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1 Preparing students for international internships Presenters: Jana Čemusová, Resident Director, CIEE Center, Prague, Czech Republic Katie Saur, Assistant Director, Office of Overseas Study, Indiana University Lauren Worth, Study Abroad Advisor, International Academic Programs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2 Internships:  An internship is an opportunity to integrate career related experience into an undergraduate education by participating in planned, supervised work. The International Internship Program (IIP) identifies, cultivates and promotes high-quality internship opportunities that: o advance the professional training of UW-Madison undergraduate students; o foster global competency; and o reinforce academic learning through practical application

3  Case Study: Indiana University ◦ Large decentralized campus, multiple study abroad offices and Career Services offices ◦ Different types of internships:  Offered through the Office of Overseas Study through an existing study abroad program  Organized by IU school/college/department  Campus-wide approval process facilitated by the Office of Overseas Study (Overseas Study Advisory Council)  Non-IU internships, selected independently by students

4  Indiana University ◦ Office of Overseas Study  Largest study abroad unit  Serves approximately 2200 students each year  Offers variety of traditional study abroad programs as well as experiential learning opportunities  Internship with additional coursework  Study abroad program with internship option  All programs are for academic credit  In , 409 students participated on an academic internship

5  Multiple schools and colleges—many that require internships for some of their majors. Each school or college has a Career Services office. Some examples: ◦ Kelley School of Business Career Services  https://ucso.indiana.edu/cgi- bin/students/brochures/InternshipReportingbrochure.cfm https://ucso.indiana.edu/cgi- bin/students/brochures/InternshipReportingbrochure.cfm ◦ School of Public and Environmental Affairs  periential_education/index.shtml periential_education/index.shtml ◦ School of Public Health  ml ml ◦ School of Informatics and Computing  tml tml

6  Multiple schools and colleges—many that require internships for some of their majors. Each school or college has a Career Services office. Some examples: ◦ Maurer School of Law:  opportunities/http://globalprofession.law.indiana.edu/student- opportunities/ ◦ School of Education  n/overseas.html n/overseas.html

7  Indiana University ◦ Students can go to the Office of Overseas Study or to their Career Services office within their school or college ◦ Example:  Career Development Center: Arts and Sciences Career Services  Offers an internship course: Internship—Theory Into Practice  Resources for finding an internship:  MyIUcareers  Web Link library (online listings)  Career Interests  International Web Link Library (Going Global)  Job listings by Geographic Location  Drop-in Advising  Career Events (Global Careers events)

8  Case Study: University of Wisconsin-Madison ◦ Two Offices  International Academic Programs (IAP)  International Internship Program (IIP)

9  University of Wisconsin-Madison ◦ International Academic Programs  Largest study abroad unit  Serves approximately 1300 students each year  Offers variety of traditional study abroad programs as well as experiential learning opportunities  Intensive internships  Internship with additional coursework  Study abroad program with internship option  All programs are for academic credit

10  University of Wisconsin-Madison ◦ International Academic Programs Data  Number of students participating in an internship was 147, a 42.72% increase from  IAP offered 53 programs on which students could do internships for academic credit  The top five countries in which students participated in an internship were the United Kingdom (40), Ecuador (20), Germany (16), Australia (14), and Kenya (14).

11  University of Wisconsin-Madison ◦ International Internship Program  Newly founded office (2010)  “Identifies, cultivates, and promotes high-quality internship opportunities” for academic credit or not for credit  Builds partnerships with organization overseas or with domestic organizations with an international focus  Advises students on credit, visas, resources, etc.

12  University of Wisconsin-Madison ◦ How do IAP and IIP work together?  Share information on internship opportunities  Co-advise students  Joint orientation  IIP does the bulk of initial advising and works with the organization on application  IAP maintains student record, academic information, and serves as emergency contact  Worldwide Internship Program

13  Indiana University ◦ Office of Overseas Study  Generally, students receive FRST-F 400 as the IU equivalency for the internship course on Office of Overseas Study coursework.  Students may also arrange for their academic department to evaluate the course to see if different credit can be awarded. ◦ Career Development Center: Arts and Sciences Career Services  If students find an internship independently and cannot earn credit through their academic department, they can apply to take ASCS-Q398  Must meet minimum number of hours associated with credit hour enrollment (1 credit hour = at least 50 hours worked; 2 credit hours = at least 100 hours worked; 3 credit hours = at least 150 hours worked).  On-line system to keep track of weekly hours worked  Write weekly blogs  Final paper—longer reflection piece  Evaluation of site supervisor and evaluation of student  W498/W499: Non-credit courses to maintain half-time or full-time status

14  University of Wisconsin-Madison ◦ Worldwide Internship Program  Online 3-credit course offered spring, fall & summer  Includes tuition, insurance, and emergency support  Focus on internship reflection with focus on cross- cultural work environment  Internship must be at least 4 weeks long, 96 hours of work on site  Additional 3-credit directed study with a UW- Madison professor also possible

15  CIEE Center Prague  3-credit course offered in spring & fall  Home institution approval before coming to Prague  hours on site with an internship sponsor  Weekly classes  Individual meetings with the Academic Advisor  Meetings with the Mentors  Working on academic assignments  Research project (of 15 – 20 pages)  Key players : CIEE Internship Supervisor,The On-Site Course Instructor or Academic Advisor for a specific internship assignment, The Internship Sponsor, The Mentor

16 Other study abroad offices/coordinators on- campus if you are decentralized Career Services o Involve early on o Work with career services to include international internships o Listservs o Joint information sessions Student Groups o Internationally-themed groups o Service focused groups Providers

17  Office of Overseas Study ◦ Assistance with application process (Resume/CV, crafting internship statement) ◦ Advising process with the Office of Overseas Study and student’s academic advisor ◦ Visa advising ◦ General and program-specific orientation  Career Services offices ◦ Varies from school/college, students can meet with faculty member or career advisor ◦ Many schools/colleges have on-line application process ◦ Campus-wide Study Abroad Working group looking at student services for international internships

18  University of Wisconsin-Madison ◦ IAP General handbook and IIP Handbook ◦ Joint in-person orientation  Course information  Technology overview  Health and Safety  Finances  Working in different cultures

19  What are on-site staff and internship supervisors looking for when students apply?  Flexibility  Skills  Previous experience  Major/minor  Personal interview on-site

20  To be able to observe Czech working environment and report on its characteristics.  To describe the institution/organization position, its role and impact on the context of other institutions in the field.  To demonstrate in-depth intellectual pursuit of the topic of choice related to applied knowledge in the area of expertise of internship placement.  To compare and contrast team work and working style differences between US and CR.

21  Academic Subject Areas  Human rights International relations Political sciences PR Education Film  Research  Editing  Teaching  Presentations

22  Work experience  Intercultural cooperation  Communication skills  Resume enhancement  Professional contacts abroad  Amplifying independency

23  CIEE Center Prague  Pre-departure:  Home institution approval  Position pre-selection (on-line list of positions, descriptions, requirements) – cover letter  Resume On-site: Intro session with Internship Supervisor Interview with site supervisors – final placement

24 Work, Internships and Volunteering Abroad group Office of Overseas Study Internships (Indiana University) Career Development Center Internship courses (Indiana University) International Internship Program International Academic Programs internships page: Sample internship course descriptions/syllabi: content/uploads/2011/10/S320_syllabusFall2011_sample.pdf


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