Congratulations and Welcome! You’re probably visiting this page because you will be participating in a ASC Internship, in the near future. The information below will provide you with important information related to your Student Internship program as well as advice on departing for your once in a lifetime experience. As always, continue to check your email for important updates and pre-departure meeting times from ASC.
Finding you an international internship
Some academic programs require students to undertake an internship. Some students themselves see internships as a competitive advantage in the race to find the right job after graduation. Whatever the case, The Study Tour Experts can help you find an internship that follows on after your international study tour and tailor it to your requirement! While it probably won’t be the last time you head overseas, why not tack an internship onto the back of your study tour and stay a little longer than you intended but all for the cause of leveraging into the job of your dreams.
Before you head off from home, feel free to reach out to your lecturer or professor and he/she will coordinate with us on the basis of your industry/job requirement. Think about where you would like to be down the track in your career and perhaps this international internship maybe the starting point for you.
Most importantly, work with your academic and our team to properly define the type of role you would like and we will work with our network of industry contacts to try to connect you to the internship you have been looking for.
Why do an International Internship?
Almost all University Faculty or Departments require their students to undertake some form of internship and in many cases more than one internship. This is true too of many universities. For many employers, there is an implicit understanding that graduating students will come to them with some form of work experience. Not having a job and then employers expecting work experience is a vicious cycle. If your fellow international student has a series of internships and you don’t, it may not be a cycle you are unable to break.
Landing in France as an architectural student or in Dubai as a business student on a study tour may seem surreal at the time but what is possibly more surreal is landing an internship in that country. Being able to list the study tour and all it’s presenters on your CV is great – but wouldn’t it be better to say you stayed on with one of those companies as an intern?
ASC as part of your international study tour might be just the trick.
Tell us what kind of internship you are interested in.
Some internships are for a month while some are for almost a year. Some are very cross functionally focused while others are quite specialised. Some require independent working while others involve a great deal of supervision. In short – all internships are quite different. In many ways, the key to a good internship experience really relies on the mindset of the student and the choices that he/she makes. Deciding which type of internship and why you want that kind of internship should be the first part of the internship process.
There are many types of internships and the first thing you need to do is to ask yourself – what is your objective and why choose that kind of internship? For many students it is about creating a foundation for a long term career. For many of these people it is really all about being able to better understand how an internship will help meet such goals.
For others, it may not be so clinical. It maybe just a chance to explore an industry they are curious about or indeed to live in a country they have always dreamed about. Taking on an internship in a far away land maybe just the start.
Students must have a valid passport (& visa if necessary. ASC will be in-charge of your visa acquisition):
If you do not yet have your Native passport you can submit the Internship/ Study Tour/Study Abroad application without this information. However, once you are notified of your acceptance to the program, you should apply for your passport immediately by going to your State Department incharge for new passports.. The duration or weeks for your passport to be issued will base on the countries acquision of their passport.
All participants must submit a copy of their passport to the ASC as soon as possible.
Every member or student may need a visa to participate in any ASC program outside their native country. Once you have been accepted, we will contact you to set up an appointment to discuss your status. It is your responsibility to keep this appointment with an ASC staff member to discuss your status and the visa application process. Paying visa processing fees is not an additional cost to the Study Tour program fees but is part of the package fee charged by ASC
ASC Tours and other programs may also require students from US and other countries to obtain a visa. ASC will provide interested and accepted students with information on the process above and assist them in securing visas for their travel.
3) Forms & Waivers
Students must submit several electronic documents to ASC especially foreign Students after they have been accepted to any of ASC programs. Students should review the Pre-Departure Handbook prior to their departure, which ASC will provide in their Application under Learning Content. The ASC Handbook contains general safety tips and information that applies to all student travelers.
4) Pre-Departure Meetings
Upon acceptance into an ASC study tour or Internship or Study Abroad program, students can expect to receive email messages in their ASC account about travel meetings. Emails will be sent by the Programs Manager – Mrs Joyce Mensah-Yeboah Asiedu. In addition to travel meetings, ASC staff including all workers and the students or club members will hold mandatory group meetings to cover all the travel related details of the program. Students must attend to receive paperwork, complete documents and to receive information from ASC regarding emergency procedures, health & safety issues as well as many other topics related to traveling such as climate, packing, currency and much more!
