Virtual International Internships in an Online International Business Program

Marvee Marr


The changing nature and platform of education, has led to new demands and challenges in the industry.   As the pendulum swings to more flexible and condensed courses and programs, many students are turning to online education for their academic needs.  While the last few years have seen a decline in college enrollment overall, online enrollment numbers have had a steady increase (Allen & Seaman, 2017). Thus, as online education increases in popularity and numbers, educators struggle with innovative methods to ensure that online graduates experience a comprehensive education and are prepared for the job market. One such innovative idea is experiential learning in the form of virtual internships. In particular, this paper investigates the concept of virtual international internships in regard to adding value to students majoring in International Business in an online environment.

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