Internship Seminar

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Internship Seminar
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
Spanish
Contact Hours: 
45
Prerequisites: 

None

Additional student cost: 
Description: 

This course investigates the cultural issues that inevitably surround working within a foreign environment. It will mainly be based on the intercultural knowledge that the intern stands to gain through the workplace experience. In addition to Intercultural Studies, we will also consider other diverse but related areas such as Organizational Theory, Human Resources, Ethics and Spain’s economic situation.

Companies increasingly value any international experiences on a candidate’s résumé. A worker with intercultural competence is more flexible, analytical, tolerant to change and open-minded. Everything that a global company needs!

The internationalization of companies and the consequent globalization of the economy is an unquestionable fact. Business and economic activities are dominated by two fundamental elements: The opening of the markets, with a progressive elimination of physical and administrative barriers, and the intensive use of information and communication technologies. Managers and employees in general must be prepared to think globally, act locally and work digitally.

Attendance policy: 

Attendance is mandatory for all IES Abroad classes, including course-related excursions. Any exams, tests, presentations, or other work missed due to student absences can only be rescheduled in cases of documented medical or family emergencies. If a student misses more than two classes in the Internship Seminar, 3% will be deducted from the final grade for every additional absence. Four absences in the seminar will result in a failing grade.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Contrast different behavior patterns within the working environment, taking as a reference Barcelona and the USA
  • Relate the theoretical concepts studied in class with their working experience
  • Describe and analyze cultural differences based on critical incidents
  • Identify cultural differences when it comes to organizational structures
  • Recognize how their professional competence and skills have improved during their internship
  • Practice negotiation in cross cultural situations
  • Incorporate academic and work experience abroad in their résumé in an outstanding way
Method of presentation: 
  • Lectures
  • Class debates on student's experiences
  • Case studies
  • Written exercises
  • Role play sessions for problem solving
  • Simulation of cultural conflicts at the workplace based on intern's experiences
  • Field study
Field study: 
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Class participation - 20%
  • Assignments - 20%
  • Workplace supervisor evaluation - 30%
  • Final paper - 30%

Class participation
Students will be expected to come to class prepared, and to participate actively in class. 

Assignments
Mescladís assignment (10%).  The students will attend a mandatory Field Study to Mescladís. Furthermore, the students will answer a questionnaire based on the visit. It must be written in Spanish.
Reading assignment (10%). Students are expected to read and prepare beforehand the materials designated for each session. Either individually or in pairs, students will read and prepare materials for the class. All class presentations will be in Spanish.

Workplace supervisor evaluation
Students’ workplace supervisors will evaluate several aspects such as attendance, punctuality, interest and efficiency of the student. The criteria for this are determined by the internship supervisor.

Final paper
First part (10%). Due in Week 6. This will consist of a description, analysis and commentary of the student’s internship. The format of this part of the final paper will be a report of minimum 15002000 words (font size should be 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced). It must be written in Spanish and must include, at least, 1 citation source and you can follow a scheme similar to the following:

  1. Description of the company 
  2. Description of the sector to which it belongs. Research and compare this sector in both countries, Spain and the USA (refer to content in session 2)
  3. Description of your job position e.g. knowledge, competences and abilities needed. Cultural differences in time management, seniority, decision making, among others. (refer to content on session 3)
  4. Description of your main tasks, duties and responsibilities

Second Part 10%. Due in Week 12. The format of the second part of the final paper will be a report of minimum 1000-1500 words. This part also must be written in Spanish and must include the following items:

  1. What have you learned from this internship?
  2. How will this internship enrich your resume? How will you apply it to your professional career?
  3. Recommendations to improve the internship and yourself.
  4. Conclusions.

Oral Presentation
Students are expected to make presentations of their papers to the class. These Oral Presentations will be in Spanish. 

content: 

Session

Content

Readings

Session 1

Professors´ presentation of the course, contents, objectives, systems of evaluation and class norms

Individual goals- why they are doing this internship

Individual expectations

 
Session 2

Spanish labour market, its current situation

Labour relations in Spain

ACTIBVA- Comunidad de información financiera BBVA. El paro en España. Accessed 26 April, 2013: Video available here.

Arellano, M., & Bentolila, S. (2011). La burbuja inmobiliaria: causas y responsables. La Crisis de la Economia Española. Lecciones y Propuestas. Publicaciones de FEDEA- Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada, 28-31. Accessed 26 April 2012: Article available here.

Garcia, J., (2011). Los orígenes inmobiliarios de la crisis económica actual. La Crisis de la Economia Española. Lecciones y Propuestas. Publicaciones de FEDEA- Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada, 32-36. Accessed 26 April 2013: Article available here.

Laborda, A. (2011). El mercado laboral español: Situación y perspectivas a corto plazo. Cuadernos del Mercado de Trabajo-Observatorio de las Ocupaciones del Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal. Dirección Provincial de Zaragoza, nº 7 Junio, 22-39.

Session 3

Spain vs. USA

Soft skills

Novas, H., Szerlip, B., & Watson, T. (2001). Passport Spain: Your Pocket Guide to Spanish Business, Customs & Etiquette. 22-25, 3342, 48-55. Novato, CA: World Trade Press.
Session 4

Placements

In today’s session you will also receive more details regarding the first part of your Final Paper

 
Session 5

Corporate Social Responsibility

Ethics in Business

Argandoña, A. (2008). La ética en los negocios. IESE Business School, Occasional Paper OP nº 08/10 Enero, 2008. Accessed 26 April, 2013: Article available here.

