University of Southern California

Marshall Indonesia Summer Internship Program (MISIP)

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One of the most difficult challenges facing professional programs such as business, communications and cinema, is striking the right balance between practical training and experience and theoretical and "class-room" learning. Companies actively search for students who are tops in their classes, but who have also "cut their teeth" in the real world, and have actual experience within their field. The challenge facing those who wish to pursue a career in the international arena is even more problematic as the number of "hands-on" international experiences are few and far between. And, standard university international studies programs only offer students a glimpse of life in another country, as seen through the lens of a visiting student.

To help alleviate this problem, the Marshall School is launching the “Marshall Indonesia Summer Internship Program” in 2011. The goal of this program is to provide students with an in-depth international internship experience with Indonesian firms and foundations which are led by prominent USC Marshall alumni and friends in Jakarta.

Students who are selected for MISIP 2011 will spend 2 amazing months (June and July) gaining invaluable work and cultural experience outside of the U.S. Students selected to participate in the program will be provided a stipend of about $3,500, which will cover their economy class air ticket, rent for reasonable and secure housing, and meals. MISIP interns will NOT be required to enroll in a USC class, nor will USC charge any fees, other than International Insurance (no program fees).

The internship sponsors and AUSCI, the “Alumni of USC in Indonesia” will help participants find housing in a safe and secure section of Jakarta. AUSCI is the most vibrant and active U.S. alumni club in Indonesia. With over 1,500 Trojans in the country, AUSCI is committed to live its motto "the network of excellence, for Indonesia and beyond." Currently AUSCI is on-its-way to reaching its goal of building 50 libraries by 2015 for Indonesian children in impoverished areas. Information about AUSCI is at  AUSCI’s leadership is committed to bringing the 2011 MISIP students into its tightly-knit family, immediately upon their arrival in Jakarta.

About Indonesia:

During the global financial crash, Indonesia’s dynamic economy has been growing at 6% per year and is forecast to do so again in 2011. Indonesia is a flourishing democracy and has the world’s largest Muslim population. During his November 2010 visit to Jakarta, President Obama and Indonesian President Yudhoyono launched the “U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership” to accelerate and strengthen U.S.-Indonesian relations. As part of Indonesia’s new efforts to expand its cultural and business relations with Americans, Indonesia will sponsor a float in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade.

The U.S. Indonesia Foundation (USINDO) , the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and the Institute for International Education (IIE) are important organizations for promoting U.S.-Indonesia relations, which have provided assistance to launch the 2011 Marshall Indonesia Summer Internship Program. Their webistes are excellent sources of information on Indonesia and on multiple aspects of U.S.-Indonesian relations.

2011 Internship Opportunities:

As of now, Marshall has obtained commitments from the senior leadership of the following institutions to provide internships to Marshall students:


Online applications for Summer 2011 are now available (click link below). The program is open to USC Business Majors or Minors ONLY, who will have completed 55 units by January 1, 2011(16 of those units MUST have been completed at USC). All applicants must have a minimum 3.00 (overall and within your major) GPA. There is no language requirement.

Finalists will be interviewed by Richard Drobnick, Director of Marshall’s Center for International Business and Sean O’Connell, Director of Marshall’s Undergraduate International Programs.

Please complete the online application by noon on January 26, 2011 . Late or incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.


Summer 2011 Indonesia Internship Application