Now in its third year, Warwick’s TeamWork virtual international internship programme has grown to reflect students’ and organisations’ developing appetite for meaningful and inclusive virtual internship experiences.
TeamWork brings together a multi-disciplinary, multi-university team of 6 students together, to work together virtually on an organisation’s project for four weeks during the summer. To prepare for TeamWork, students access a series of induction workshops to develop their employability skills and to get to know their own team. Throughout the programme, students also have access to an organisation and university mentor. Already, we are seeing and hearing stories from TeamWork alumni about how their experience has helped shaped their career choices and enhanced their graduate outcomes.
The opportunities offered by our virtual international experience have enabled us to proactively reach out to selected key international universities and invite these partners to come on-board and co-develop the TeamWork programme further.
This year, alongside our established university partners of Monash University, Australia and Monash University, Malaysia, we are delighted to offer a multi-university partner variant of TeamWork as we welcome four new key international partner universities – the University of Hong Kong; University of Toronto, Canada; Cornell University, USA; and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
Each of our six partner universities offer a unique international and intercultural viewpoint and add a layer of global richness to the TeamWork student experience.
As well as bringing their students to join a TeamWork team, the partner universities will each deliver both an intercultural and skills workshop for the whole student TeamWork cohort – providing a unique international lens stretching from the East to West.
Our partners also mirror our focus on prioritising TeamWork places for students from under-represented groups in Higher Education, including Warwick Scholars and students in receipt of a Warwick bursary.
The addition of four new university partners for this summer’s 2021 programme, paves the way for TeamWork to be developed into an ongoing, rolling opportunity accessible for students throughout the academic year, enabling more students and organisations to participate and as importantly, bringing additional university partners to enrich the programme further.
Esther de Perlaky
International Employability Manager, Student Opportunity