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Best Practices for Internships Abroad
relations coordinator at Cultural Vistas, “Efforts are being made to increase international
mobility for students traditionally underrepresented in international exchange, for example
STEM majors, Pell grant recipients, and minority and nontraditional students. We have
recently launched several programs reflecting this trend, such as a fellowship specifically
targeting STEM majors and students from
underserved communities for professional
experience abroad, and a joint project with
the Halle Foundation for career perspectives
in the STEM fields for students from historically black colleges and universities.”
Not surprisingly, financial support helps
grow the numbers. Governmental initiatives
and public-private partnerships can help
make internships abroad a viable prospect for
students, and sometimes even a requirement.
“In Europe the trend [an escalation in
international internships] started about 20
years ago, but it has definitely increased in
the last seven years, in the context of the
Erasmus program, in which internships
abroad within the EU are supported financially by a grant,” says Gabriele Abermann,
coordinator of English and intercultural communication, information technology, and
systems management at Salzburg University
of Applied Sciences. She adds, “In the Austrian universities of applied sciences sector,

Have clear objectives and sufficient
resources
“Institutions need to commit time,
resources, and research to the endeavor.
Work abroad cannot be done with a ‘cookie
cutter’ approach; each student wants and
needs different things from an international
work experience. Institutions need to know
the immigration and legal ramifications of
any international travel for a student.”
Beth Miller, senior internship coordinator,
Weissman Center for International Business,
Baruch College, CUNY

Prepare students for intercultural
challenges
“Intercultural awareness is necessary for an
overseas internship. Students need to be
made aware of many factors, more than just
‘The food is different,’ and ‘They use words I
don’t understand.’”
Valerie Hoogstad, former director of
international education at Australia Catholic
University and current lecturer at Sydney
University

Be sure that internship abroad
opportunities are supported by and
in compliance with your institution’s
policies for health, safety, and risk
management.

internships are a compulsory component in
all bachelor programs, and an optional one in

“The typical campus divide between
academic affairs and student services must
be transcended in order to encourage and
support both curricular and not-for-credit
internships. The same kinds of support
provided for health and safety in study
abroad (health insurance, travel registry,
predeparture orientation, etc.) must also
be provided for internships abroad. Ideally,
support should also be provided for the
learning itself through opportunities for
structured reflection.”
William Nolting, director of education abroad,
University of Michigan

Make sure to follow up in terms
of integrating internships into the
curriculum, and provide guidance for
students in how to use their experience
abroad in their career development.
“I believe more attention needs to be given
by institutions to students who are returning
from these fantastic experiences. The job is
not over when a student gets on the flight
home. Students need help in channeling this
new knowledge, wisdom, and experience into
a meaningful tool that will help them both
academically, and in their search for a career.”
Tony Johnson, president, Academic Internship
Council

quite a number of master’s programs.” And
in government-supported initiatives in the
United as well as elsewhere, internships are
increasingly being seen as a central component in education abroad experiences.

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The Role of Third-Party
Providers

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Opinion is mixed on the pros and cons of
using third-party providers for internships
abroad. Johnson has set up programs in 11
different cities around the world. “I strongly
believe that institutions are much better
served by appointing a third-party provider
who already has an infrastructure in the city
of interest,” he says. “These providers should
have local staff on hand to deal with all the
preparation and, once started, the managing
of internship programs. Local knowledge
is everything. Students should have strong
preparation and orientation, as well as counseling available to them before and during the
placement. This can only be done properly by


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