- INTERNSHIP APLICATIONS AND INTERVIEWS (during semester).
Session 1. Applying for an Internship: A European Approach
In this session we look at how written communication patterns differ across cultures while focusing in particular on writing a resume and cover letter in a European context. Students will be given instructions for completing a Europass (CV) and cover letter as a homework assignment.
Chaney, Lillian and Martin, Jeanette. Intercultural Business Communication. NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007. Ch. 7, pp. 139-160.
Session 2. Preparing for the Interview: Cultural Differences
Students will explore culturally different approaches to conducting interviews and will learn how to present themselves appropriately for the cultural context of their internship placement. They will also receive feedback on their CVs and cover letters and will work on revisions as a homework assignment.
Hofstede, Geert, and Gert Jan Hofstede. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005, pp. 115-162.
Bolles, Richard. What Color is your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2013, Ch. 8 & 9.
Session 3. Interviews: Testing your Skills
Students will be given the opportunity to test their communication skills and their ability to present themselves effectively in a realistic interview situation. The most convincing candidates from the EU Parliament internship applicants will be selected for internship positions. For students seeking internship placements in Germany, this session will offer the opportunity of a trial run before the real interview.
Homework assignment: Practice interviewing and being interviewed with a partner.
- INTERNSHIP SEMINAR (after semester & before internship)
Session 4. Setting the Cultural Context: Working in the EU
In this session we look at how working relationships and management styles vary across cultures in general, while focusing on the EU in particular. Students will reflect on their own cultural orientation and values; and will also work on developing culturally appropriate behaviors and communication skills for their internship placements.
Homework assignment : Reflect on your own cultural values. To what degree are they a reflection of the national culture in which you were brought up? (1-2 pages, double-spaced,Times New Roman).
Adler, Nancy, and Allison Gundersen. International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour. OH: South-Western, 2008. Chapters 1 & 2, Pp. 18-65.
Ganon, Martin, and Rajnandini Pillai (Eds.). “American Football” in Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys through 29 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity. CA: Sage, 2010. Pp. 249-272.
Fischer, Roger and Ury, William. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In. New York: Penguin, 2011.
Kohls, Robert. The Values Americans Live By. Retrieved from: http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/pages/faculty/alee/extra/American_values...
Lewis, Richard. When Teams Collide:Managing the International Team Successfully. UK: Nicholas Brealey, 2012. Ch 7: Communicating in English. Pp. 197-218.
Session 5. Managing Multi-cultural Teams in a European Context
International team leaders, according to Richard Lewis, need to be “experienced in cross-border business, adaptable, unbiased, flexible but fair, a motivator, an HR expert, and something of a psychologist.” We explore the complexities of international teamwork and focus on the competencies necessary to work effectively with European team members.
Homework assignment: Reflect on the cultural context of your internship organization. What are the most important values, behaviors, or attitudes of this culture? What are the potential challenges for you? (1-2 pages, double-spaced,Times New Roman).
Lewis, Richard. When Teams Collide: Managing the International Team Successfully. UK: Nicholas Brealey, 2012. Ch 4, pp. 77-103, & Ch 5. Pp. 104-184 (skim relevant sections).
Adler, Nancy, and Allison Gundersen. “Managing Multicultural Teams,” in International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. OH: South-Western, 2008. Chapter 5. Pp 126-149.
Hofstede, Geert, and Gert Jan Hofstede. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005, Chapter 7. Pp. 241-278.
Session 6. Leadership and Culture in the Organizational Context
In this session we assess how culture and leadership informs and impacts on international organizations. Students will explore the concept of organizational culture and will apply their learning to describe the specific culture of their internship organizations.
Homework assignment: Consider your internship organization. Reflect on your interview experiences and consult the website: what can you discern about the organizational culture? (i.e., mission, core values, behaviors, management & working styles). (1-2 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman).
Morgan, Gareth. Images of Organization. Chapter 5: Creating Social Reality: Organizations as Cultures. 2006. Pp. 115-140.
Hofstede, Geert, and Gert Jan Hofstede. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005, Chapter 8. Pp. 279-315.
Adler, Nancy, and Allison Gundersen. “Managing Multicultural Teams,” in International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior. OH: South-Western, 2008. Chapter 6. Pp 157-174.
Session 7. Representations of National Leadership as a Social Construct
In this session, we will shift our focus to political leadership. In particular, we will analyze selected European leaders within their cultural context and explore to what degree they represent their country’s values, beliefs, and attitudes.
Homework assignment: Consider your Internship placement. What is the societal context? How is leadership profiled in this country? (historical, images of leaders, etc). Is the national leader of your internship placement representative of the country's culture?
Outline your ideas in 1-2 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12).
Alexander, Jeffrey. Heroes, Presidents, and Politics. Contexts (publication of American Sociological Association), 2010. Retrieved from http://contexts.org/articles/fall-2010/heroes-presidents-and-politics/
Chhokar, Jagdeep, Felix Brodbeck, and Robert House (Eds.). Culture and Leadership in 25 Societies: Integration, Conclusions, and Future Directions, in Culture and Leadership Across the World: The Globe Book of In-depth Studies of 25 Societies. New York, NY: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007. Pp. 1037-1038, 1051-1066 (skim this only).
Nye, Joseph S., Jr. “Soft Power, Hard Power and Leadership.” Transcript of Seminar Given at Harvard Kennedy School, November 6, 2006. Retrieved from: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/netgov/files/talks/docs/11_06_06_seminar_Nye_...
Session 8. My Internship Organization: A Closer Look
In preparation for their internship departure, students will research their internship organization and together with information from previous sessions, will give a brief presentation in class. In particular they will be looking at the:
- national context (i.e., decisive historical events, politics, society, culture)
- organizational culture (history, mission statements, brochures, website)
- main activities (what does this organization do? What is their core purpose?)
Students will conclude with ideas on how they can make a practical contribution to their internship organization.
Required Reading (read as relevant):
Ganon, Martin, and Rajnandini Pillai. Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys through 29 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity. CA: Sage, 2010.
Chhokar, Jagdeep, Felix Brodbeck, and Robert House (Eds.). Culture and Leadership in 25 Societies: Integration, Conclusions, and Future Directions, in Culture and Leadership Across the World: The Globe Book of In-depth Studies of 25 Societies. New York, NY: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007.
- AFTER INTERNSHIP
Session 9. Check-in session
In this session we will practice how to express and promote the internship experience verbally and in résumé format to optimize future career opportunities. In particular, we will utilize the concept of the elevator pitch in which students present their improved competencies and skills in a succinct and polished fashion. The final paper is due in this session.
Duarte, Nancy. HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations: Inspire Action, Engage your Audience, Sell your Ideas. MA: Harvard Business School Publishing, 2012.
Reynolds, Garr. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas and Presentation Design and Delivery. Berkeley: New Riders, 2008.
Session 10. Final Presentations
Final presentations will be based on academic paper and will be delivered in this session. Students are encouraged to make a professional presentation using a presentation tool such as Prezi or PowerPoint, for example, to equip themselves with a finished product to show their university or interested future study-abroad candidates at home. Presentations should conclude with a personal “take-away” statement relating to internship experience. The program will conclude with dinner at a local restaurant.