Global Internships: Developing Intercultural awareness and workplace diversity

Global Internships: Developing Intercultural awareness and workplace diversity

27 Mar 2019 15:00 15:20

27-March-2019 / Wednesday / 15:00 - 15:20


This poster session will illustrate how powerful international internships can be in a students intercultural awareness development if designed purposefully. An academic framework will be provided as a basis for internship program design. How to incorporate place-based factors that influence the experience into program design will be discussed (country, culture, language etc...). Examples of suggested course work pre, during, and post internship will be presented that emphasizes a better self understanding of diversity and intercultural awareness.

A framework describing 4 Models of internship program design that can be implemented by any university in any city worldwide Understanding factors that influence program design: culture, language, length of time, industry Developing learning outcomes that emphasize diversity, intercultural awareness, and employability Structuring an internship portfolio that is inherently diverse and integrate diversity and intercultural awareness learning modules.


Mr Chris McKenzie 
Program and Partnership Development,
The Academic Internship Council,

Chris has held leadership roles within three University systems, most recently Michigan State University, focused on marketing and strategic program development for the recruitment and admissions of international students. Currently, Chris works with The Academic Internship Council and partners with Universities worldwide to collaboratively design and implement experiential learning programs.