Taking Global Internship Courses


Understanding the influence of culture on organizational communication has become more and more crucial in today’s workplace. The experience of working abroad and with people from different cultures can be a terrific experience or a frustrating one. International or domestic internship experiences and education about the influence of culture on the workplace is applicable to all majors in and outside SMC. No matter the type of internship, the principles necessary for understanding how to adjust to different cultures and how to work with people from different cultural backgrounds cut across internship experiences. This program, and the two courses provided within it, should appeal and be applicable to students from a broad range of professional interests. Summer study in the Global Internship program is designed to prepare you for an internship through an exploration of intercultural communication in the workplace.

Faculty Program Leader

Tracey Weiss, Public Relations
Tracey Weiss will be leading Intercultural Communication in the Workplace on campus. In addition to her faculty responsibilities at Temple, Weiss has had her own consulting firm since 1999. She specializes in executive coaching, performance feedback, succession planning and team building. Weiss has worked with senior executives and boards of trustees in a broad spectrum of public and private organizations.

Her clients have included Campbell Soup Co., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Federal Reserve Board, Merck, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, QVC, SEPTA, Sesame Street and the University of California Health System. Weiss also received the Quality Consultant Award from Union Carbide, in recognition for her work in developing a performance management program.

Before launching her own firm, Weiss held management positions in leadership development for Aramark, GlaxoSmithKline and the Hay Group. Earlier in her career, she served as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of New Hampshire.

Abbe Depretis, Communication and Social Influence
Abbe S. Depretis, Ph.D. will be leading the online internship course, as well as teaching in Los Angeles, during the summer of 2018. Abbe is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Communication and Social Influence at Temple University, where she teaches courses in Persuasion, Argumentation, Speech Writing, Public Advocacy, Rhetoric and Social Movements, and the Rhetoric of Hate and Violence. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Rhetoric and Social Change. Her current research focuses on the rhetoric of anti-war movements, feminism, and archival history.

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