LAS CRUCES – Internships are a requirement for some degree programs at New Mexico State University, and with COVID-19 restrictions in place since March 2020, a student’s graduation plans could have been derailed without a timely internship placement. But NMSU’s Education Abroad helped a group of students fulfill their requirement with virtual international internships.
In fall 2020, NMSU’s Education Abroad began offering virtual international experiences, and Program Manager Erica Nikolaisen said they plan to continue to offer these options.
Anne Hubbell, Department of Communication Studies professor and Honors College associate dean, contacted the Education Abroad staff when she realized students in the department were having trouble finding internships. The result led to placements from the University Studies Abroad Consortium.
“This is an outstanding opportunity for students,” Hubbell said. “It adds to their resume and shows that they have an international work experience as well as can effectively work online. The reality is that many jobs will continue to be remote, and through this internship, our students have shown that they can work with anyone, anywhere in the world, remotely.”
Jett Barela, a communication studies graduate student, interned with Transitions, a non-government organization based in Prague, Czech Republic. Transitions publishes digital news around…