Approved Virtual Internship Provider: Border Studies Remote Internships

Virtual Border Studies Program

During this time of a global pandemic, traveling to Tucson and exploring the U.S./Mexico Borderlands region is not practical. Given the current travel limitations, the Border Studies Program has decided to offer remote learning opportunities so that students interested in topics such as transnational migration, neo-liberal globalization, ethnic and gender studies, indigenous resistance, border militarization, language justice, community resilience, and social justice struggles may still engage with and learn about this unique region.


Remote Internships

In addition to some online courses (see the Earlham College class schedule for fall semester 2020), the Border Studies Program faculty will be offering remote internships throughout the entire 14-week semester. The internship includes a placement with an organization focusing on one or more of the issues above and located in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands region or in southern Mexico. Placements are for six hours per week (10 hours per week for Bonner Scholars), and there will also be occasional class sessions for all interns on Friday afternoons (2:00 to 4:00 Eastern time).

Internships are available in both English or Spanish. Those who wish to intern in Spanish must have completed at least SPAN 202 or have the equivalent abilities, and higher levels of fluency are preferred. Those who wish to be placed in Spanish-speaking internships will write application essays in Spanish and have their interview conducted in Spanish.

Application Process

Interested students will apply in this online application. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Complete the online application. The application components include:

  • a few questionnaires
  • a document to read and sign
  • for those seeking an internship, a resume and a few short essays

2. The Virtual Border Studies Program staff will screen your application. Once an initial decision is made, you will be notified.

3. Applicants will also be interviewed by the prospective supervisor at the proposed internship site organization.

4. Once approved for the VBSP internships, you will also complete the EPIC Advantage funding application if you would like to use your one EPIC Advantage award for this experience.


Funding Process

Earlham students may access the remote internships in one of three ways:

  • As a self-funded experience (the program fee is $2000);
  • As your EPIC Advantage-funded career-discerning experience (no cost); or
  • As a Bonner Scholars community-engagement placement for fall 2020 (no cost).

(Note: For Bonner Scholars who choose the Virtual Border Studies Program as their Bonner engagement, the placement does not count as using your EPIC Advantage award.)

If you plan to use your EPIC Advantage funding you must complete the application for funding HERE.



The program is offering a remote internship placement and course, for which students may earn either 0 credits (if credit is not needed) or 2 semester credits. The course number is EPIC 481.

Internship placements will be available with a variety of nonprofits, justice organizations, and other partners in Tucson, in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands region, and in Mexico. Most placements will be English-language assignments, but students with fluency in Spanish may also opt to complete an internship conducted in Spanish.

Up-to-date list of fall 2020 internship opportunities

Internships will run throughout the 14-week semester, from August 10 to November 20, 2020.

Placements will include 6 hours of engagement per week. (A limited number of spots is available for Bonner Scholars who need 10 hours of engagement per week.) In addition, the full intern group will meet on some Friday afternoons for discussion sections and debriefing. A few written assignments will be required for those seeking credit.

Note: Per Bonner Foundation policy, Bonner Scholars may not earn credit for fall or spring semester placements. As such, all students choosing to participate as Bonner Scholars will be registered for the 0-credit course.



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Approved Third Party Internship Provider