MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY : DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS
International Internships as an Instrument for Developing Global Citizens
Traditional modes of academic mobility and career experience have been extensively studied and are well-understood. In contrast, understanding of international internships is less developed in terms of academic outcomes and career impact, and many universities are still developing or refining their frameworks for managing these programs. Further, the attention given to international internships so far has focused more on North American and European activity than on the Asia-Pacific region and the global south. In this session, we will discuss a three-sided model in which each stakeholder has a specific role to play: The university provides the background, context, and oversight for the international internship experience; the host company or organization provides the professional experience itself; and a third-party provider solves the logistical problems. We will illuminate how these three parties can work together with the student at the center of the structure, and underscore the learning opportunities for the students to develop cultural sensitivity, a sense of community, and an awareness of global challenges coupled with a sense of responsibility for seeking solutions. We will rely on perspectives drawn exclusively from the educational and cultural contexts of Asia and Australia.
- Demonstration of how universities can use international internships to ensure that students have tangible learning outcomes towards developing a strong sense of global responsibility
- Exploration of how universities in the Asia-Pacific region can work towards building the optimal framework for supporting the students' experiences
- Illustration of how internship-abroad experiences can help awaken global awareness in students from all countries, backgrounds, and fields of study
- Refined understanding of how international internships offer different opportunities and outcomes compared to other mobility and career experiences
Mr John Monahan
The Intern Group
John is a member of the Board of Directors of The Intern Group, a third-party organizer of internship-abroad programs.
Mr Stewart Collins
Swinburne University of Technology
Stewart manages Swinburne’s outbound student mobility program including semester exchange, overseas study tours and overseas internships. He has over 15 years of experience including international student support, government sponsored students, international admissions, transnational education and international student recruitment worldwide. Stewart has also been an international student in Indonesia and Thailand.
Mr Kenny Leung
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Kenny is a global career development facilitator and university career advisor with a Master of Education Degree. His background includes 13 years of experience in commercial and education sectors. He is conversant in overseeing international and local internship programs, aiming to maximize students’ learning outcomes.