AT A GLANCE
Start dates: Custom dates, year-round
Duration: 4 weeks or longer
Credit: 4 US credits (~ 8 ECTS credits) for eligible university students
Eligibility: Undergrad/grad – any field and level of study
Program fees: US $2,870 (4 weeks) + US $480 per extra week
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Do you seek a global internship that offers a lot more than just a meaningful international work experience? Are you passionate about making an impact and developing competencies as a global change leader? Then this program series is for you! Why?
Because GEI not only provides you with highly engaging multi-disciplinary internship placements with one of our many vetted local partner organizations. We have also developed a unique program environment that offers you a multitude of additional opportunities to hone your global change leadership competencies, interact with global and local peers, and receive extensive mentoring and support.
You are matched with a local host organization according to your level of study, existing skills, and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Academic credits are available, and you will be expected to complete some key course requirements. In addition to the placement, you will benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session as well as various other resources with interdisciplinary training on change leadership competencies, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting.
While we cannot guarantee that we will find a suitable host organization for you, placements are typically available in a range of fields. This includes medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, oral health, mental health, veterinary medicine, business, social innovation, global studies, communications & media, law, development, education, sustainability, engineering, or natural resource management. Custom placements are available year-round, with flexible durations (minimum 4 weeks).
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with the development of core competencies as a change leader.
- Work with Vietnamese colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence, and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique Asian perspective on sustainable development and change leadership.
- Explore the transformations towards sustainable development of a leading Asian success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
The Asian Dragon is undergoing some of the fastest socio-economic changes any country in the world has seen. It is a major development success story with remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of massive political and economic reforms in 1986. But the lure of modern living has a deep impact on the traditional networks of family and community that continue to play a pivotal role in society.
This program enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised internship experience. Qualified students are placed with a local host organization in one of various fields, including, among others, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, oral health, mental health, veterinary medicine, business, social innovation, global studies, communications & media, law, development, education, sustainability, engineering, or natural resource management.
Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Students benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting.
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Develop an increased level of self-efficacy and competency in a specific career field
- Engage in professional workplace expectations, including organizational culture, time management, appropriate dress and professional relationship boundaries
- Display professional communication through oral and written means in professional settings
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), transformations towards sustainable development, storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Dates, fees, and scholarships
|Program||Application due||Start date||End date||Fees|
|Year-round||2 months prior||Custom||Custom||US $2,870 (4 weeks)
+ US $480 per additional week
We value full transparency and no hidden costs. As a result, you won’t have any disappointing surprises when you arrive.
Included in your program fees are the placement and supervision at a host organization, a pre-placement orientation, a weekly interdisciplinary training session, a weekly meeting with the internship supervisor, accommodation (either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week or at a local guesthouse with breakfast), a personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse, and 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff.
It is important that you take note of what is explicitly not included in the program fees. This helps you budget. Not included are the transportation to/from the program location airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, meals and local transportation other than what’s included in your accommodation, excursions that you may want to do in your own time during weekends, general items and services of a personal nature, medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided, and other discretionary expenses. Also not included are potential expenses relating to any Covid-19-related measures, including testing, quarantine, or isolation requirements. Should such requirements exist, we will gladly provide on-site assistance, but you will have to cover all related expenses.
In addition, if you are an undergraduate student and want to seek academic credit, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via GEI’s academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, which carries an additional fee of US $125 per credit.
GEI offers a variety of merit scholarships, trailblazer scholarships, and opportunity scholarships and grants. You can find further information as well as additional resources for external funding opportunities in the following blog post: Scholarships & Grants.
Our program staff
Our in-country program staff consists of experienced local education, sustainability, and program operations experts.
Thuy Phan, MA
Amy Lin, MA
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