Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Janet Y. Thomas


International internships are one of the fastest-growing areas of education abroad; yet remain inaccessible to many potential participants. Under the current structure, federal financial aid loans may only be applied to credit-bearing programs. As a result, many students who utilize financial aid are excluded from non-credit-bearing international education opportunities. Internship programs where students earn academic credit fill the gap in program offerings and make internships abroad increasingly financially accessible.

This capstone presents the Culture & Context internship program, an eight week intensive program designed for Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE), a 3rd party study abroad provider focused exclusively on program delivery in Barcelona, Spain. The Culture & Context program is designed to operate in collaboration with Barcelona International College to offer six university credits through Jacksonville University and provide participants with increased cultural learning and professional development opportunities. This program is designed specifically to offer improved access to an internship abroad opportunity than the previous Barcelona SAE internship program design through the implementation of an academic credit model. In addition, specific emphasis is placed upon comprehensive diversity initiatives that will yield a more diverse spectrum of participants for Barcelona SAE and the Culture & Context program.


International and Comparative Education