Are you seeking a highly relevant experience in communications and media that enables you to develop professional skills and offers you a thorough cultural immersion in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world? Our Community Field Experience “Communication & Media” enables you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. You are matched with a local host organization according to your level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific field experience plan is developed in advance of your 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 with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting.
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
- Work with local colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique African perspective on development and nation building.
- Explore the progress and challenges towards development of a leading African success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised community field experience. Qualified students are placed with a local host organization or contribute directly to ongoing project work of our GEI Social Impact Lab. Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired activities. A specific field experience 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), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in a major or minor with relevance to communications, media, journalism and marketing. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.
Course requirements and student evaluation
- Course participation and engagement (40%)
- Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
- Field experience report (15%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
1 credit per 50 hours is available from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey.
South Africa has emerged from its troubled and turbulent past into a healthy democratic country and the economic powerhouse of the African continent. At the same time, it’s a great place to witness a society going through dynamic changes, as it can still be considered both a developed and an underdeveloped country. South Africans forge a new identity, strongly embracing their unique multicultural character.
Frequently ranked one of the best places to visit on the planet, Cape Town is the gateway to this program. Many of our South African projects take place here, including in townships like Langa.
Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.
- Placement and supervision at a host organization
- Pre-placement orientation
- Weekly interdisciplinary training session
- Weekly meeting with the field experience supervisor
- Accommodation – either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week (what to expect) or at a local guesthouse with breakfast
- Personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse
- 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff
Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health insurance, transportation outside of the orientation days, meals outside of the orientation days and the homestays, academic credits, personal expenses and other extras.
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey.
Cailin Human, a South African native, is the main in-country coordinator for our community field experiences in South Africa. She holds an MBA from the prestigious University of Stellenbosch, and has previously worked at the business schools of the two leading universities in Cape Town – Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town. Over the course of her professional and academic career, she has held various leadership positions.
- Tuition: US $1,510
- Room & board: US $800
- Health insurance: US $80
- TOTAL: US $2,390
1 credit per 50 hours