Seven college students journey to Argentina for Cronkite’s first internship overseas program

Cronkite college students who traveled to Argentina final summer season returned with new concepts in regards to the world and uncovered totally different views they couldn’t see from residence within the U.S.

The scholars visited the South American nation as the primary cohort of a research overseas internship program applied by the Cronkite International Initiatives and the Profession and Skilled Growth groups on the Walter Cronkite College of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. This system allowed the scholars to spend virtually three months within the nation working a worldwide internship. 

The scholars stayed within the nation from Might 16 to Aug. 1. 

Dr. Juan Mundel, affiliate professor and director of Cronkite International Initiatives, and Karen Bordeleau, Cronkite’s director of Profession and Skilled Growth, co-created this system. Bordeleau mentioned this was the primary Cronkite internship overseas alternative.

“We needed college students to be immersed in a rustic. We didn’t need them to only stroll round and do the touristy issues – we needed them to truly dwell with households, to be taught the languages, to know and respect the tradition, and – simply as importantly – to work within the setting,” she mentioned.

Bordeleau traveled to Europe as a highschool pupil – a visit that was life altering. “It opened my eyes to the world and I’ve been visiting and immersing in different nations ever since,” she mentioned. “Cultural publicity is essential for all college students, for all people.”

Mundel, an Argentina native, has beforehand led research overseas applications and has taken greater than 200 American college students overseas previous to his tenure on the Cronkite College. 

He additionally studied overseas as a pupil. Mundel traveled to Ohio as a visiting pupil and taught Spanish whereas taking lessons for a yr. Now, he plans to make use of his love of worldwide publicity to make Cronkite a faculty of worldwide magnitude. 

“Doing a world internship permits the scholars to achieve intercultural and worldwide expertise that you just wouldn’t in any other case get whereas being right here in Phoenix,” Mundel mentioned. 

College students who attended the Argentina program studied on the Universidad Blas Pascal, which is the place Mundel attended school in Argentina. 

“I feel it’s tremendously improved my views as an individual. I feel that being culturally acceptable, and having a worldwide perspective actually provides layers to an individual,” mentioned Nick Elsner, a sports activities journalism pupil who went on the journey as a sophomore.

Elsner labored as a enterprise advertising and communication intern for Croppers, a wholesome snack firm in Córdoba. He lived with a number household in Argentina. This yr, he plans to fly again to the nation to spend New Yr’s Eve with them. Then they are going to all trip collectively subsequent yr as a household to begin a practice of taking turns flying between the U.S. and Argentina every year.

“My host household was superb. My boss and his spouse ended up changing into like a second host household. I used to be over at their home each Sunday, grilling out and consuming asado with their complete household inside. ‘Asado’ is like their barbecue,” he mentioned.

Nicole Rossi, a senior finding out journalism, went to Argentina as her second research overseas expertise. 

“Learning overseas has all the time been a aim of mine. It’s very totally different to fulfill people who find themselves from a distinct nation in your personal nation than it’s to go to a different nation and be the foreigner,” mentioned Rossi, who additionally works within the Cronkite International Initiatives workplace.

Rossi mentioned Argentina expanded her worldview as she realized extra Spanish and immersed herself within the tradition. Journey is essential to her as a result of all the pieces she research as a journalism pupil is impacted by international requirements or will probably be impactful in that manner. 

She mentioned it’s actually useful for college kids who’re enthusiastic about finding out overseas to speak to Mundel, Bordeleau, the CGI workplace or previous research overseas college students about these alternatives. “Simply do your analysis,” she mentioned.

Bordeleau agrees. “You actually, actually have to know as a lot as you’ll be able to about one other tradition earlier than you immerse your self in it,” she mentioned.

Studying language fundamentals and studying up on the nation’s foreign money, politics, native information and geography are only a few methods college students ought to turn into accustomed to their new residence overseas.

“It’s going to be uncomfortable for the primary two or three weeks. Then it turns into an unimaginable pleasure. That’s why I say do your analysis first. It mitigates a few of that preliminary discomfort,” she mentioned.

Elsner believes this stage of publicity is invaluable as a result of it produces professionals who perceive different cultures. He mentioned it’s not solely mandatory, it needs to be required.

“I’d 100% argue that it needs to be obligatory for folks to check overseas. To have a worldwide perspective is invaluable,” he mentioned.

This internship glad the JMC484 credit score required for commencement. Bordeleau mentioned she and Mundel are already planning a number of different research overseas internship alternatives for Cronkite college students. 

“Now the plan is to broaden to totally different elements of the world,” she mentioned. 

Many nations will likely be accessible subsequent yr by the primary ASU research overseas workplace.  

“It’s simply actually cool for me to have the ability to perceive others as a result of we’re all folks. All of us breathe the identical air, all of us bleed the identical blood. It’s simply the one factor that’s totally different is that they dwell in a distinct a part of the world,” Elsner mentioned.

To be taught extra about Cronkite International Initiatives, contact Juan Mundel at or go to

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