MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY : DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Highlighting Intercultural Competence in International Internships
Many study abroad and exchange programs refer to the acquisition of intercultural competencies as a key benefit of the experience. However, students are often left on their own to navigate cultural differences and learn to survive in different contexts. In an international internship context, the need for students to have intercultural competencies is more expedient. This is because interns have to work with industry partners who expect professionalism. This means that students are arguably under more pressure to have considered their personal development in this area. This presentation posits that Institutions and providers need to equip potential interns with the adequate cultural knowledge even prior to the internship. In addition, interns need to be provided with a framework for reflection on their intercultural competencies and how to navigate cross-cultural professional contexts.
1. How do we develop intercultural competencies amongst international interns?
2. Why is it important to develop these competencies as part of the process rather than just an outcome at the end of the experience?
3. Strategies for Providers to consider in engendering these competencies amongst international internship programs
Dr Shanton Chang
School of Computing and Information Systems
the University of Melbourne
Shanton is an academic and former Assistant Dean (International) at The University of Melbourne. With more than 20 years of experience in IE, he currently researches on Online Behaviours and Information Seeking Behaviours of International Students. He has won awards from IDP International Education and ISANA for contributions to IE.
Ms Jan DREW
THE GLOBAL STUDENT
Jan has over 20 years working in Asia, currently in Malaysia in the company she founded, The Global Student, working with universities to develop internships, study tours and volunteer programs. Her knowledge of the education sector, and understanding of Asian culture, provides a unique position for engaging with the region.