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, Strategic Communication
Tracey Weiss will be leading Intercultural Communication in the Workplace on campus in May 2017. 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.
Jennifer Freeman, Advertising
Jennifer Freeman will be leading the online internship course, as well as overseeing onsite internships, as a part of the Global Internship Program in summer 2017. Freeman is an assistant professor of instruction in the Advertising Department at Temple University. Her teaching focus is advertising research and strategy, including qualitative advertising research and account planning. She is also faculty advisor of the student-led Temple Ad Club and assists the National Student Advertising Competition team each year with research and strategic campaign development. Freeman is enthusiastic about teaching and is determined to translate her understanding of advertising, research and strategy into valuable classroom learning.
Following her education and degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, she began her career in promotions and soon became director of marketing of the Denver firm of Brown & Tedstrom, which specializes in financial planning. She moved into to the more eclectic advertising side when she was hired as brand manager of Miles Advertising Denver. Just before joining Temple, she honed her advertising research and planning skills as director of brand research and analysis at Kanter International (now Finch Brands) in Philadelphia.