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Program Overview

Program Overview

It doesn’t take long for CIEE Global Interns to see why Bostonians call the city “The Hub,” as in “The Hub of the Universe.” Both dynamic and historic, Boston is a world-class center for intellectual advancement, innovation, and entrepreneurship in sectors ranging from finance to healthcare to marketing, many of them multinational in scope.

CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.

As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, exploring the business culture of international clients, and expanding your professional portfolio and network.

Afterhours, Boston also offers a variety of cultural activities, from historical sites and museums to theatre, music, and sports.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

PLACEMENT PROCESS

Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
  • Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
  • Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
  • Professional development workshops such as:
    • Making the Most of your Internship
    • Networking and Informational Interviewing
    • Understanding Working Styles
    • Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career
    • Midpoint review from student and supervisor
    • Final written evaluation from student and supervisor

Excursions

Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Boston complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. You might visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, and Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. You can walk the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites, tour the Italian pastry shops and take in the weekly Italian outdoor street festivals in the North End, and so much more.

Volunteering

A community-based activity, such as structured volunteering or a service project, is typically offered at least once during the program.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
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End Date
Costs
Summer 2017 (8 wks)
03/15/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$6,750

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs
$3,810
Housing **
$2,640

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* Non-refundable

** Does not include a meal plan

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$120
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees **
$1,000
Personal expenses
$300

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure

** International students participating in this CIEE program who are not currently enrolled at a US university will be charged this fee for all services, including insurance, related to the J1 intern visa.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • Rising sophomore standing and above at time of participation
  • *Certain visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for this program is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participate in a hybrid academic seminar in conjunction with a full-time internship placement.

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About the City

About The City

Both dynamic and historic, Boston is a world-class hub of intellectual advancement and entrepreneurship. Home to more than 30 colleges and universities, the Boston area is one of world’s great academic centers. It is also a hive of innovation and business activity in a range industry sectors, from finance and technology to healthcare and marketing.

Boston offers a wide variety of cultural activities, from historical sites and museums to theatre, dance, music, and sports. Boston is a beautiful and manageable city, easily explored with its excellent public transportation system—the first in the U.S. With all these advantages, Boston is an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Cynthia Singer-Riordan

Academic Internship Council Boston Director

Cynthia has worked in the field of academic internships since 2008. . She started her career working in human resources for a consulting firm based in Washington D.C. Cynthia has always had a strong interest in global issues and people from various backgrounds, so her transition into international education was a natural career shift. She began by teaching English abroad in Germany, and then returned to the US to work with exchange programs at CIEE. Immediately prior to joining the CIEE team, Cynthia was the Center director of the English Language Center, an ESL organization located in Boston. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in Communications.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Cynthia now calls Boston home and loves to showcase the city for visitors. She is a biking enthusiast and can be found biking to work during the summer months.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Classroom activities take place either at CIEE Boston on State Street or at CIC Boston, a co-working community that is an expansion of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and hosts Impact Hub Boston. Since 1999, more than 1,400 startup companies and have chosen CIC as their home. Impact Hub description follows: part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, Impact Hubs offer their members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities.

Transportation
Students commute to their internships and most program activities via local public transportation. Introduction to the system is provided during orientation and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Program housing is in student dormitory or apartment-style accommodations and meets the following requirements:

  • Shared (double or triple) rooms
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet access
  • Convenient to public transportation

Meals are not included in the program housing but students do have access to cooking facilities and are given a briefing during orientation about local markets and stores.

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Orientations

Orientations

Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-one-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Boston. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about the program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in Boston, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, language crash courses, and even cooking classes that take advantage of the best local fare.

CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple, to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry - you’ll arrive in Boston with the knowledge to succeed.

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Internet

Internet

Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Students on this program should expect to spend approximately 30-32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) doing internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.

Nature of Classes

Students will participate in classes alongside other CIEE students only.

Grading System

Assessment
Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.

Language(s) of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

INSH 3806 BOUS
Academic Internship in Boston

The CIEE Global Internship Program combines a full-time internship with a hybrid integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The eight-week program includes between 200 - 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour hybrid integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.

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