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Art History in Florence. Biomedical Engineering in Barcelona. Comparative Healthcare Systems in Havana. Global Business in London. With API Customized Programs, some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom walls. The world is your classroom. API is ready to help you develop your next customized or faculty-led program.
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Study Abroad + Options
High school students and recent high school graduates have the unique opportunity to complete a virtual internship with a local business or NGO in Latin America or the South Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) to gain first-hand, real-world experience in exploring different industries. This is a unique opportunity to not only learn about a particular company, but to also learn about a field and industry as well as the cultural aspects of working with a company in a different country.
Full-time internships will require a commitment of 32 hours a week; part-time internship placements will require a commitment of 20 hours per week.
API’s virtual internship programming will support your internship success as you engage in activities designed to refine specific skills, orient you to the international workplace culture, guide you through virtual cultural webinars and local visits, and display your learning in a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile, e-portfolio, personal websites, digital resumes and more!
Program participants will have the opportunity to culminate their virtual learning experience with an optional 7-16 day excursion in March 2021! Participants will experience the rich cultural heritage of the country of their choice through various tours, visits to historic sites, and opportunities to experience the local culture firsthand. Participants interested in this option may select one excursion and will be charged an additional fee. Please note that participants must be 18 or older by the program start date. The international excursions require minimum enrollment per location and itineraries are subject to change.
The week will include guided tours of each city, including Barcelona’s famous Barrio de Grácia neighborhood and a bicycle excursion through central Madrid. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and history, to include language exchanges with local Spaniards and visits to local organizations, including a Spanish ham company – the best ham in the world! In addition, students will dive into the local culture with a flamenco show, rumba workshop, cooking class, and more. Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some churros & chocolate!
March dates: March 22-30, 2021
The week will include a guided tour of central London, including Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, and a flight on the London Eye. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and history, such as a trip to the Bank of England museum, a tour of British Parliament, as well as the opportunity to participate in a guest lecture on the LSE campus! In addition, students will dive into the local culture with tours of Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a West End Theatre show, and more. The week also includes a day trip to Paris by train for students to explore the City of Lights! Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some fish & chips!
The week will include guided tours of each city, including Rome’s famous Trastevere neighborhood, the Gucci Garden in Florence, and St. Mark's Square in Venice. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose them to local culture and history, ranging from museums and art galleries, a wine tasting event, an Italian cooking class, a glass blowing demonstration on the Venetian island of Murano, and more. Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some pizza and gelato!
API’s Virtual Global Internship Program will provide you the opportunity to intentionally grow the skills that employers value in a global context, in a remote setting from home.
Develop skills while working on projects in real-world scenarios, grow a global network of professional contacts and explore diverse workplace cultures along the way. You will be a part of API’s virtual intern community, sharing your experience with API’s network of interns completing internships across the world. As a result, you will also earn a digital badge credential that you can display on LinkedIn that certifies your successful skill development and connects you to job openings and employers that seek your specific skill set. And you will do it all while navigating a variety of digital technologies—another top skill for employers!
Connect with global interns in our virtual workspace and navigate activities designed to grow your professional skill set and earn the API Digital Badge in Global Workplace Communication. Level-up your badge with Spanish language if participating in a Spanish-speaking internship.
The workspace will include activities to help you grow these essential skills:
- Critical Thinking + Problem-Solving- Communication- Leadership- Cross-cultural Collaboration- Professionalism + Work Ethic- Reflection + Application
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to for your API program!
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Our customized internship program will give you the unique opportunity to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high-quality virtual international internship. Our internship program is comprehensive and includes all of the key services and support to enhance your experience. We will help you through every step of the process from the application stage to the culmination of your internship. Your first step toward this once in a lifetime opportunity is to complete an application.
Make a difference during your virtual internship experience with a non-governmental organization (NGO) working to support communities, solve global issues, or work with marginalized communities and populations while gaining valuable career skills at the same time. Example intern duties might include advocating for social justice issues, assisting with community development, educating on healthcare access, planning and facilitating fundraising events, and administration.
In a world where borders are increasingly fluid, it is imperative that business leaders of the future recognize how to navigate global challenges through cultural understanding, market knowledge, and cross-cultural communication skills. Because many companies have international operations or clients overseas, global skills and experience are often a prerequisite. Real world international work experience can also open up employment opportunities in a competitive job market. Example intern duties might include administration, developing a marketing strategy, creating proposals, budgeting, analyzing data, client relationship management, research, and presentations.
Those seeking careers in advertising, communications, and journalism are well suited for global work experience. Many advertising companies work with global clients and journalism often is international in scope. Having a global perspective in these fields is an asset, so stand out with an international internship experience! Example intern duties might include client relationships, copywriting, editing, writing, creative, event management, social media management, website content development, branding, press releases, filming, and communication strategy.
Bringing global awareness and understanding into the classroom can add to the educational experience that you offer future students. That is why more and more teaching students look to complete part of their qualifying practicums abroad through an education internship. There are many international schools abroad that will virtually host interns in their classroom or administrative offices. Example intern duties might include lesson planning, one-on-one tutoring, teaching, meetings, and administrative support to the supervising teacher. Teaching and education related applicants may need to be flexible with destination and program dates as school academic calendars abroad vary greatly by location.