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1 2013 Flinders University Internship Programs in the United States

2 Topics Covered 1. Introduction-Who is the AIC? 2. Program Overview 3. Internship Experience 4. City Information 5. The Placement and Visa Process 6. Academics 7. Next steps

3 Introduction Academic Internship Council Programs Not-for-profit academic study abroad/away organization Drawing from nearly 30 years of experience Work with a wide variety of industry areas Provide assistance with resume review, interviewing skills, professional context and support during the program Staff and Internship teams in: New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Singapore

4 Program Overview January 13 – February 23, 2013 (note updated dates) Orientation Activities Six week internship, full-time, roughly 40 hours a week Monday- Friday Visa Services Professional development components Orientation and cultural activities Housing Full-time on-site support and emergency assistance

5 Program Overview You can think of the program in the following way: Equal parts Exploring and living in New York City or San Francisco Experiencing a US Workplace The internship itself

6 What is an Internship? Defined as: A that exposes a student to responsibilities in a career field of interest. short-term, a cademic, supervised, Practical work experience

7 What is an Internship? This short-term, generally unpaid experience, will allow you to try out a job to see if it’s what you’d like to do in the future…or not! It will also give you an opportunity to experience the US workplace; the similarities and differences between the US and home.

8 Why an internship in the U.S.A.? Potential benefits include: Exposure to US culture and work environments Increased knowledge of global community Larger professional network New perspective on your academic, career, and personal life goals

9 Hub for global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, international affairs and entertainment. It is also home to a number of non-profit, technology, and educational organizations. About New York City

10 Visit major sites like Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, the Museum of Modern Art, the Bronx Zoo and Central Park. About New York City See a Broadway show, walk on the Brooklyn Bridge, eat a slice of NYC pizza There is always something to do…

11 Participate in a subway/bus tour, walking tours of specific neighborhoods, ice skating, and trying NYC treats! About New York City On their own, past students have… As part of the program… Attended concerts at various musical venues, seen Broadway shows, visited museums, and did lots of shopping

12 Hub for technology, commerce, media, finance, culture, art, fashion, international affairs and healthy living. It is also home to a large number of non-profit, environmental and educational organizations. About San Francisco

13 Visit major sites like: Pier 39, Union Square, Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Chinatown, the Exploratorium and Golden Gate Park. About San Francisco Explore other Northern California destinations like Santa Cruz, Sausalito, Monterrey or San Jose. There are many things to do…

14 Participate in a city tour, visit Lucas Films, spend time in Napa and Sonoma Valley, and explore the Berkeley neighborhood. About San Francisco On their own, past students have… As part of the program… Attended improv comedy events, hiked in National Parks, visited graduate schools, and did lots of shopping

15 Double rooms with common kitchen and bathroom, the equivalent of U.S.-style student residences Located in a residential neighborhood Easy access to cultural activities Easy access to public transportation Expect close to a 30 minute commute, very similar to what locals do daily Many students have enjoyed the amount of accessibility the cities offer. Housing

16 1. Complete the program application 2. Attend pre-departure orientation (via webinar) 3. Individual meetings with AIC Discuss priorities and preferences for an internship What are you hoping to gain and what do you NOT want to do? How does this fit into your larger career goals? 4. The AIC Internship Team finds an appropriate organization for you and works with you and the employer to arrange an interview. The phone interview typically takes place 6 or 8 weeks prior to program to give ample time for visa paperwork. Placement Process Before the Internship

17 Placement Process Things to keep in mind Internships are contingent on employer needs and industry trends. For example, if you are hoping to have a finance internship at a bank, you should have completed finance courses or have already done an internship in the field. A big name employer does not guarantee a good experience- many small employers offer wonderful placements. Internships are competitive in both cities and employers have different needs.

18 Placement Process Things to keep in mind Communication and coordination are very important. We expect that you will adhere to deadlines. Students who keep a positive attitude and are flexible generally have an easier time through the placement process. Placement is always contingent upon a successful interview so it is imperative that you prepare!

19 The J-1 Visa process is rigorous. It requires: 2 Letters of Reference Financial Records Application Forms Internship Location Information Diligence in adhering to deadlines and lots of patience! Please note that due to J-1 regulations the following fields cannot be accommodated: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Dentistry, Direct Child, Patient, or Eldercare Visa Process

20 During Your Internship Professional Development workshop on Making the Most of Your Internship and Work Styles and/or Networking Mid-term and final review to assess progress achieved at the workplace Ongoing advice and support on how best to handle issues that come up during your internship

21 Internship Experience Past students have said: “It was a very good learning opportunity and it helped widen my views and way of thinking greatly.” “I love what I'm learning from this internship placement, even if this might not be the kind of job I want to take on in the future, the skill set gained in this internship is still highly valuable in any job I am to go into.” “Future interns on the program may not get their ideal internships but it is still a priceless opportunity to spend a summer here in NYC so I think it is imperative to bring this message to them loud and clear.”

22 Academics Yes, there is study in study abroad! In many ways, your internship is your textbook and the city is your classroom! Employer evaluation will be sent back to the university to factor into any grading for academic credit Confirm requirements before you leave campus!

23 Next Steps Complete & Submit Short Term Flinders Abroad Application Form (Deadline is 31 July 2012) Contact the Student Mobility Team at the International Office with Questions exchange/flinders-abroad-new/short-term-opportunities/aic-internship.cfm And a Quick Note about Finances…

24 Questions? Contact Us! Surabhi Lal, New York City Program Director Devon Howland, San Francisco Program Director Mary Hurley, Director of Programs Kate Moore, Executive Director

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