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The Development of 'Student Initiative Type Internship' Course for International Exchange Students in Japan
This article examines the new development of "student initiative type internship" course for international exchange students titled "Globalization Support Internship" at Hiroshima University. Aiming at the establishment of the mutual support system of international education of university and the local society, I shifted the paradigm of the course from "customer type" internship in which an intern tended to be an observer, towards the "student initiative type" internship in which interns take initiative to support the local society facing globalization. In this new internship course, international interns have challenged to conduct the market research for a local industry as "a globalization support research project", and to organize the international exchange tour to the local island as "a globalization support project''. Through the work experience and actual association with people in the local society, interns have developed leadership and sense of responsibility by cooperating with other interns to achieve the goals together.
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