Interns at the Fulbright Center

The Fulbright Center receives interns each year for varying lengths of time. This is done in the effort to improve cooperation with Higher Education Institutions in Finland, as students do the internships for credits in their programmes, and also to give students the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment.

Erasmus Mundus Master degree in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE)

This spring as part of a cooperation agreement with the University of Tampere the Fulbright Center received two new interns. Both of them are participating in an Erasmus Mundus Master degree in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE). As part of this master program the new interns spent their first semester in the Danube University in Krems, Austria and their second semester in the University of Tampere, Finland.

After their internship which is a requirement of their program they will spend their third semester in Beijing, China at Beijing Normal University and the fourth semester at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück in Osnabrück, Germany.

The MARIHE programme was set out to begin in 2012 with the objective of preparing Higher Education for the Future. In Europe as well as in other regions of the world fundamental transition processes are taking place in the systems of research, innovation and tertiary education: from regulation to deregulation and competition, from steering to market, from administration to management.

Higher Education Institutions are largely affected by these changes and for this reason they need highly trained experts who are able to understand and analyse these new contexts, who can link system change with institutional change and who have developed management skills to deal with the changing environment inside HEIs institutions. MARIHE is designed to meet these standards.

University of Helsinki

The Fulbright center also welcomed an intern from the University of Helsinki who came to know this internship through her school.

These are our new interns

Guadalupe, Sharon and Red at the Fulbright Center

Hi, I am Guadalupe from Argentina. I’m a teacher of English as a second language and I am currently doing the Marihe programme in Europe. As part of this programme we are required to do an internship and within the many options we were given I chose the Fulbright center. This is due to my previous experience as a Fulbright grantee. I participated in the Fulbright FLTA programme at Juniata College in Huntingdon Pennsylvania during the 2008-9 academic year. This experience was so important for me, opening new paths both personally and professionally and providing me with such wonderful memories that I immediately chose the Fulbright Center as I wanted to be part of this program which had such an enormous impact in my life.

It is my hope that working here will be a great learning opportunity and a practical way to apply the theoretical knowledge provided in my master degree courses. I have only been here for a short time but I know that this experience will be extremely beneficial for me and I definitely encourage students to join the Fulbright programme, either applying to be interns or applying to the many international programmes they have to study or research in the US.

Moro! My name is Alfred Rafael Garcia, though everyone calls me Red. I have just recently joined the Fulbright Center Finland in Helsinki as an intern, as part of our Erasmus Mundus Masters Course. With my fellow intern and colleague, we are currently enrolled under the MARIHE – Masters in Research and Innovation in Higher Education program, where we are exposed to the principles and dynamics of how higher education systems have adapted and developed in face of social, political and economic challenges in their local and global environment. Particularly of increasing import is how higher education institutions and their constituents strive to internationalize, of which mobility is a prime example.

I have first heard of the Fulbright Program back home in the Philippines, where I have also met a few scholars who were or had been grant recipients sent to the United States. It is these, both the Erasmus Mundus and the Fulbright, which make mobility, and the life-changing experiences that come with it, from mere possibility to actual reality. I am fortunate to be able to belong to both institutions, in one as a participant in international academic mobility, and in the other as an observer of how teachers and students strive to be a part of one of the best higher education systems in the world. I hope to see these ambassadors someday contributing to the fullness and richness of academic life in the US and in Finland, as I aspire to be in Europe and in the Philippines. And being here in the Fulbright Center, helping them realize their dreams is a good step towards realizing mine.

Hi, I am Sharon from Hong Kong. Currently studying at the University of Helsinki as an English Philology student and working at the Fulbright Center as a Program Assistant. Why I am here in Finland is not a random choice. This dates back to my exotic high school exchange in Joensuu in 2007. I fell in love with this tranquil country in ten-month time and decided to come back for studies. The flexibility of the school system enables me to study with joy. Hence, I have discovered my interest- Urban Studies and will definitely further pursue it. Fortunate enough, I have picked up the Finnish language (with a North Karelia dialect), which helps me to connect with the people, culture and society. Also, it has aided me in job hunting and securing this internship.

Working at the Fulbright Center is a beneficial learning process. Specific tasks and responsibility are given to me on day one. As the office is small and compact, I have the chance to learn and do different tasks independently, and further hone my analytical and organization skills. Another benefit of working in a small office environment is the possibility to interact with the others. Their welcome and friendly helpful attitudes make communication easy and direct. After gaining some insights to this organization, I would definitely recommend students to join the Fulbright programs or their internship for their own development.


Published in the Fulbright Center News 1/2013.