Industry Study Tours + Internship

Summary

Swinburne’s Industry Study Tours + Internship are a unique offering as they focus on employability development in Kuala Lumpur with some of Malaysia’s most respected organisations. This program is designed especially for Business and ICT undergraduate students to enhance their professional development in a global setting.

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Demonstrated benefit to tertiary students, graduate employers and/or tertiary institutions

Swinburne Industry Study Tour (IST) + Internships offers international and domestic students the opportunity to experience living and working abroad through 9 – 12 weeks interning at a host organisation overseas. The IST + Internship model falls under the Swinburne Advantage which is an exciting work integrated learning opportunity Swinburne provides to undergraduate students. The internships allow students to increase job readiness, develop transferable skills, enhance cultural awareness, improve interpersonal skills, improve communication skills, and to prepare for the world of work, all while experiencing life in a foreign country. The tour also contributes toward the students’ degree with 12.5 credit points. These incredible opportunities serve to connect students with host employers who; together with the student; are able to create synergies previously untapped. Through this experience, students develop their employability skills in a global context; and discover the possibilities connecting into a global network of friends, colleagues, teachers and alumni. Swinburne’s Industry Study Tours + Internship are a unique offering as they focus on employability development in Kuala Lumpur with some of Malaysia’s most respected organisations. This program is designed especially for Business and ICT undergraduate students to enhance their professional development in a global setting.

Potentially or currently benefits the NAGCAS organisation, its members and the career development industry

Potentially, the IST +Internship unit of study could be replicated across other institutions as an example of high quality integrated career development and work integrated learning. This opportunity supports job readiness and employment outcomes in new labour markets. Travelling in a group, students gain insight into social structures, organisational and institutional relations, employment initiatives, and environmental and social difficulties. Working with partner organisations, students and career centres identify challenges, innovate solutions, and seek opportunities to develop long term connections which allow students to develop career distinctness on their career pathway while earning credit towards their degree. This is a unique participatory, cross cultural, educational and skill sharing program where great things happen.

A degree of innovation

In the past, study tours have tended to be in the domain of the study abroad office as well as with faculty. Students are not taught to leverage off their study abroad experiences for employment opportunity. The Centre for Career Development has been successful in combining different elements in the creation of a study tour that not only satisfies students interest in exploring a different country, but importantly, is geared toward providing students with employability skill development in areas such as being a successful global citizen, enhancing cross cultural communications and working within multi-disciplinary teams. The success of the tour is in part due to great matches between the student and host employer. This is done through partnership with an in country third party provider who is responsible for matching the student up with a host employer taking into consideration the students’ discipline and career plans. The third party is also the first contact point in case of any emergencies in country. To prepare students, CCD hosts pre departure sessions focusing on intercultural communications, host employer expectations, ways to reflect and strengthen awareness of self, as well as focus on particular employability skills the student aims to strengthen in country. Students are also told to look out for experiences they can turn into career stories upon their return.

 

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