Hobart and William Smith have created a new international internship pilot program to ensure students develop career skills and global connection even as the pandemic continues to limit travel.
During the spring 2021 semester, a small number of internship placements will be available through the collaborative efforts of the Center for Global Education (CGE) and the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional, and Experiential Education.
“In light of the cancellation of CGE off-campus study programming through spring 2021, this program is designed to enable students to gain experience connecting with people and organizations located around the world,” write Tom D’Agostino, Dean for Global Education, and Brandi Ferrara, Director of the Salisbury Center. “While not a substitute for an in-person experience, a remote international internship can provide students with an opportunity for intercultural engagement working with people across the globe, helping to prepare them for the sort of work environment they might experience in the future.”
To be considered for an internship, interested students must submit an application by Monday, Nov. 16.
The program is open to juniors and seniors in good academic and social standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (some placements may require a higher GPA). Given the limited number of internships, priority will be given to students who have not had an international study experience, including those whose study abroad programs have been cancelled or were cut short in spring 2020.
Selected students will be placed with an organization through one of the CGE’s current international partners and will be enrolled in a complementary credit-bearing course. All participants will be instructed to consult with their academic advisers and appropriate department and program chairs in advance to determine how the credit may apply in their individual situations.
The photograph above features the Melbourne, Australia skyline.