SESSION 1: Intro to Course Content & Placement Process
(30 min, online predeparture) (Faculty) Introduction to the course content and requirements; introduction to the internship placement requirements and the internship contract. The concept of reciprocity in the internship placement.
- How to avoid being the ugly American when doing business abroad. Case study by Andrew Rosenbaum. Harvard Business School
- Students should be provided with resources to learn about the local culture prior to departure.
Directed Journal entry:
Describe your learning goals for the internship and how you believe the experience may contribute to your future career.
SESSION 2: Intro to Resume Writing
(30 min, online predeparture) (Internship Coordinator) Introduction to résumé writing; international résumé formats; review and feedback of students’ résumés.
Students submit résumés for review and revise as necessary.
SESSION 3: Interview Coaching & Placement Interviews
(30 min, online, predeparture) (Internship Coordinator) Overview of preparing for an interview including common interview questions and techniques for online interviews; practice interviews with Center staff; employer interviews in the host city. Professional expectations in the host country (dress, punctuality, office behavior, use of internet & technology).
- IES Internships Student Preparation Manual
- Local interviewing guidelines to be provided by IES Center
Students participate in practice interviews with IES staff and then with potential host companies.
SESSION 4: Introduction to Cultural Analysis Toolkit
(60 min, online, pre-departure) (Faculty) Introduction to the Cultural Analysis Toolkit; Communicating across cultures: communication styles and how to communicate effectively with supervisors; introduction to networking and the role of social media in developing a professional network.
- Mendez, Deirdre (2013). Cultural Analysis Toolkit: Navigating International Business Culture, The University of Texas at Austin CIBER: 3-44
- Early, P. Christopher and Mosakowski, Elaine (2004). Best Practice: Cultural Intelligence in Harvard Business Review: 139-146
- China profile, Library of Congress, 2006. https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/cs/profiles/China.pdf (42 pages)
Take the Self-Test for each feature in the Cultural Analysis Toolkit and chart your own cultural profile on page 30 of the Toolkit. Be ready to discuss your own profile and cultural biases in On-site Session 6. In particular, be ready to describe your own communication style and what you can do to adapt to the communication style of your supervisor and host culture.
SESSION 5: Case Discussion
(2.5 hours, online predeparture) (Faculty) Case discussion about the local impact of the recent worldwide economic crisis, the interactions between the national economy and the labor market and their combined impact on job opportunities, workplace demographics, and internship placements. In addition, an overview of relevant factors for working and living in the internship destination.
Be ready to discuss your internship destination’s economic challenges in On-site Session 6.
SESSION 6: Introduction to the Local Environment
(2.5 hours on-site) (Faculty) On-site introduction to the local environment. Review of Online Sessions 4 and 5, seminar and internship expectations. Discussion about unique features of the local population.
Review of Online Sessions 4 & 5: Small group discussions on interns’ cultural biases before general class discussion on culture. Groups should include a mix of 3-Credit and 6-Credit students. Class discussion on current local economic profile, challenges and impact on internship placements. Discussion of interns’ previous internship experiences and challenges, and general expectations regarding summer internships and internship location.
The culture of China, Chap. 1-2, Edited by Kathleen Kuiper, Britannica Educational, 2011 http://184.108.40.206:8090/download/42d3b483-d3dc-4d33-8077-c10d7bc27ae3.pdf
SESSION 7: History, Politics and Economy of the Host City
(2.5 hours on-site) (Faculty)
SESSION 8: Cultural Assessment Toolkit
(2.5 hours on-site) (Faculty) Learn how to identify cultural features without falling into the trap of stereotyping. Understand the impact of stereotypes and cultural differences on judgment and decision making. Groups created in first on-site Session re-form for group and class discussions – including ongoing Cultural Analysis Project.
Each group will be given a joint task to culturally analyze their workplaces and their internship city and other locations they visit during the summer – groups will report back in the subsequent shared 3-Credit and 6-Credit Session on Lessons Learned. You should keep in mind that your experiences in a given internship may not necessarily be indicative of the national culture.
SESSION 9: Stereotypes and Cultural Differences
(2.5 hours on-site) (Faculty) Discuss the observations you have made at your internship workplace using the Cultural Assessment Toolkit as a framework. What have you learned from observation, conversation, written materials and/or meetings? What are your own preferences and what challenges do you face in this new environment? What strategies are you using to achieve your goals? Groups created in first on-site Session re-form for group and class discussions – including ongoing Cultural Analysis Project.
SESSION 10: Networking
(2.5 hours on-site) (Internship Coordinator & Faculty) Following up from the introduction presented in Session 4, learn more about how professionals develop their network in the local environment. Learn the role of social media, personal contacts and professional organizations in one’s network. Develop an understanding of how networking influences employment opportunities and career development. Practice introducing yourself or others in a culturally appropriate manner in preparation to attend a professional networking event.
Readings: (Re-introduce readings on Networking for Online Session 4 – see below - and/or new readings and location-specific materials)
SESSION 11: International Careers & Local Job Opportunities
- Auzenne, M., & Horstman, M. (2006). Building a Network. Available: http://www.manager-tools.com/2006/05/building-a-network Accessed: 30 October, 2012. (podcast).
- Coombs, Ariella. (May 2014). The Jimmy Fallon Effect: 10 Qualities Of Great Networkers, http://www.careerealism.com/networkers-qualities-jimmy-fallon/#KOyUIDOZ6...
- Cross, Rob and Thomas, Robert (2011). Managing Yourself: A Smarter Way to Network, Rob Cross and Robert Thomas (HBR July-August 2011) Available: http://hbr.org/2011/07/managing-yourself-a-smarter-way-to-network
- Harris, Lisa and Rae, Alan. (2011). Building a personal brand through social networking. Journal of Business Strategy. Vol 32, No 5. pp. 14-21.
- Inkson, Kerr. (2007). Careers as relationships. Understanding careers: The metaphors of working lives. pp. 177-197
- Thomas W. Lin, Business Strategy and Guanxi, Marshall Review, Volume 2, May 4, 2004. https://msbfile03.usc.edu/digitalmeasures/wtlin/intellcont/Lin%20--%20Bu... (5 pages)
(2.5 hours on-site) (Internship Coordinator & Faculty) Learn about opportunities to internationalize your career, including resources available to job seekers in the local environment.
SESSION 12: Lessons Learned: Student Presentations
(2.5 hours on-site) (Internship Coordinator & Faculty) Students present their “lessons learned” from their internship experiences. This may be based on the analytical paper due at the end of the course and/or the Cultural Analysis Toolkit materials.
Final analytical paper due
SESSION 13: Incorporate Your Internship into Your Career Search
(2.5 hours on-site) (Internship Coordinator & Faculty) Workshop on incorporating your internship experience into your résumé and describing it in a job application and during an interview.
Directed Journal Entry:
What do you think are the three main new skills you have acquired from your internship? Think critically. These may be hard skills such as learning how to use social media for an organization or they may be "soft skills" such as working with people from different cultures.
Students submit revised résumés and practice discussing their internships with IES staff and classmates.