AIFS Abroad

Study + Intern Abroad in London
Summer 2021
Course Descriptions


In the first 6 weeks of the program students will take two 3-credit courses of their choice from those listed in the following course page. For the remaining 6 weeks they will participate in a substantive career development experience arranged and delivered by Global Experiences, a member of the AIFS family.

GE 298 (6)
Global Experiences International Internship

Students will engage in a work experience with organizations in a wide variety of fields. The experience is designed to be relevant to the studentís academic pursuits, personal development, and professional preparation.

The internship is a substantive career development experience and provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in workplace settings and to translate classroom learning into practice. The intent is for the student to be exposed to business ideas and concepts while being mentored. Doing analysis, contributing to decisions, and communicating meaningful ideas should form the bulk of the work, although some low skill work (for example, data entry and making phone calls) can be a part of the assignment. At the end of the internship experience, students will be able to reflect on their personal and professional growth and begin seeing themselves on their career path.

While every internship is different, Global Experiences (GE) has adopted the internship definition recommended by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE.) The criteria are as follows:

Course Objectives

Through a highly customized international internship the student will develop their own professional abilities, draw on their StrengthsFinder attributes to navigate their assigned duties, and cultivate an understanding of the business norms of the host culture. Interns may be tasked with a variety of projects, events or presentations. Students will utilize Gallup coaching, mentoring, and reflective exercises to develop their professional skills and industry knowledge. This will be an applied learning experience. Internships will require students to continually assess and interpret different work styles, industry methods and cultural approaches to their chosen profession. Students will gain self-awareness of their own strengths, have developed intercultural understanding of foreign work culture, gained professional work experience, and completed career communication essentials such as an online LinkedIn profile, interview skills, and networking training.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify and apply their own strengths to work better individually and as a team
  • Gain meaningful professional work experience in a multicultural setting
  • Develop and use written, spoken and body language skills effectively across cultures
  • Reflect and evaluate their personal and professional growth during the internship