Global Internship Courses

Summer Courses
Faculty Director

Summer Courses

Understanding the influence of culture on organizational communication is more and more crucial in today’s workplace. The experience of working abroad and with people from different cultures can be a terrific experience or a frustrating one.  This program of providing international or domestic internship experiences and learning about the influence of culture on the workplace is applicable to all of our majors in SMC, as well as to majors outside of SMC. No matter what type of internship experience the students have, there are principles for understanding how to adjust to different cultures and how to work with people from different cultural backgrounds that cut across these experiences.  This program, and the two courses provided within the program, should appeal and be applicable to students from a broad range of professional interests. Summer study on the Global Internship program is designed to prepare you for an international or domestic internship through an exploration of Intercultural Communication in the Workplace.

Intercultural Communication in the Workplace: STRC 3670 (3 s.h.)

How does culture influence how we communicate in the workplace?  This course will be taught on campus before the students leave for their respective internships abroad.   The ICW course will examine the theory behind understanding how culture influences communication processes across interpersonal, organizational, and mediated levels. With special attention given to workplace environments and negotiation processes, this course will be an intense coverage of major theories of intercultural communication and how they apply to the organizations across a variety of cultural contexts. This course will consider major theories of intercultural communication, look at many of the different processes that make up cultural differences, and examine how these theories and processes affect and apply to the practical matter of communicating with people around us.

Internship: ADV 3185 (3 s.h); FMA 3085 (4 s.h); JOURN 3885 (3 s.h.); JOURN 3882 – Special Projects in Journalism (3 s.h.); MSP 4785 (4 credits)*; MSP 4786 (3 credits)*; STRC 3385 – Internship in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (3 s.h.); STRC 3585 – Internship in Public Relations (3 s.h.); STRC 3685 – Internship in Organizational Leadership (3 s.h.); Theater 2085 (3 s.h.); or Theater 3082 – General Study (3 s.h.)

Students selected on the basis of qualifications and interests work as interns with relevant professional organizations in either international or domestic locations; work is on a full-time unpaid basis for the duration of the eight week program.

The overarching theme of this course is the following: How does culture influence the internship experience overseas? This course will be taught on-line during the time that the students are working abroad in their respective internships.

The I2 course will be both a practicum and an academic experience that will be designed to draw on the specific internship experiences to which the students will be assigned. Assignments (e.g., journals, reaction papers, or blogs on cultural insights and experiences) will be developed based on (a) the cultures they go to, (b) the types of experiences that DCI provides the students (e.g., field trips, site visits), and (c) the specific organizations and job responsibilities that the students are assigned to. Particular attention will be given to the specific cultural contexts and how those cultures influence communication at various levels, from face to face within ethnic neighborhoods, to political communication with the particular countries, to the use of media within the country and the organization.

*Special registration restrictions may apply for either MSP internship section.
If you are considering this program and would need to enroll in MSP 4785, you should immediately verify your eligibility for this course by visiting the MSP Internship department page.  You are encouraged to verify your eligibility as early as possible – admission to this course is not guaranteed and is up to the discretion of the MSP Internship Coordinator.  To determine if you are eligible to enroll in this course for the Global Internship program, visit the MSP Internship page.  The only difference you will encounter is that SMC Study Away will register you for the course if taken through the Global Internship program, if you are deemed eligible.  Students that successfully enroll in MSP 4785 will take the online summer internship course with the MSP Internship Coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth Leebron Tutelman.  With the exception of MSP 4785, all other internship sections, however, will be taught online by the Global Inernship Faculty Director, Dr. Deb Cai.  
If you are considering this program and would need to enroll in MSP 4786, you should immediately verify your eligibility for this course by visiting the MSP Internship department page.  There you will find registration for this section requires: Prerequisite: MSP 4785; permission of instructor.  SMC Study Away will verify pre-requisite and will request permission on behalf of the student.  
Contact with further questions if you are interested in enrolling in either Media Studies & Production (MSP) section for the internship course.  Please understand that these are policies, not suggestions or guidelines. These policies must be followed in order to participate in an MSP internship.

Faculty Director

The Temple Global Internship Faculty Director for Summer 2016 will be Professor Deborah A. Cai, former chair of the Department of Strategic Communication at Temple University and current appointee to the Dean of the School. She has led the Global Internship program since its inaugural offering in Summer 2013, the London program in Summer 2011 and 2012, and she has taught and trained undergraduate and graduate students, business leaders, diplomats, and political leaders in intercultural communication in the U.S., China, Philippines, and Italy. Most of her research focuses on the theory and practice of communicating across cultures.