The Program

Students participating in the Boston program take two one-credit courses and participate in a 32-hour-a-week internship. Internship projects provide a unique, credit-bearing learning experience where participants have the chance to gain valuable skills, make a significant contribution to a work place, learn more about an area of study and build a network of professional contacts. Education, finance, healthcare, high tech and tourism are strengths in Boston. Other areas of note are biotech, community organizations, hospitality, mutual funds, state or local government and trade. While the management consulting and legal sectors are robust in Boston, internships in those fields typically require specific skill sets and a distinct academic background. There are not many manufacturing or industrial-based companies in Boston and most international NGOs have U.S. operations elsewhere. Students should note that Boston's economy is service-oriented and 85% of all jobs are in the services sector. Given that internships are located throughout the Greater Boston Area, students should be prepared for varying lengths of commute via public transportation. Past interns have found particularly rewarding experiences in small- to mid-size organizations such as marketing/communications agencies, IT start-ups and boutique investment management firms.


Please note: for students attending the Boston program, a 3-credit course load is permissible by the Colleges and will be considered full-time for financial aid and insurance purposes. Students who prefer or require 4 course credits are permitted to enroll in an independent study course (see below).

Integrative Seminar: Organizational Theory and Practice (1 credit)
This course is designed to foster critical reflection on the internship project through the examination of organizational theories.

Places in the Heart: The Sociology of Community (1 credit)
This course examines the cultures of Boston's communities and how they integrate into a dynamic whole.

Internship (1 credit)
Students will work with the internship coordinator to choose an appropriate internship. This process will take place after the student is accepted to the program. Each student will identify an HWS faculty sponsor in the appropriate subject area who will help them formulate academic objectives for the internship and will set any applicable academic assignments. The internship involves 32 hours a week at a work site as well as any additional requirements to be determined with the faculty sponsor.

(optional) Independent Study (1 credit)
Students requiring a fourth course credit are encouraged to design an independent study project to be executed on site in Boston. This project will be designed in advance by the student and a faculty member on the HWS campus.

Academic Focus

The Boston program is open to students of any major who wish to take part in an internship.


To be eligible for this program, you must be at least a second semester sophomore or above when the program starts and be in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 2.7. Due to the challenging nature of off-campus study, student academic and disciplinary records will be carefully screened.


Students will reside in apartments in Boston. The apartments are fully furnished and include utilities. Although the location of the apartments vary, in the past students have lived in Cambridge, close to Harvard Square. Apartments are within walking distance of the subway.

Off-campus programs with the CGE

Students will be charged standard HWS tuition and room fees plus a $500 administrative fee. This will cover two one-credit courses, a one-credit internship and housing costs. Note that no HWS board fee (currently $2400) is charged. Students should plan to bring or have available money to cover meal expenses in Boston. Additional expenses not covered include travel to/from Boston, books and personal expenses (laundry, entertainment, local ground transportation and independent travel). It is difficult to give an accurate estimate of personal expenses because student spending habits differ considerably. We would suggest a minimum of $1,300 in addition to money for food. However, students on a tight budget should be able to manage with less. If you are concerned about finances, we strongly encourage you to talk to the CGE staff who can offer information and advice based on your specific situation.


  • This program is offered every semester.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office at selected dates in October and March.
  • For specific date contact the CGE.

NOTE: The information contained in this brochure is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.



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