The objective of the English Language and Culture Externship is to prepare Mets players at their Academy in Boca Chica with the requisite English language skills and a sufficient knowledge about life in the United States so that they are equipped to live and work at the Mets minor league complex during spring training and, for those who are assigned to minor league affiliates, in the various communities in which those affiliates are located.
USF students will be not only teaching functional English skills and about American culture, but will be functioning in a leadership capacity through service at the Academy and community service projects.
Who Can Participate?
Junior/Senior-status students with a min. of 12 hours completed at USF; GPA min. 2.5.
Enrolled and in good standing with USF; taking on-line courses for the program term.
Spanish is not required, but is beneficial and may be preferred in some cases.
A high-level of English fluency is required; International students are welcome.
Students must commit to and complete all required steps for pre-departure.
A high-level of personal responsibility and maturity is required.
Good candidates will be independent, flexible, responsible, positive team-mates, and possess qualities of leadership, integrity, and “Bull Pride.” Students may come from a variety of majors such as but not limited to: Honors, Education, Communications, Public Service, Public Health, International Business, or Sports and Entertainment Management.
How to Apply
The following is required to be considered for admission into this program:
Students must apply through Lynn Chisholm, Director of Internships and Career Readiness, to be selected for this limited access program. Please contact Ms. Chisholm to learn more about the program and how to fulfill application requirements.
Students must register for travel with Education Abroad for risk and security purposes. To get started, click "Apply Now" at the top of this page.
Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
NY Mets Baseball Academy
Two course options are available:
IDS 3947 - Cooperative Internship (0 - 6 credits)
FLE 4370 – FL Practicum (3 credits)
Travel and room and meals at the Academy are covered by the Mets; a small stipend is provided for the student’s incidental expenses; additional personal spending money is the responsibility of the student.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding
Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.
Health and Safety
Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Students reside in an apartment on the Academy campus, which provides a small kitchen, common space with satellite TV and Wi-Fi, three bedrooms and three baths (2 students will share a room). Maid service is provided and the campus provides 24/7 security.
The students will fly together to the DR along with one of the USF Program Administrators (flight details TBD); transportation is provided from the Santo Domingo, DR airport to the Academy by the Mets.
Faculty and Contacts
Director of Internships and Career Readiness
Career Services, Student Affairs