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EDUCATION ABROAD
By Menachem Wecker

Overseas Internships
Proliferate and Evolve
2017 Open Doors Report on
International Educational Exchange, a section recognizes the "growing importance" of noncredit, study abroad experiences, including work, internships, and volunteering experiences.
IN THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION'S

In 2015-16, 23,125 students from 1,412 U.S. schools
participated in overseas, noncredit programs, including internships. Geographically, 38.1 percent of those
students undertook noncredit experiences in Latin
America and the Caribbean, followed by Europe (14.5
percent), Asia (10 percent), and Africa (5 percent).
Other regions represented 4.3 percent collectively, and
another 28.3 percent was unknown.
Although internships abroad aren't new, more institutions are formally administering them, according to
Jennifer Evanuik Baird, who directs Georgia Tech's Global
Internship Program and International Plan. "There is
definitely an uptick in schools looking to establish a formal
international internship program," she says, meaning that
they are dedicating staff and resources to managing the
programs rather than relying on study abroad or career
services offices to add the responsibility to their portfolios.
The term "internship" itself is expanding to suit
evolving student needs, according to Evanuik Baird.
Where internships used to suggest corporate environments, today's internships increasingly take place
in research labs, nonprofits, NGOs, and start-ups.
"International internships provide direct value to our
students' career development and future employability,
making them attractive to students, parents, and universities-and even to the employers themselves," she says.
As overseas internship programs proliferate, they
present both challenges and opportunities-to students
and to schools.
"Students see interning abroad as a way to kill two
birds with one stone," says Emily Merson, cofounder and
CEO of Global Experiences, which provides international internships in 11 global cities, in partnership with
more than 50 schools. "They are able to experience
another culture at a deep level of immersion, while at
the same time gaining practical real-world work experience that will look very attractive to future employers."
Internships overseas can force students outside of their
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comfort zones, according to Evanuik Baird. "They must
adapt to the workplace culture as well as the national culture, and they must work with colleagues who likely come
from different generations than their own," she says.
But there are challenges, cautions Michelle Kern
Hall, interim director of the University of WisconsinMadison's international internship program. Particularly
in the business and engineering fields, students often
have to pass up paid internships back home for unpaid
internships abroad. "That can be a tough decision for
some to justify economically." she says. "We focus on
internships that offer some support, as well as scholarships to make up the difference, as it is a top question
from our students as they explore interning abroad."
Colleges and universities also face challenges as
they increasingly manage internship programs abroad.
Hands-on development and facilitation of internships
are "very resource-intensive and difficult to scale for a
university," says Kern Hall, although she says it's exciting
to work with alumni and other partners to create student opportunities.
International travel, let alone travel abroad and
international internships for students, "is fraught with
missteps in a politically changed world," says Tony
Johnson, president of Academic Internship Council,
which merged in 2014 with the Council on International
Educational Exchange. But as fraught as it is, Johnson
says it benefits everyone to have students travel, study,
and work in different cities and become embedded in
different cultures.
"It has never been more important that overseas
trips be meticulously prepared," he says. "This begins
with the whole visa process, respecting the immigration
and employment regulations of the host nation, and a
sensitivity to the local culture. Clear, fast, and efficient
health and safety measures need to be in place, with
equally clear reporting structures in the event of a local
incident."



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover2
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 12
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 17
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 19
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 20
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 21
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 22
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 23
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 25
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 26
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 27
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 29
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 30
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 31
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 33
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 34
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 35
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 36
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 37
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 39
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 41
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 43
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 45
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Forum
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