Domestic students are required to spend a minimum of two months in an overseas internship in the Asia Pacific region. International students who demonstrate competency in an Asian world language as well as English have the choice of pursuing their internship in the United States or overseas. All courses are offered in a convenient evening format, and the program can be completed in two years with the internship being done either in two straight months or during one month during each of two years.
The main goal of the internship is to provide students with an immersion experience, which will focus on the language, culture and professional protocols and practices in professional settings. Because of the challenging nature of East Asian languages, one of the most important dimensions of this internship will be exposure to and use of the language that they have studied.
The internship serves as the venue in which the student will find himself or herself in a working or academic environment where the language, which he or she has studied will be the main means of communication. Students will submit a report at the conclusion of their study on their experience. The internship also provides the context and experience for further reflection upon the East-West exchange and all of its dimensions.