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credit and thus are difficult for institutions to
track and report, it is pretty clear that there
is a rapidly growing trend toward students
doing internships abroad.
“U.S. students are beginning to explore
going beyond traditional study abroad, and
are seeking hands-on, practical experience
in addition to what they can learn in the
classroom,” says Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice
president of research and evaluation and director of the Center for Academic Mobility
Research at the International Institute for
Education (IIE). “The growth is quite dramatic. In the 2002 Open Doors report, about
7,000 U.S. students reported participating in
internships abroad. By 2011 the number had
grown to 25,000, a 241 percent increase in
just ten years.” (These statistics include both
for-credit and not-for-credit internships.)
And a January 2013 IIE report, U.S. Students
in China: Meeting the Goals of the 100,000
Strong Initiative, says that of the more than
26,000 U.S. students who studied in China
in 2011, 11,000 were involved in various notfor-credit experiences, including internships.
Going abroad for an internship can improve intercultural skills, which can be used
in potential employment settings both abroad
and in a student’s own country as well.
“Having completed an overseas internship is seen by many employers as an added
advantage, in that the student not only has professional experience, but has gained it abroad
and, therefore, can bring new knowledge
to the domestic organization,” says Valerie
Hoogstad, former director of international
education at Australia Catholic University and
current lecturer at Sydney University. “In addition, such a qualification is proof that students
have learned to negotiate and work in teams
with people in other cultures.”

Meeting the Challenges
of Internships Abroad
“One major challenge is placing monolingual
students,” says Kristina Holubova, senior
program director of internships abroad at
Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to facilitating connections between U.S. students and international visitors
through international exchange. “Technical and science students are easier to place

Danielle Hemsley at Farmamundi with her boss and coworkers during her internship abroad

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Interning Abroad in Spain

from Baruch College, CUNY this spring,
she will have not just one but two internship experiences to put on her
resume—one of them in Spain. Last summer Hemsley spent eight weeks in
Valencia working for Farmamundi, an international nongovernmental organization (NGO),
in their Área Logistica Humanitaria (ALH), which is involved in international disaster relief
efforts. Her work involved market research about English-speaking NGOs that might be
potential customers. “I reached out to various organizations, to build brand awareness
of ALH,” Hemsley says. Among the skills she developed and knowledge she gained,
“I learned about business development. I strengthened my ability to conduct Internet
research. I became more familiar with international companies and international websites.
My Spanish improved. I learned about NGOs, and about Spanish and European culture.
I learned how it feels to be far away from home in a place where you don’t really speak
the language. I now have an even greater appreciation for international students and
immigrants in America. I also learned that I am more adventurous than I thought I was.”
One thing she would change if she were to have such an opportunity again, Hemsley
says, is to have better linguistic preparation. “If I had it to do over, I would go to Spain a
few weeks before the internship began and take an immersion Spanish class. The communications barrier was one of the main challenges. I got creative in expressing myself
through acting things out, and using my basic Spanish.”
Hemsley plans to pursue a career in multicultural consumer insights marketing
research. She believes that the experience she gained in her international internship will
be invaluable. “It was a great opportunity to gain exposure to and learn more about
Spanish culture and work practices. I was exposed to so much new cultural information,
which will surely benefit my future career.”
When asked what she would say to students considering an internship abroad,
Hemsley says, “Do it! Be open-minded, and if you have opportunities to try new things,
say yes, even if you’re scared.”
HEN DANIELLE HEMSLEY GRADUATES

in English-only professional positions, but
placements in the humanities and liberal arts
often require at least basic skills in another
language. Foreign language acquisition is of
utmost importance, and we believe should
be further encouraged in higher education.”
Another major obstacle can be funding.
At Baruch, a public institution, “for many
students the biggest challenge is the financial commitment,” says Miller. “Between the

airfare, program fees, and so on, internships
can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000.”
Nevertheless, about 30 Baruch students participate in internships abroad each summer.
The students do not receive credit for their
internships, but all international interns at
Baruch are provided with a scholarship that
covers their airfare, an initiative made possible by the support of a foundation.
According to Katja Kurz, university



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