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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 2009-10, 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  http://www.indiana.edu/~spea/career_development/about_us/ex periential_education/index.shtml http://www.indiana.edu/~spea/career_development/about_us/ex periential_education/index.shtml ◦ School of Public Health  http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/careers/internshipportal.sht ml http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/careers/internshipportal.sht ml ◦ School of Informatics and Computing  http://www.soic.indiana.edu/career/internships/courses/index.sh tml http://www.soic.indiana.edu/career/internships/courses/index.sh 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:  http://globalprofession.law.indiana.edu/student- opportunities/http://globalprofession.law.indiana.edu/student- opportunities/ ◦ School of Education  http://education.indiana.edu/undergraduate/immersio n/overseas.html http://education.indiana.edu/undergraduate/immersio 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 2010-11 Data  Number of students participating in an internship was 147, a 42.72% increase from 2009-10  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  70 - 100 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 http://www.nafsa.org/resourcelibrary/default.aspx?id=8336 Office of Overseas Study Internships (Indiana University) http://www.overseas.iu.edu/programs/iuprograms/internship.shtml Career Development Center Internship courses (Indiana University) http://www.indiana.edu/~career/services/courses/q398_w499.php International Internship Program http://internships.international.wisc.edu/ International Academic Programs internships page: http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/Internships.html Sample internship course descriptions/syllabi: http://internships.international.wisc.edu/wp- content/uploads/2011/10/S320_syllabusFall2011_sample.pdf http://www.indiana.edu/~career/services/courses/q398_w499.php


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