Pre-Program Cultural Orientation & Overview
Minimum of 5 contact hours: CIS Abroad staff cover all of the basics students need to know in order to be as prepared as possible and set themselves up for success. Orientation focuses on topics such as the impact of local culture on business etiquette, improving cross-cultural communication skills, adapting work styles to cultural norms, and goal setting. This module also includes recommendations on how to get the most from the internship and advice from past interns.
Mentored, Hands-on Learning
120 – 480 contact hours: Guided by the on-site supervisor, students work on projects that meet the needs of their internship organization. Deliverables are specific, relevant to the industry, demonstrate the application of classroom learning, and can be shared with potential employers. Upon completion of their internship, students typically produce a final video, presentation, or similar deliverable (to be determined in consultation with their internship supervisor) which represents the outcomes/results of their internship.
Seminar: Working Across Cultures
Minimum 15 contact hours: While we are familiar with our own culture, what happens when we shift across cultures and the rules suddenly seem to change? From the entrepreneur seeking to launch a product in a different country, to the U.S.-based engineer working on product design with counterparts in India, to the social worker assisting individuals from a range of backgrounds – the exposure to other cultures is all around us. In order for students to be successful in navigating cultural differences, both internationally as well as domestically, they need to have an understanding of what culture is, how it affects their interactions with others, and what skills they must develop in order to be successful intercultural leaders.
The Local Life Cultural Co-Curriculum
Minimum 20 contact hours: Throughout their time abroad, students are guided through the process of exploring their new host culture and furthering their cross-cultural competence. CIS onsite staff serve as mentors and cultural mediators, challenging students to dive deeper into what it means to be culturally aware through a combination of high-energy group activities and focused cultural encounters. Students engage with each other, their surroundings, and the local community while developing a greater awareness of what it means to be a global citizen.
Seminar: Own your Career
Minimum 15 contact hours: In the final weeks of their internship, students will be guided to reflect on their experience with an eye toward their future careers. Through various challenge activities, students learn how to:
- Translate their experience into content for their digital profile and augment their self-brand;
- Define the next steps of their career development;
- Articulate their experience for potential employers in order to increase their employability.
Seminar content also addresses how to use LinkedIn to boost their online professional presence and encourages students to “commit to connect” with coworkers and other professionals that can assist them on their professional journey.
Micro-credential: Working Across Cultures
All participants in this program are also eligible to earn a Working Across Cultures micro-credential.
Total Contact Hours: 175-535