It is not in our interest, nor the interest of our sponsoring organizations, for you to leave an internship site early. We ask that you work through the challenges that may accompany your internship, including: personality conflicts, distaste of host country’s culture/food, loneliness, and other unforeseen challenges. An internship is a “real world” undertaking in a professional environment. As with most paid jobs, you will be expected to perform at a high level. And, just like a paid job, you will have to negotiate some of your job duties as well handle any differences you may have with individual managers or company policies. Your IGS contact person is there to help. However, he or she has an equal obligation to listen to and assist the internship host as well as the intern. The internships that work best are those in which the intern enters with realistic expectations about what a host can provide. While it is important to ask the right questions before arrival to formulate a general impression about the content of the internship, it is equally important to arrive with a mind open to the experience that presents itself. Interns should expect a shifting set of responsibilities that may vary from start to finish.
IGS remains independent of internship providers. We do not pay internship hosts and they do not pay us. We have chosen hosts based on positive feedback offered from former interns; for new positions, we use our best judgment based on the host’s reputation and our on-site assessment. We act on the information presented to us and try to provide interns with an accurate portrait of life within a given organization or company.
The maintenance of IGS’s working relationship with each host organization is critical, and IGS expects each intern to complete the duties and responsibilities with energetic participation and a strong collaborative attitude. Interns are encouraged to remain committed to their selected internship and to the associated responsibilities for the duration of the internship period. Moreover, interns are encouraged to discuss with their designated IGS contact person(s) any disjuncture or dissatisfaction with the internship conditions. IGS support staff stands ready to assist the intern with any difficulties he/she may experience with the location, housing arrangements, or the duties of the internship itself. It is the intern’s responsibility to contact staff immediately should a problem arise–this includes a phone call or e-mail message to the Hawaii office. If an intern fails to show up for his/her duties without contacting a staff member, she/he may be dropped from the program.