Program Overview

Who are the volunteer interns?

The Asian Affairs Center (AAC) hosts Asian students from Pacific Rim countries, and they are typically upperclassmen college students who come to the University of Missouri to improve their English and experience American culture. The students are bright young people with generally good English skills and have been chosen by their university based on a highly selective set of criteria. They are interested in gaining exposure to American work places, and are not paid for these internships.

When do they come and for how long are they here?

We have short- and long-term placements*. If you are working with a short-term volunteer/intern, they would be working with you 2 days a week for 4-6 weeks, depending on the program.

If you are working with a longer-term volunteer/intern, they would be working with you either 2 or 4 days a week for 3 months during the semester (either spring or fall). On occasion, these longer-term internships can be split between 2 placement sites.

*We have several different programs that place students in American workplaces, so we can talk about what would best suit your workplace’s needs.