Going global this summer

April 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in Advising interns | 1 Comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

The world is your oyster, according to the old saying, and it’s never been truer in the world of internships then now. Companies are expanding in China, India, South America, and Europe, for starters, and they want interns and employees with global experience. Many colleges are offering  international field trips to give their students a head start. For example, students at Lynchburg College in Virginia went on spring break in Paris, not because they were French majors but because they wanted the global experience. This could be the right summer for your students to go global.  You might want to quote to them the following excerpts on costs and options from the recent New York Times article on global internships in the Business section:

  • Costs:  Such internships can be pricey, because air fare is generally not included, a paycheck is unlikely and it can be hard to arrange them without outside help. But they can offer a window into a different business culture, along with a chance to practice language skills and perhaps earn college credit. Stephen Keil, a sophomore majoring in international relations and minoring in French at Syracuse University, worked full time last summer to save for his fall internship with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. The university arranged the internship. Mr. Keil did research for the council’s Pompidou Group, which combats drug abuse and drug trafficking. He is considering a career in the State Department, so the experience was very useful, he said, “and my French improved greatly.”
  • Options:  During the school year, Syracuse students who study abroad have the option of pursuing internships in addition to taking classes, but their tuition is the same regardless. Beyond tuition, program fees (including housing) range from $5,735 to $7,500, and substantial financial aid is available, said Suzanne Shane, program director at SU Abroad. In summer, students may pursue a full-time internship for credit without taking other courses. For this option, they pay about $1,000 a credit, as well as fees ranging from $2,000 to $3,840 when lodging is part of the package.
  • Location:  Many students select an internship based on location, which is where Internships.com can help since it now has nearly 65,000 internships listed. Advise your students to go to the Web site and click on Summer Internships Abroad.  The following excerpts may stimulate your students to explore global internships:  “Summer internships abroad can give you a great adventure and potentially lead to an extremely lucrative career path. Traditional internships offer the opportunity of learning about a career, making professional contacts, and adding experience to your resume, and international internships offer all these benefits plus the chance to study a new culture and language abroad! Is there a place you’ve always wanted to see or a location abroad that you’ve already fallen in love with and want to spend a few months in? Have you been studying a language for years in school and need the chance to practice it in real-world situations? An internship abroad might be the perfect opportunity for you.”

Tracking International Trends In Internships

February 16, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in Intern Advice | 1 Comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

Even the internship world is global in 2012. This year, encourage your students to think internationally about their futures. One way to broaden their horizons is to point out all the changes going on worldwide in internship trends. Consider sending email blasts to students on a regular basis to educate them about the positive developments concerning internships.

The following news items might stimulate conversations with your colleagues as well as prospective interns:

  • New internship rules:  England’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says 100 companies have agreed to new rules for internships in a bid to tackle the “who you know” culture he admits he benefited from, according to Sky News. Supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s; banks including Barclays, HSBC and Santander; and other well-known brands including Coca Cola, Nestle, BP and Shell are taking part. They have pledged to advertise internships fairly instead of relying on networks of contacts. Mr. Clegg told Sky News he was “delighted” so many firms have agreed to sign up as he believes it could improve social mobility.
  • Government initiatives:   The Irish government has pledged to provide up to 200 internships through the Government’s JobBridge initiative,  initially offering 126 such posts through its JobBridge internship scheme, with 13 people already engaged with the initiative and more vacancies planned. JobBridge is a new national scheme that will enable organisations to provide unemployed individuals with work experience placements for a six- or nine-month period. Among the internships are games development administration assistant and coordinator positions at county, club and second and third level.
  • International student-run organizations:  Denver University’s chapter of AIESEC, which started at DU last fall, sent nine of its members to a national conference in San Francisco over winter break to work with other AIESEC members from around the country. AIESEC, which does not stand for anything, is an international student-run organization that promotes internships abroad and works to provide local students with internship opportunities abroad as well as to connect international students with students in Denver. The conference was the largest conference in AIESEC U.S. history, with over 400 people attending from all over the U.S. and the world.
  • Global fashion internships:  Fashion Future has announced the first winner of its new international mentoring initiative, with another nine internships to be claimed within the next two weeks. As reported previously on ragtrader.com.au, the International Mentor Program launched this year and offers 20 global fashion opportunities across New York, London, Milan and Paris, to those in Australia who work within the fashion industry. Included in the program are 10 international internships at brands such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Herve Leger, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford and Viktor & Rolf. Internships are for a minimum of three months.

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