Our internship program is comprehensive and includes all of the key services and support to enhance the intern abroad experience so that you receive the highest return on your educational investment, including:
API staff members happily guide participants through the administrative processes of the pre-departure phase of interning abroad. Participants (and families) may contact API as often as needed with questions about placements, academic credit, on-site logistics, visa procedures, housing, and anything else. API staff members, in turn, are frequently in touch with participants regarding program updates, essential travel tips, and recommendations for having a successful experience abroad.
Tailored Internship Placement
API works with each individual to find the best possible internship match to meet that individual’s learning objectives and future career interests. Depending on the destination, the applicant’s level of education, foreign language ability, and placement area competitiveness, the applicant may need to have some flexibility with the placements available.
Access to International Phone Plans
All API students receive information about cell phone usage while abroad. API program fees include a variety of options, such as international SIM cards with discounted calling packages, or international phones with limited pre-paid minutes.
API can connect prospective program participants with recently returned API alumni through the API alumni network. These alumni can share their experiences, answer questions, and connect with students pre-departure. Upon their return, API alumni have the opportunity to participate in a number of alumni programming opportunities including the API Global Leadership Academy.
API has created award-winning social networks for students to connect with each other and learn about API program offerings, including a Facebook page with student groups, a Twitter profile, a YouTube channel, a Flickr photostream, a Tumblr Blog, a Google+ page, an Instagram profile, a Pinterest page, a Snapchat account (snAPIabroad) and the API Blog. These networks provide students with the opportunity to communicate informally with past students, outbound students and API staff members, as well as to be notified of upcoming events and program developments.
Orientation Materials and Resources
All API participants receive orientation information to help them prepare for their international internship placement. API participants have access to a unique online service, the API Toolbox, which includes orientation materials highlighting logistical details, cultural differences, what participants can expect at their internship placement, health and safety concerns, travel tips, and more.
Career Navigation Briefcase
Your international internship is not just about the destination. It will be a journey of adventures, experiences, learning, successes, and challenges all serving to help you grow as a person and professional.
To help you through this remarkable career exploration and cultivation experience, we have developed our exclusive Career Navigation Briefcase.
Your Career Navigation Briefcase will include the following resources to help you start developing your career both at home and abroad:
- LinkedIn 101 Guidebook
- Career Planning & Interning Abroad Assignments
- Soft Skills Training and Identification
- Digital copy of Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World
- Career Assessment Resources
Workplace and Culture Orientation
We understand that going overseas for an international internship can be an exciting, but overwhelming, undertaking. To ensure that our interns are prepared for this intensive academic and career experience, we have developed a special internship orientation program to ease the transition into the host country.
All of the interns participating in the 8-Week Fixed Date Internship Program will receive our unique 3-day Workplace and Culture Orientation. During this fun and educational orientation, interns will have the opportunity to build relationships with other participants, discover the local culture, learn about the host country work environment, attend career-related workshops, and participate in local cultural activities.
Housing is included in the API program fee and varies by destination. Housing typically consists of student apartments and homestays. In some locations, participants may have a choice between the two options. Participants should expect the accommodation to be centrally located and easily accessible to public transportation. Each participant’s commute will vary, as internship placements are located in different areas in each location. Average commute times range from 30 minutes up to an hour, and participants should anticipate taking multiple modes of transport, depending on the location (bus, train, subway, ferry, etc). Participants will receive their confirmed housing assignment approximately three weeks prior to departure.
A $250 security deposit is due by the final payment deadline for all programs. A fee of $75 will be retained from all security deposits to cover standard cleaning fees and general maintenance fees, including minor repairs and standard touch-up painting. The remaining $175 is refundable provided that 1) no additional fees are assessed on-site for incidentals, damages, or excessive utility usage; and 2) the API program fee has been paid in full.
API has highly qualified, trained, and experienced English-speaking Resident Directors/Coordinators available to participants throughout their session abroad. Most Resident Directors/Coordinators are locals from the host country in which participants will be interning and all are ready to provide practical information and insight into the host culture. Our Resident Directors/Coordinators introduce participants to the ways of life in their host country, help participants get settled into their placements, and support participants throughout their stay. They are available in case of any personal emergency and are ready to implement the API emergency response plans if needed.
Medical and Life Insurance
Medical and life insurance is provided for all participants during the program term. The coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support for medical issues.
Participants are offered API-sponsored social and cultural activities, including outings to movies, concerts, cultural tours, theater performances, outdoor activities, museums, and more. All entrance fees are covered by API. Participants also enjoy both welcome and farewell group meals.
Academic Credit and Transcript
API’s fixed date internships offer participants the option to earn academic credit (for an additional fee). Participants may petition their home university for academic credit for work completed on a flex date internship.
Upon completion of a fixed-date internship, and official transcript from Siena College is sent to the student’s home institution if they’ve requested a transcript and paid the additional fee. Prior to beginning their internship program, API encourages participants to discuss academic credit options with home school advisors to determine if and how credits may be earned. Academic credit for internships must be approved and arranged before the internship begins, as credit typically cannot be retroactively arranged.
Alumni Network and Professional Development Opportunities
Returning students have the opportunity to continue to be engaged with API through a variety of alumni programming opportunities. Whether you are connected through the API Alumni Network, keeping up to date with current job postings and items of interest in the API Alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, or participating in API’s Global Leadership Academy, API continues to support participants post-experience.