To effectively train the next generation of agricultural professionals, universities must provide an education that recognizes the global nature of today’s societies and develops the skills needed to address issues that are multidisciplinary, diverse and complex. U.S. institutions must see opportunities to embrace globalization through learning, scholarship and engagement. These opportunities occur through the internationalization of curriculum by offering opportunities for faculty and students to participate in international research and educational programs. It is important, however, to look beyond international student internships simply as work experiences. Rather, the hallmark of international agricultural internships is the concept of applied academics, wherein internships are designed to help the student gain a clearer perspective of a set of core and discipline specific competencies that are transferable to any work or career setting.