DGIPYME- Dirección General de Industria y de la PYME, [DGIPYME] (2010, March 22). Responsabilidad Social Empresarial. Accessed 26 April, 2013: Video available here.

Moneva, J.M. (2011). Responsabilidad social y prácticas laborales: una aproximación. Cuadernos del Mercado de Trabajo-Observatorio de las Ocupaciones del Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal. Dirección Provincial de Zaragoza, nº 7 Junio, 100-107.

Session 6

Midterm feedback

First part of Final Paper due

 
Session 7 Field Study – “A social organization doing Business” – Mescladís

Habiague, M. (2005). Objetivos de la Fundació Ciutadania Multicultural. Accessed 26 October, 2012: Article available here.

Habiague, M. (2005). Código ético Mescladís. Accessed 26 October, 2012: Article available here.

Habiague, M. (2005). La cocina como herramienta educativa. Accessed 26 October, 2012: Article available here.

Session 8 Mescladís assignment due and discussion  
Session 9

CVs

Networking

Auzenne, M., & Horstman, M. (2005). Your Resume Stinks! Accessed 30 October, 2012: Podcast available here.

Auzenne, M., & Horstman, M. (2006). Building a Network. Accessed 30 October, 2012: Podcast available here.

Session 10 Interviews (Theory)

Goodman, D. A. (2000). Wanted: Behavioral Skills: Use behavioral interviewing to detect skills you can’t teach on the job. Nursing Management, February 2000: 27-29.

Auzenne, M., & Horstman, M. (2006). Accomplishments – Connecting Resumes & Interviews. Accessed 30 October, 2012: Podcast available here.

Session 11 Interviews  
Session 12 Oral Presentations I  
Session 13 Oral Presentations II  

 

Required readings: 
  • ACTIBVA- Comunidad de información financiera BBVA. El paro en España [video file]. Available: vimeo.com/37938606 Accessed: 26 April, 2013.
  • Arellano, M., & Bentolila, S. (2011). La burbuja inmobiliaria: causas y responsables. La Crisis de la Economia Española. Lecciones y Propuestas. Publicaciones de FEDEA- Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada, 28-31. . Available: www.crisis09.es/ebook/PDF/05-la-burbuja-inmobiliaria.pdf Accessed: 26 April 2012
  • Argandoña, A. (2008). La ética en los negocios. IESE Business School, Occasional Paper OP nº 08/10 Enero, 2008. Available: www.iese.edu/research/pdfs/OP-08-10.pdf  Accessed: April 26, 2013.
  • Auzenne, M., & Horstman, M. (2005).  Your Resume Stinks! Available:  www.managertools.com/2005/10/your-resume-stinks  Accessed: 30 October, 2012. (podcast).
  • Auzenne, M., & Horstman, M. (2006).  Accomplishments – Connecting Resumes & Interviews. Available:  http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/09/accomplishments-connecting-resumes-and-interviews  Accessed: 30 October, 2012. (podcast).
  • Auzenne, M., & Horstman, M. (2006).  Building a Network. Available:  http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/05/building-a-network Accessed: 30 October, 2012. (podcast).
  • DGIPYME- Dirección General de Industria y de la PYME, [DGIPYME] (2010, March 22). Responsabilidad Social Empresarial [video file]. Available: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5uiH5fmYwo Accessed: 26 April, 2013.
  • Garcia, J., (2011). Los orígenes inmobiliarios de la crisis económica actual. La Crisis de la Economia Española. Lecciones y Propuestas. Publicaciones de FEDEA- Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada, 32-36. . Available: http://www.crisis09.es/ebook/PDF/06-los-origenes-inmobiliarios-de-la-crisis.pdf Accessed: 26 April 2013.
  • Goodman, D. A. (2000).  Wanted: Behavioral Skills:  Use behavioral interviewing to detect skills you can’t teach on the job.  Nursing Management, February 2000: 27-29.
  • Habiague, M. (2005). Código ético Mescladís. Available: www.mescladis.org/es/quiensomos/codigoetico.html Accessed: 26 October, 2012.
  • Habiague, M. (2005). La cocina como herramienta educativa. Available: www.mescladis.org/es/quiensomos/cocina.html Accessed: 26 October, 2012.
  • Habiague, M. (2005). Objetivos de la Fundació Ciutadania Multicultural. Available: www.mescladis.org/es/quiensomos/objetivos.html Accessed: 26 October, 2012.
  • Laborda, A. (2011). El mercado laboral español: Situación y perspectivas a corto plazo. Cuadernos del Mercado de Trabajo-Observatorio de las Ocupaciones del Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal. Dirección Provincial de Zaragoza, nº 7 Junio, 22-39.
  • Moneva, J.M. (2011). Responsabilidad social y prácticas laborales: una aproximación. Cuadernos del Mercado de Trabajo-Observatorio de las Ocupaciones del Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal. Dirección Provincial de Zaragoza, nº 7 Junio, 100-107.
  • Novas, H., Szerlip, B., & Watson, T. (2001). Passport Spain: Your Pocket Guide to Spanish Business, Customs & Etiquette.  22-25, 33-42, 48-55. Novato, CA: World Trade Press.
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