Program Details

The program integrates experiential learning with cross-cultural training, which allows highly-motivated students to improve their professional and personal skills. The program is carefully designed to advance participants’ critical thinking, intercultura
Location:
Almaty, Kazakhstan; Chisinau, Moldova, Republic of; Kiev, Ukraine; Prishtine, Kosovo; Tbilisi, Georgia (Country); Vilnius, Lithuania
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer
Work Types:
Business, Journalism, Law, Sciences & Environment, Social Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Overseas Professional & Intercultural Training (OPIT) Program offers participants the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in an international setting through a 6-week internship in an emerging economy of the former Soviet Union and Southeast Europe. The program provides a full-time, unpaid, non-credit bearing English language internship.

The program integrates experiential learning with cross-cultural training, which allows highly-motivated students to improve their professional and personal skills. The program is carefully designed to advance participants’ critical thinking, intercultural communication skills, cultural awareness and global understanding through reflection, journal writing and feedback sessions. Participants can also elect to supplement their professional experience with language training. Internship Disciplines include: Democracy Building and Human Rights; Business and Law; Education Programming; Gender and Women’s Issues; Journalism and Mass Media; Public Health; Ecology and Environmental Issues; and Social Services.

For more than 35 years, American Councils has operated comprehensive language and cultural immersion programs for thousands of students, professionals, and scholars. Participants greatly benefit from individual attention in our small classes and from interaction with host faculty who have extensive experience working with foreign students. In addition to classroom learning, American Councils emphasizes language and cultural immersion outside of the academic program through: volunteer opportunities at sites such as local public schools, charity organizations, and international NGOs; cultural excursions, discussion groups, and extracurricular activities; and life with host-families where they can become fully immersed in language, culture, and local cuisine.
Setting Description:
Internships are offered in emerging economies of the former Soviet Union and Southeast Europe: Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine. All internships take place in a location near an American Councils office that is actively engaged in the host country’s civil society and maintains regular contact with U.S. Embassy officials.

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