International Experience

June International Externship Option

Students have the option of spending their final June working in teams on an intercultural communication project in partnership with an intercultural or international organization. This course works as a “capstone” that synthesizes aspects of all core courses into an applied experience working for a client.  Students spend two weeks on campus and two weeks traveling to a client site (international or domestic, depending on current global health and safety conditions) with faculty for approximately two weeks, depending on the scope of the project. Students act as consultants and assist the client organization in the development and execution of a research based intercultural project. The cost of travel for this course is not included in tuition, but is estimated at an additional $4000. Students not opting for this international experience must compelete a comprehensive exame.

Examples of previous intercultural and international experiences led by the Communication Department faculty include:

  • Centro Bartolomé de las Casas/Colegio Andino, Cusco, Peru
  • Municipal Government of Diriamba, Nicaragua
  • Bosques de Gaia Organic Farm, Diriamba, Nicaragua
  • Taking Root, San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua
  • San Carlos Community, Diriamba, Nicaragua
  • Sunsplash Reggae Festival, Goa, India
  • People's Grocery, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
  • Mommas' Boyz, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice, Oakland, California, U.S.A.