Great question! Students apply to Career Semester for a variety of reasons. The main reason is that we offer you the opportunity to "trial" something you're passionate about, in an ambitious environment with other smart people, where you can really go out of your comfort zone and grow personally and professionally. You can gain invaluable career perspective, and map out a clearer path for yourself.
Career Semester also gives you impressive skills and an internship that has tangible deliverables that will make you a unique candidate in future job interviews. The value of Career Semester is more about the specific experience you can gain, rather than just getting an internship for the sake of it.
No, submitting an application is not binding. Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by our Admissions Team and a decision will be released – usually within two to four weeks (depending on when in the year you apply). If accepted, you will have some time to decide whether you would like to commit to Career Semester by paying a deposit. Throughout the application and admissions process, you can always schedule a time to speak with someone on the Admissions Team about any questions you may have.
No. Because our mission is to promote access and inclusivity, there is no fee to apply to Career Semester.
Career Semester remote programs are designed to be taken concurrently with a university course load. Our live classes take place at night, between 10pm and midnight EST. If you miss a class, there are additional make-up classes that you can attend to cover the material. We'll also make class recording available to you to review in your own time.
The internship portion has also been designed to have a flexible schedule. You'll coordinate with your manager what hours would work for you, and then stick to a schedule you both agree to.
You’re not alone. Many of our students have a hard time choosing between their passions and interests, versus something they’re already exposed to or studying. We recommend thinking about it this way: what would you not have the opportunity to learn at university otherwise? If you had to fully dedicate yourself to something, what would that be?
We have career and Admissions Advisors ready to help guide you through the selection process, and answer any questions you may have. Reach out using the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen.
Approximately 15 hours of pre-work will be sent to you before the program starts. This is to ensure that you hit the ground running on day one.
You will be taught by industry professionals with academic backgrounds. The Teaching Teams are invested in your learning, use real-world examples relating to their own experiences and are extremely hands-on. They are passionate about the course material, which is shown through their continuous support, check-ins with students, and encouragement throughout.
The most important difference is that our classes are run as close-knit seminars, capped at 25-30 students. That means that you'll get to know your teachers and classmates as individuals, receive personalized support, and engage in class discussions—rather than just watching streamed lectures.
Another key difference is the integration with industry. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills early on and encouraged to use them in a real-world setting when your internship starts. The structuring of the program allows you to experience the daily life of real professionals within the industry. The Teaching Teams are extremely knowledgeable, both academically and professionally, and are always available to help.
The pace of the class is fast, but you'll have a lot of support and flexibility to adjust the intensity based on your other commitments. While a lot of content is covered in the first few weeks in order to equip you with the skills necessary to excel in your internship, we're committed to ensuring all students are able to make the most of the experience.
Fun, informative and valuable. Our students come from many different backgrounds and parts of the world, which gives each student the opportunity to learn from one another and gain new perspectives and insights. The group work and assignments also prepare you for the internship, where you will be required to work collaboratively in a team as well.
The level of class engagement between the Teaching Teams and students fosters an environment that makes learning very rewarding. Due to the online nature of the class, the Teaching Teams make an extra effort to engage with the students themselves and encourage engagement between one another. Icebreakers and Breakout Rooms are used throughout the program, as it is a great way to foster engagement and peer learning.
Yes, absolutely! The Teaching Teams ensure that the class setting is as collaborative as possible throughout the program. Career Semester also encourages a lot of team/group work where students can work together on homework and assignments. There is also a dedicated Slack group for each class where students can communicate with each other outside of the virtual classroom.
1. iX sources companiesDuring the year, our education team recruits and vets companies for our internship partner network. These companies are chosen based on their ability to provide a project at the right level, and their ability to dedicate management time to provide you and your fellow students guidance during your time at the company. We work with our partner companies to design projects that match your class's curriculum so you're able to deliver high-impact work.
2. You preference companies
When you arrive at iX, your teaching team will introduce you to the available companies and project brief. You'll be given an opportunity to research the companies, evaluate the project brief, and express your placement preferences. Because our partner network and curricula evolve from year to year, we can't release a list of partner companies and project briefs before your arrival. The companies shown in our marketing materials are those we've worked with in the past.
3. Your teachers match you *
After you submit your preferences to your teachers during the program, your teachers will make the match. The matches are based on student preferences, but since it's unlikely that everyone will receive their top preference, teachers also take into account effort and performance in class, your demonstrated ability to be a good teammate, and your company industry preferences.
* Please note the exact placement process may differ from course to course depending on the instructor.
For a few days every week, you will work on your internship project, both in your internship team as well as individually. You will have regular check-ins on your progress with your internship project from your Teaching Assistant, who will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have. Additionally, you will continue to have weekly classes in the virtual classroom with your Head Teachers, your Teaching Assistants, and all your course classmates. Your manager at your internship company will also check in with your team every week - together with your Teaching Assistant - to answer questions you might have about your internship project, as well as to check on the direction that your project is taking and brainstorm with your team any challenges you might be having.
