Creating international internship opportunities that meet student demand and university goals

Establishing internship opportunities that meet both students’ interest and university goals and policy can be difficult. This e-poster will provide a framework for universities to establish international experiential learning programs that students want to pursue that meet the academic and policy needs of the university. In five slides you will be introduced to the four rules of engagement and program development that any institution can use to establish both one-off opportunities for their students and, more importantly, long-term relationships with cities and employers. This means that internship programs can be offered with confidence that sustainability, relationships, educational outcomes and value meet the needs of the university and the student.

Attendees will leave the e-poster presentation with specific knowledge on how to vet a city for possible internship opportunities using four fundamental criteria: location/city; employer opportunities; regulatory environment; and potential approaches to build portfolio.

Mr Christopher Mckenzie

Director, Partnership and Program Development

The Academic Internship Council

Christopher McKenzie collaborates with universities around the world to assist them with the development of internship and experiential learning programs for their students. Over a 25-year career, Chris has held leadership roles within three university systems, most recently departing Michigan State University in early 2017. His roles have focused on strategic program development for domestic and international college students, transfer and non-traditional students, and high school students. Chris’s consultative approach led the way in partnership recruiting and advising methods that incorporated Holland’s Vocational Theory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (personality type), and similar tools into the student decision-making model so that they could better understand and design their own educational and career path.

A Michigan native, Chris graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in recreation specialising in experiential and outdoor education.