Students participating in a ASC programs will be registered on their various Embassy or State Department website. Being registered on the site allows the Department or Embassy to better assist travelers in an emergency.
6) Insurance Information
ASC works with both local and foreign insurance agencies which will help members to get a better and affordable insurance in their travel.
1) ASC Community Standards
Students that participate in ASC Internship program are expected to continue to follow ASC policies and expectations as outlined by their ASC Office of Community Standards. In order to participate, students sign a Travel Abroad Community Standards Agreement that explains students participating “are governed by ASC Standards as stated in their Student agreements.” Failure to abide by all requirements of the agreement will result in the student being dropped by the program.
Furthermore, the ASC Alcohol, Drug, and Harassment policies also apply to students while abroad. These policies will be provided to all participating Student.
2) Withdrawal Refund Policy
In addition to following ASC standards and expectations, participating students also sign a Program Agreement that they agree to the Terms of Participation. It is extremely important that students and their families understand what this agreement is. This withdrawal policy is outlined in the Study Tour, Internship Programs application and is summarized below:
“I agree to immediately notify ASC in writing should I choose to withdraw from the program. Only that portion of fees which has not been committed on my behalf to the ASC at the time of my cancellation will be refunded to me. All refunds are subject to the ASC receiving my notice of cancellation in writing. If I withdraw from the program after paying my fees, I acknowledge the ASC right to bill me for any financial commitments made on my behalf to the Organization and I agree that I am financially responsible for such costs incurred.”
Once the final ASC club membership and travel committment fee has been set, the students will receive an email outlining the cost of the tour and when payments are due. We allow students to pay in installments over a period of a few weeks or months according to duration time. All payments must be paid on time so that we may in turn, pay program providers on your behalf.
If ASC cancels a tour, then the $500 deposit is refundable. However, if ASC runs a tour, and a student decides not to go, the deposit remains non-refundable.
STUDENT INTERN WORK SCHEDULE/REPORT
We strongly believe that every student can have a meaningful and successful experience abroad. However, traveling overseas can present unique challenges to different groups of students. African School Culture work closely with the it foreign partners and other coorperate institutions on it various programs to accommodate a variety of needs, and we are prepared to assist each student on an individual basis. Please review the following sections below for more detailed information, and if you have a specific concern or request, make sure to contact us as early as possible in the process to set up appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff members.
RACE AND ETHNICITY OUTSIDE MY NATIVE COUNTRY
You may not be considered an ethnic or religious majority in the country visiting , but by going abroad you may become a minority. In some cases, your outward appearance can also make you stand out, especially if the country’s population is very homogeneous. Sometimes the locals’ curiosity, interest, ignorance or misunderstanding of you can be unpleasant. They may ask what you consider insensitive questions about your cultural heritage, physical features, or national origins. There may even be people who are eager to touch your hair or skin. (This is especially true with children.)
If you find yourself in such a situation, try to distinguish between a person who is genuinely curious about you and your culture and someone who has bad intentions. If a comment or action offends you, try to be tactful with your response, or if you are very upset, leave the situation. Always remember to put your safety first.
Must ask questions:
-How is my ethnic group perceived in my host country? What kinds of stereotypes are there?
-Am I used to being a part of the majority at home but will be a minority abroad? Or vice versa?
-Will there be other minority students on my program?
-How should/will I react if something offends me?
-Who will I contact if I do face racial or discriminatory incidents?
Read about your host country’s racial and ethnic history, as well as their current attitudes towards people of different ethnicities. You might also want to research the topic of immigration, depending on your destination.
Be aware that people may generalize or incorrectly identify your ethnicity.
Talk to other students who have studied outside, particularly if you are a student of color. Learn more about their experiences and ask for their advice.
The more you integrate with the culture of your host country, the less you’ll stand out. But your skin, hair, or other features may still attract attention.
Build a support network among other study abroad students so that if you do face racial or discriminatory incidents, you’ll have support to deal with it.
Be prepared if an incident does arise, but don’t travel overseas expecting racism or discrimination.
