The Institute of International Education's Center for Academic Mobility Research is also pleased to announce the publication of a new briefing paper: Learn by Doing: Expanding International Internships/Work Abroad Opportunities for U.S. STEM Students
This briefing paper is the outcome of a special workshop held in April 2012 in Washington, DC, to explore internship and work abroad programs in the STEM fields, specifically creating, maintaining, funding, and assessing these programs. A coalition of education abroad professionals from the NAFSA: Association for International Educators’ Work, Internship, and Volunteer Abroad (WIVA) Subcommittee, and the University of California, San Diego, joined IIE in convening the event, which was attended by more than 60 participants from across the United States and Canada.
Learn by Doing
helps define work abroad, review existing program models, and address how to effectively communicate the benefits of work abroad programs to faculty, administration, and employers. The briefing paper also discusses funding and assessment tools for work abroad programs.
There are copies of the briefing paper available at the IIE booth (#315) at the NAFSA conference. In addition, Sabeen Altaf, the briefing paper's co-author and a program officer in science and technology programs at IIE, will be at the IIE booth on Thursday, May 31st from 2-3pm to discuss the paper and international internships and work abroad programs in general.
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