Publication Date

5-2014

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Gobbo

Abstract

International internships have been continuously rising in popularity over the past decade, with participation in work, internships, and volunteering abroad (WIVA) more than tripling over a ten year span from 1999/2000 to 2010/2011(Farrugia, 2013). One of the most important elements of an intern abroad program is to set expectations so that students can have a successful program, both personally and professionally. The onsite orientation is therefore a vital piece of an effective intern abroad program.

Setting Expectations: An Onsite Orientation for Intern Abroad Programs in London is a four-day orientation program in London, England developed for participants in the Intern in London program administered by London Study Abroad Experience (SAE). This orientation has been redesigned to fit the specific needs of the students in order to equip them with the tools necessary for a positive internship experience, and prepare them for future endeavors. With a strong focus on experiential learning, the orientation engages participants during every aspect of the program. Participants will gain knowledge about the city, its history and culture, health and safety information, and business etiquette specific to their internship program.

This program design is grounded in the theoretical underpinnings of experiential learning, diverse learning styles, and student development; and emphasizes the importance of onsite orientations. Key stakeholders were surveyed and interviewed in order to develop a well-rounded and successful orientation. Staff and participants evaluate its effectiveness in order to continuously improve the onsite programming.

Disciplines

Higher Education | International and Comparative Education | International Business

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