STUDENTS WITH DOCUMENTED DISABILITIES
If you have a documented learning, physical or psychological disability, please contact African School Culture or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities immediately after you receive your approval notification from the African School Culture. The programs Manager will then follow established protocols, which include obtaining appropriate documentation from your provider and consulting with you, the ASC, and, if needed, with the international partners to discuss what types of reasonable accommodations might be available to you while participating in any ASC programs. With advanced planning and plenty of vigilance, your trip abroad can be safe and enjoyable!
SPECIAL DIETS ABROAD
If you have special eating habits, are committed to a particular way of eating (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, kosher, macrobiotic) or have health issues or food allergies that result in a special diet ,you will need to research your study internships/study tour destination carefully before assuming that the food you need will be available. In many areas of the world, certain diets are not common, and in some cases, not eating food that has been prepared for you – even if for dietary reasons – is considered rude. If applicable, students living with a host family should inform the program provider of their dietary requirements immediately after acceptance into the program. The ASC or our international partners join accord may need additional time to find a host family that would be able to accommodate specific requests. If a host family cannot meet your needs, alternative housing solutions may be possible – but with early planning. If – for cultural, religious or personal reasons – you do not eat certain types of food you should contact the ASC to see whether or not your dietary needs can be accommodated.
Learn what is and isn’t available so that you can experience the food of the culture you’re living in while at the same time having your dietary needs met. Being flexible, whenever possible, about what you eat will make your study internship or any program participating easier and more enriching.
Religion is an important aspect of culture. While abroad, you may encounter people of various religious and non-religious backgrounds. It is important to understand your beliefs and those of your host country or region to identify any opportunities or challenges that may arise while you are abroad. Depending on where you go, religion may play a larger or smaller role than it does in your native country. While you may be used to being part of the religious majority in the that country, your beliefs may make you a part of the religious minority while abroad. Most importantly, you want to be aware of the level of religious tolerance in your host country so you can make an informed decision on how you will practice your religion while abroad.
While abroad, students should always understand local laws, especially in regards to activities that appear as proselytizing and/or preaching. Always demonstrate respect to icons, statues, by wearing appropriate clothing (for example, many churches and temples forbid shoulders or knees to be exposed). If you are unsure how to dress or act, ask! If it seems appropriate, talk with your new friends, host family, conversation partner, coordinators and others who are interested in discussing religion, faith, spirituality and the ways these issues are understood. You may gain a new perspective on religion by traveling abroad. You may even return home with an increased familiarity with other belief systems and a greater respect for them. Begin your research now by looking at the tipss below and by talking with ASC.
Must ask questions:
-What is the dominant religion in my host/visiting country?
-Will I be part of the religious majority or minority abroad?
-Are there any laws regarding religion? Is there a separation between religion and government?
-How tolerant is the host country of other religions? What about atheists and agnostics?
-Is it safe for me to wear religious symbols or clothing?
Stay open minded about religious practices, even if you receive criticism for your beliefs.
If you are planning to practice your religion abroad, you may want to find out about available (and safe) places of worship.
If you have dietary restrictions related to your religion and you plan to stay with a host family while abroad, be sure to let African School Culture know prior to your departure so they have time to find appropriate arrangements for you.
Attend local worship services as these can give an insight to the local community (even if do not feel religious affiliation). Use the local religion as a lens to the local culture.
Female travelers are more likely to face unwanted attention or even harassment in some cultures abroad. However, you may be able to avoid uncomfortable situations with the following precautions:
Always try to stay with a group when exploring locally and avoid walking alone at night.
Research dress and social behaviors before you go, and respect the customs of the nation. What you think is casual may actually be considered provocative or unacceptable in other cultures. Know before you go, and pack accordingly.
On arrival, note what local women are wearing and how they act, and try to follow their lead.
Don’t feel the need to be overly polite if you are bothered by someone. While it may seem rude to be unfriendly to a stranger, creating boundaries to protect yourself is important. Use facial expressions, body language and a firm voice to fend off any unwanted attention.
Trust your instincts. If something is making you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation. Please do not hesitate to contact the ASC staff at any time during your experience to report concerns or incidents.