Title

Starting A Career In International Education: International Education Professionals’ Perception Of Internships And Their Experiences

Publication Date

5-23-2008

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

David Shallenberger

Abstract

My research focuses on the International Education Professionals (IEPs) who specifically work in international students and scholars and/or study abroad offices in higher education institutes in Massachusetts, USA. I used the exploratory research approach as my methodology to explore current IEPs’ experiences, perceptions and values on internships. I collected my data using online surveys and conducting in-person interviews. The ultimate purpose of this study is to assert the importance of internships for young professionals as a hands-on experience when starting a career in IE. Overall, the responses from current IEPs were mostly positive as many of them placed a high value on internships for graduate students. However, there were varied opinions whether internships have a decisive role in one’s ability to enter the field. The key to entering the field was whether an individual was passionate about the IE field or not.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education

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