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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 20, 2005

Tippie College Offers Sydney Internship Program

University of Iowa students have an opportunity to spend the spring semester in Sydney, Australia, learning about international business and interacting with business professionals in the workplace.

This unique experience is part of a new internship/study abroad program being offered by the Tippie College of Business. Information sessions on the three-month program are being held this Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Room S104 of the Pappajohn Business Building. Held from Feb. 4 through May 2, this program is a collaboration between the Tippie College and the Center for Academic Programs Abroad.

Participants in the Sydney Internship Program will complete a six-credit internship experience, while taking two three-credit courses: International Business and Trade: The Pacific Rim and Contemporary Australian Life and Culture. Academic classes can be applied towards the International Business Certificate, elective hours, or general education course requirements in some instances.

Students in the program will work approximately 20 hours each week as an intern at a company that fits their career aspirations, ranging from businesses to community services agencies. Students will also receive on-site academic advice and mentoring to help them process their study and work experiences.

"These internships enable students to put theory into practice and learn from professionals and leading practitioners, while gaining an invaluable global perspective," said Shari Piekarski, director in the Tippie College Undergraduate Program Office. "Students also are exposed to Australian lifestyle and culture through this experience."

The program is intended for students who want to work in business and international business, but business minors and international studies majors will also find the experience to be valuable. Application deadline is Oct. 3.

For more information, see or contact Piekarski at or 319-335-1037 or Ann Knudson in the Institute for International Business, at or 319-335-1379.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,