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A balance still needs to be struck between centralization and legitimate unit-level needs. Secondly, we believe that, if other schools are anything like ours, much more information needs to be collected, inventoried, managed, and disseminated regarding issues relating to international internships. Almost every school we know of currently suffers from various and sundry information gaps and asymmetries regarding international internships. Many students, units, and administrators aren’t up to speed on the relevant legal and visa issues, much less on liability and safety questions. Databases containing information on international internships are often non-existent, of dubious quality, or out of date. Who is vetting thirdparty internship providers and where does a student go on campus to find international internships relevant to her or his curricular/ career needs? Students seldom can solicit the aid of a dedicated internship adviser, nor do students frequently get the benefit of predeparture/postinternship programming, which renders international internships at once riskier and less rewarding than they need/could be. Better information can reduce friction in each of these data-deprived areas and thereby improve the odds that an international internship experience will meet both a school’s expectations and a student’s goals. And cracking these information problems entails costs—costs a school must

be prepared to bear. Good, useful information is not inexpensive, but when it comes to international internships, there is a high cost for operating on the cheap. Flowing out of the commitment to capture and employ information better is a third recommendation: The creation of mechanisms to monitor, assess, and evaluate international internships and any and all individual and institutional parties that promote and/or provide them. The interests of both students and schools need to be put into alignment in order to maximize the internship experience and ensure that a given internship, if credit-bearing, meets a school’s standard criteria for the granting of academic credit. Academic credit shouldn’t be granted for “destination” sinecures or transnational go-fer positions, but only for learning experiences consonant with academic practices in the unit or program in question. Schools and students alike must develop protocols to separate legitimate internship brokerages from their fly-by-night cousins, and students (and, likely, their parents) would find useful benchmarked data on the charges and fees being charged by companies “guaranteeing” their children “dream” internships in exotic locales. And all such assessments and evaluations—and the methodology behind them—must be readily accessible. Finally, fundraising efforts—and perforce development officers—must be brought into

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the picture. Unless mechanisms are developed that broaden participation, international internships will remain highly susceptible to class-based critiques that they are preserves in which wealthy and upper-middle class students frolic, all the while accumulating stocks of social and cultural capital that serves to distance them further from students of more modest means. The latter students, moreover, need support not only to participate in such programs, but also in many cases to replace money they would have earned and saved from jobs normally taken up during the internship period. The opportunity costs of interning are high for such students, and means must be found to reduce them in the name of fairness and equity. One hopeful sign: There are donors out there who understand this problem, as we at UNC-Chapel Hill have learned to our great good fortune. These, then, are some ways to help to regularize, legalize, legitimize, and equalize international internships. No magic bullets, but several sensible recommendations that, if followed, will enable colleges and universities to deal with the facts on the ground—the world of internships which most of our students now inhabit—with greater knowledge, moral purpose, and self-possession, if not peace. After all, none of us wants to find ourselves and our institutions in a situation similar to that of a high school in the Netherlands referenced by Perlin. In December 2010, according to Perlin, two girls in that country, required by their school to pursue a “social internship,” were found “interning” as prostitutes in the northern city of Leeuwarden’s red-light district. To be sure, that case is both unusual and extreme, but we don’t think that this is the kind of “hands-on education” that “Intern Queen” Lauren Berger among others had in mind. IE
PETER A. COCLANIS is Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Global Research Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. ROBERT MILES is associate dean for study abroad and International Exchanges at UNC-Chapel Hill. NIKLAUS STEINER is director of the Center for Global Initiatives and adjunct professor of political science at UNCChapel Hill.

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