Personal and professional growth. The internship teaches you how to communicate effectively with coworkers, peers, and senior management. It also teaches you how to communicate and interact with team members via Zoom, as well as how to use your newly-learned skills to create, solve and implement impactful projects and solutions. Other big takeaways from the internship are increased confidence in yourself, impressive public speaking and presentation skills, experiencing the real world of work and much more.
As your experience is a learning/working blend, there will be constant communication channels available to all students. Mentors, teaching staff, and our team are all on hand, ready to help resolve any issues as they arise in a way that encourages growth and satisfaction for both students and partner companies.
We work closely with both the students and our partner companies to provide an immersive real-world experience. We value our partner relationships, and look to strengthen these bonds by trying to solve a problem rather than running away from it.
Due to the time limitation of the program, and because our partner companies structure projects accordingly, students are unable to switch placements halfway through.
Absolutely. This is what makes Career Semester unique. During your internship, you’ll spend some time back in the classroom with your teaching team, ensuring that you’re able to meet your deliverables and that you continue building on the skills you acquired during your course.
Starting a new work experience is a challenge in itself. The first couple of days are always hard when trying to find your feet in an unfamiliar environment.
Some of the challenges past students have faced are: receiving a lot of information to synthesize, having to learn new tools to get portions of your project done, receiving an open-ended project outline with little background information, minimal communication with your manager, and figuring out the best way to distribute the workload over such a short period.
Remember, challenges and constraints create the best learning experience. Knowing how to overcome challenges in the workplace makes you a more valuable employee and prepares you well to have a successful career.
The Education Team is devoted to supporting you through any challenges you may encounter to ensure you have the support needed to overcome your challenges.
Yes, practical projects will vary from company to company, according to their needs and client requests at the time.
This not only provides an exciting opportunity to positively impact a company by exercising what you have learned, but also to gain work experience in an area that interests you. We give you exposure to a variety of different companies, so you're sure to find work that aligns with your abilities, skillset and career goals.
To get the most value out of the internship experience, we require companies to structure projects around the relevant curriculum outline as well as the student outcomes/abilities document. This guarantees that projects match the skill sets of students, meet the desired project standards, and are completed on time.
That being said, this is the real world and every experience will be structured in a different way based on how the company operates.
Career Semester has a need-blind admissions policy, which means we don't consider an applicant's financial situation when making their admissions decision. If you indicate that you'll be applying for aid in the application, you'll have the opportunity to fill out a separate financial aid application after you submit. We grant aid based on an applicant's demonstrated need, which is calculated based on their family income and a variety of other factors.
If your university has a partnership with Career Semester, you will need to apply for financial aid through the university study abroad office, if you are not automatically considered.
If we are not in a financial aid partnership with your university, you may apply for aid through Career Semester. Do note that if at a later date, a financial aid partnership is established between Career Semester and your university, we may revoke aid granted as you then qualify with your university study abroad office.
Keep in mind, that if your deposit has been paid, your spot in the program is secured, regardless of whether your financial aid decision has been released. All financial aid decisions should be released before your deposit becomes due on the program.
If you have any questions about financial aid at Career Semester, please use the chat bubble in the bottom right of your screen and our Admissions Team will direct you to the right person.
There is no official income cut-off for financial aid eligibility. Since eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined by many factors, including the family’s income, family size and number of children in college, we encourage you to apply if you are concerned about your ability to pay.
Family income includes both taxed and untaxed income. Total income is based on the Adjusted Gross Income listed on the federal tax return plus all untaxed income (ie. tax-deferred pension contributions, social security benefits, child support received, tax exempt interest). In cases of divorced or separated families, the incomes from both parents are considered in determining total family income.
Yes, additional scholarships may affect the award given to you by Career Semester. We will ask you to disclose any other awards you've received before we grant your aid.
Yes, you need to speak to the Career Semester Admissions Team for possible financial aid assistance. Speak with us directly using the chat bubble at the bottom right of your screen.
If you are awarded financial aid, it will be deducted from your overall program fee.
Unfortunately, we do not offer full financial aid scholarships. Our current financial aid and scholarship structure allows us to provide a greater degree of inclusivity than if we were to offer fewer, full scholarships.
If you're a student – although iX cannot in any way guarantee this – you might be able to source funding from your university even if we are not currently in a financial aid partnership. Some past students have managed to secure some form of subsidization by approaching their faculty head, study abroad office, or career advisor. We highly recommend speaking with your university advisors about any opportunities that may exist inside or outside of your university. If you apply for external funding, we will be happy to provide you with any documentation you might need.
If you're looking for additional funding and you're a student, we'd suggest reaching out to your university. Although we are an external program, some of our past students have secured some form of subsidization from their faculty heads or other funds on campus. We'll provide you with all the documentation you'll need for funding applications that we may be eligible for. We've had a few students who, through their own efforts, managed to secure complete funding for the program.
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