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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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When the Four Mamas founded API together more than 20 years ago, they dreamed of creating high-quality, safe, life-changing study abroad programs they would feel good sending their own kids on. With dedication, hard work, and a lot of love, their dream became reality. Thousands and thousands of students have chosen API to support them on their own life-changing study abroad experiences, with the Four Mamas cheering them on every step of the way. No matter who you are or where you come from, API will support you on your journey.
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One of the best outcomes from spending time interning abroad is the opportunity for personal development and awareness. Understanding your unique passions, interests, character, and natural abilities can help save valuable time and money as you begin your professional career. By stepping outside your comfort zone and into new surroundings, you will have the chance for self-reflection and the opportunity to unlock abilities that you never realized you had.
Whether you want to climb the corporate ladder, create your own start-up, work in public service, or explore any of the other career paths available, you will benefit by having a variety of experiences to help discover and shape your interests and passions. Interning abroad through API is the perfect way to accelerate your career path through career exploration and cultivation. By interning abroad you are beginning on the path to personal and professional excellence. In addition to test-driving a potential career avenue through a customized internship placement overseas, our program has been developed to give you the best career development training and resources as you prepare for a meaningful and successful career.
Whether it is through our pre-departure orientation materials and resources, our exclusive Career Navigation Briefcase, or onsite during our Workplace and Culture Orientation, you will have access to a wealth of information to help you take charge of planning your professional future.
Problem solving, communication, taking initiative, self-confidence, and adaptability are just a few of the skills that participants who study or intern abroad indicate they gained through participation. The good news is that these skills match the top skills that employers say graduates are lacking when entering their professional careers.
You should certainly participate in a domestic internship, but that may not be enough to complete in a global economy where companies work with international clients, have global operations, and employ a diverse work forces made up of people from many different cultures. That is why more participants are looking to intern abroad as they seek out opportunities to gain international work experience to complement their domestic internship experience. Far fewer participants engage in international internships, giving you a unique experience to help you stand out from other graduates.
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Financing your API program is one of the most important parts of study abroad, and it can also be one of the most stressful. API encourages students to start planning EARLY.
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There are a number of benefits of earning academic credit for your internship experience. Internship coursework requires students to complete a variety of reflective assignments, which will help the student recognize skills and learning gained through participation. This can be essential for communicating the experience and gained competencies to future employers. Also, earning academic credit may open up financial aid and scholarship opportunities through your home institution.
API has partnered with Nichols College to offer academic credit for some API Internship Programs. Nichols College is a private institution located in Dudley, Massachusetts.
8-Week Fixed Date Internship Program Students participating in the API 8-Week Fixed Date Program can enroll for optional academic credit for an additional fee of $600. Participating in the an internship for credit has a number of benefits. Students will receive an official Nichols College transcript at the conclusion of the program.
API Study + Internship Program Students participating in the Study and Internship Program will automatically be enrolled for academic credit through Nichols College. This program will begin with two, five-week intensive academic courses taught by faculty onsite. Following the intensive courses, the students will participate in a 7-week full-time internship placement. Students will earn letter grades for the coursework, for a total of 12 credit hours (2 academic courses for 3 credits each, and 6 credits for their internship coursework). Students will receive an official Nichols College transcript at the conclusion of the program.
In many cases, students can earn credit for the 8-Week Fixed Date or Flex Date Internship Programs though their home institution. In most cases, this will be arranged through your academic department. All tuition fees are paid directly to your home institution and are in addition to the API program fees. It is important to arrange any academic credit before participation in the program as academic credit cannot retroactively be given.
Working overseas presents unique challenges and pushes you outside of your comfort zone, it can also be a great way to grow your soft skills. More and more employers are saying that work experience is more important than G.P.A, field of study, or the name of your school.
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In addition to our full-time internship programs, API also offers students the option to participate in an internship while on a semester, academic year, or summer study abroad program. In most cases, students can earn academic credit, though some opportunities are offered without credit. Most internship opportunities are included in the cost of the program, though a few are offered for an additional fee.