, Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Anne Hanley, Department of History
Todd Gilson, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Program Overview

PROGRAM OVERVIEW/OBJECTIVES:  The primary purpose of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an immersive international internship experience, leaving participants better prepared to understand and engage with local communities during their time abroad.
  • Learn through dialogue and human relationships and will thoughtfully consider and begin to understand the needs and capacity of diverse global communities.
  • Articulate why it’s important to go beyond the “urge to help others” or “experience a new culture”, but instead, ask questions, confront their context, explore deeply, build committed relationships, be challenged and articulate how what they learned informs their future as a socially responsible citizen.

To download a full PDF of the program description please click:  Omprakash 2017.pdf.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 1 semester hour of undergraduate for the pre-departure course and 3 semester hours for the identified internship course.  The Study Abroad Office will register students for these courses for the Summer 2017 session.

INTL 201  Study Abroad Programs:   Omprakash Global Internship and Leadership Program                                           1 semester hour
Description:  This 1-credit hour hybrid pre-departure course will serve as the preparatory course for students interested in engaging in a global internship as part of the NIU Global Internship Program.  In face-to-face meetings students engage in critical reflection, presentations about internship sites and the surrounding communities, discussion around topics like voluntourism, community needs, community-based participatory research and service and global scholarship. We will also spend time discussing the logistics of travel.


Internship                                            3 semester hours
Description:  Students will engage in an NIU-Omprakash internship and leadership development experience.  Upon completion of the internship experience, students will be expected to publish a final ‘Capstone Project’ within the customized NIU online learning space curated by Omprakash.  Students will also present a poster version of their Capstone upon their arrival to NIU.
Procedure:  Students must contact their advisor and/or major department in order to discuss internship course options in their major and to obtain internship course approval.  Internship courses require an instructor of record so please make an appointment with the faculty member who will serve as the instructor of record for your internship course. 

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Student Life

The program cost does not cover accommodation, food, airfare, visas, vaccinations or any other cost related to the specific position. These additional costs are the student’s responsibility.  Costs will vary depending on intended location and duration of stay. More information about specific costs can be found on each Omprakash Partner’s profile (  Housing will vary depending upon the internship site for which students are selected.  Students will work directly with Omprakash Partners to secure housing which may vary from homestays to on-site accommodations.  When browsing Omprakash Partner organizations and deciding where to seek out an internship, students will be able to read about accommodation details for each Partner.  Omprakash provides support throughout this process within the EdGE online classroom and logistics section.   

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Application Information

APPLICATION: Click 'Apply Now' to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program. More detailed instructions can be found in the application.

$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline.
 The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions regarding the application fee/deposit can be found on the seminar application website.
IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.  
APPLICATION DEADLINE:   February 15, 2017Extended to March 1, 2017

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Space is limited. Qualified applicants will be interviewed after the application deadline.  Decisions on acceptance into the program will be determined shortly thereafter.  The program is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in at NIU.  All majors are welcome.  Omprakash provides internship opportunities that are specific to all NIU majors, minors and pathways.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.
Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.(Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.
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Program Fees

NIU  PROGRAM  COST:   The program cost pays for the following cost related services:
1)     Omprakash fee
2)     International Student I.D.
3)     NIU undergraduate credit
4)     NIU major medical insurance and additional Omprakash Insurance 
PROGRAM  COST:  $1,685*
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
  • Study Abroad Program Charge
  • Instructional Cost
  • NIU Student Medical Insurance
  • NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee
All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
  • Airfare
  • Housing and meals.
  • Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $130, including 2 passport pictures).
  • Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa.
  • Immunization fees (if immunizations are required)
  • Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
  • Expenses for free-time pursuits.
  • Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.
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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Tim Condon, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM  THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after February 15, 2017 will not be refunded the NIU $200 program application fee/deposit.
In addition to the NIU withdrawal penalty, applicants withdrawing from the program will be subject to withdrawal penalties imposed by Omprakash, and will be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  If an applicant withdraws before March 15 the Omprakash withdrawal penalty will be $250.  If an applicant withdraws after March 15 the Omprakash withdrawal penalty will be $750.  Penalties involving overseas vendors will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  These provisions are in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.
If the applicant must withdraw after February 15, 2017 for medical reasons, withdrawal penalties will be reviewed for consideration if:
  1. The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
  2. NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Mexico, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Mexico, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.
The information contained in the program documents and forms are presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.  

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Passport/Visa Information

PASSPORT: --IMPORTANT--All participants are required to possess a valid passport by February 15, 2017. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program. Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website:  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas. 

VISA:  A valid passport is required in order to obtain a visa to enter the designated internship country.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program.   Omprakash will assist students with visa applications.

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.