If you are seeking to obtain academic credit for your international internship with GlobalEd, you should speak with your academic, study abroad or internship advisor at your home university. The credit approval process differs from one university to the next and it is therefore necessary to have a clear understanding of your university’s criteria for awarding academic credit for internships. Below you will find descriptions of the most common elements universities look for.
Placement within your academic discipline:
Most internships require the interning student to perform within his/her academic discipline. Students whose universities require that the internship be applicable to their major or minor need only state this in the University Authorization Form (UAF). This form along with an interview with the student will help GlobalEd determine the criteria for the placement. Universities who wish to authorize the actual placement may also do so on the UAF. In this case, GlobalEd would promote the student to local businesses, draft an internship profile once interest is expressed on behalf of the company and send it to both the student and university advisor for consideration.
Program Duration and Work Hours:
The six week program includes 120 hours of onsite work (20 hours per week). Work hours are closely monitored, logged and confirmed by the onsite internship supervisor. GlobalEd can easily accommodate students whose universities require more time dedication and/or hours by simply extending the duration of the program. For example, some universities require a 10 week internship, while others may require 140 hours of onsite work. Each additional week allows students to add up to 20 hours to the total hours worked.
Goal Setting and Planning:
Goals cannot be achieved without proper planning and constant reviewing. In the first days upon arrival students will be expected to write down their goals for the internship program (including personal and professional goals), assess how realistic they are, adjust if necessary, and map out their plan to achieve those goals. The plan must include the stated goals, which must tie into the job description, a work schedule and a calendar/timeline to show the path marked to achieve those goals. During the first days of the internship, the student and supervisor will review the student’s plan, possibly make recommended changes, and reach a mutual agreement. Every week the student will have to review the stated goals and plan and determine what actions need to be taken if he/she is not on course.
Successful internships require close and periodic monitoring. GlobalEd manages expectations and guides the experience of each student by holding periodic meetings with the student either individually or in teams. During these sessions, students will share their experiences and views with each other, discuss individual and team projects, learn theory on self awareness, culture and team dynamics, apply this knowledge in the internship and provide feedback through their journals.
Students are required to keep a journal to document the events at work and project status, communicate their emotional state and reflect on the application of concepts taught by GlobalEd. GlobalEd can easily accommodate universities that require their students to log specific journal entries.
Both the student, employer and GlobalEd will participate in an evaluation process designed to assess the success of the internship experience, each student’s performance, attitude and professionalism. Through maintaining a high level of communication with all parties, feedback will be collected throughout the program to help identify and reinforce positive behaviors and correct negative or disruptive behaviors. At the end of the program a summary will be drafted to serve as a final evaluation for home universities and as reference material for future employers.