NIU - Human Connections
Global Internship and Leadership Development Program
Renique Kersh, Professor of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
PROGRAM OVERVIEW/OBJECTIVES: The primary purpose of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to:
- Engage in an immersive international internship experience, leaving participants better prepared to understand and engage with local communities during their time abroad.
- Learn through dialogue and human relationships and thoughtfully consider and begin to understand the needs and capacity of diverse global communities.
- Gain leadership and professional skills through engagement in their internship and through workshops with local leaders.
Academic credit. The NIU-Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Development Program will engage students in a 1-credit hour hybrid NIU course where students will complete an online curriculum in addition to engaging in thoughtful discussion and preparatory exercises before beginning their internship. For the internship and professional development component of the program in Mexico, students will engage in an NIU-HC internship and leadership development experience in Bucerias and the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Upon completion of the internship experience, students will be expected to present a poster as a final capstone.
Structure to maximize impact. The NIU-Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Development Program culminates with the completion of a collaborative, creative, community-based poster, which will be presented by students at the Community Engagement Showcase or in another designated showcase depending upon student’s degree completion date.
To download a full PDF of the program description please click: Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Development Program Mexico 2017.pdf
Legacy Statement - NIU-Human Connections Global Internships: Human Connections Global Internships Legacy Statement 2017.pdf
For a two-page flyer regarding the program please click: Human Connections 2016 GILDBrochure.pdf.
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For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will be registered during the Summer 2017 session for the following courses.
INTL 201: Study Abroad Programs - NIU Human Connections Global Internship and Leadership Program 1 semester hour
: The 1-credit hour course will be structured as a hybrid course with face-to-face meetings occurring on NIU’s campus and the rest of the course will be online. The face-to-face meetings will include critical reflection, presentations about the local and surrounding communities of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, engaged discussion around topics like voluntourism, community needs, community-based participatory research and service and global scholarship. Following the course, students will engage in an NIU-HC internship and leadership development experience in Bucerias and the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Upon completion of the internship experience, students will be expected to present a poster as a final capstone.
Internship 3 semester hours
: Students will engage in an NIU-HC internship and leadership development experience in Bucerias and the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Upon completion of the internship experience, students will be expected to present a poster as a final capstone.
Procedure: Students must contact their advisor and/or major department in order to discuss internship course options in their major and to obtain internship course approval. Internship courses require an instructor of record so please make an appointment with the faculty member who will serve as the instructor of record for your internship course.
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Students will stay in comfortable and safe accommodations in Bucerias, which will include kitchen access, double occupancy rooms, and free internet. In addition, they will be located within convenient distance to grocery stores, restaurants, cafe, and the town plaza. During their last week in Mexico, students will relocate to the town of San Pancho, and will stay in hostel-style accommodations inside of the Entreamigos community center. Students will be provided with 12 group meals throughout the program.
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Click 'Apply Now' to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program. More detailed instructions can be found in the application.
$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:
A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants. The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit. Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost. The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline.
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account. (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.) Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200. More detailed instructions regarding the application fee/deposit can be found on the seminar application website.
– All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received). The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit. In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application. After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.
February 1, 2017 - Extended to March 1, 2017.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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- Is the HC/NIU Global Internship and Leadership Development Program a paid internship? No, there is a cost associated with the internship program, which covers your housing, most of your food and several excursions for the trip. You will need to cover your own airfare.
- Do I have to take the INTL 201 pre-departure course and the 3 hour internship course? Yes, both courses are required. The INTL 201 course is the pre-program course that takes place from April 3 – May 12. It’s an online course that will help prepare you for your internship. The 3 hour internship course takes place from May 15 – June 12. There are two enrollment options for the 3 hour internship course. You can choose to register for INTL 301 with Dr. Renique Kersh as the instructor of record, or you can choose to be enrolled in an internship course within your academic program. Both options require you and the course instructor of record to complete the “Internship Credit Approval Form.” The Study Abroad Office will register you for both courses. The total credits for this program equal 4 credits.
- What can I expect from the internship? The Human Connections team will provide you with an experience based on your skills, interest and expertise, however the majority of the internship will be for students interested in non-profit management, business, education, and outreach and marketing. The final week of the program will involve a leadership development program at Entre'amigos, a community center in San Pancho, Mexico.
- Is funding available for this experience? Applicants may apply for the Study Abroad Travel Grant (application deadline: April 15, 2017) as well as any summer financial aid and/or loans. If you are a student in the College of Business, travel funds are available through the college. If you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you are welcome to apply for funding through the Student Engagement Fund (application deadline: March 15, 2017).
- What about safety concerns? Bucerias and San Pancho, Mexico are located near Puerta Vallarta. Both are safe destinations. NIU follows the U. S. Department of State recommendations very closely and will not send students to any destinations that have been deemed unsafe.
- What are the program dates? The pre-departure course (INTL 201) will begin in early April and will be held fully online. The actual internship in Mexico will run from May 15-June 12.
- What if I would like to stay in Mexico beyond June 12? You are welcome to stay beyond June 12, however, you will no longer be participating in the NIU program and should plan prepare your own accommodations.
Space is limited. Qualified applicants will be interviewed the week of February 15. Decisions on acceptance into the program will be made that week. The program is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at NIU. All majors are welcome. NIU-HC internships are focused on the following areas: Education and Outreach, Business Innovation, Marketing and Research and Non-Profit Management.
The program is open to current NIU undergraduates who meet the NIU general admission requirements, and who are interested in engaging in an intensive global internship and leadership development experience.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.
Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the Registrar at their institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.(Student-issued transcripts and photocopies are not acceptable.)Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.
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NIU PROGRAM COST:
The program cost pays for the following cost related services:
- NIU undergraduate credit
- International Student I.D. Card (ISIC)
- Housing and 12 group meals
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program. Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
- Study Abroad Program Charge
- Instructional Cost
- NIU Student Medical Insurance
- NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee
All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS:
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- Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $140, including 2 passport pictures).
- Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders.
- Immunization fees (if immunizations are required).
- Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
- Expenses for free-time pursuits.
- Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.
As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Tim Condon, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, email@example.com
for more information.
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WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM: Applicants withdrawing from the program after February 1, 2017 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit.
Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf. This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.
If the applicant must withdraw after November 1, 2016 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:
- The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
- NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained. If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Mexico, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program. If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Mexico, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.
The information contained in the program documents and forms are presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.
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All participants must have a passport in order to participate in this seminar. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately. Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html
. U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this program. Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in Mexico and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.
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Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
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