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Global ACCELERATOR Program

Ac·cel·er·a·tor (әk’sεlәreιtә)

Noun 1. A person or thing that causes something to happen or develop more quickly.


The twelve-week Global Accelerator Program is the Fall, Winter, and Spring derivative of our Global Explorer Program. It is designed to help current students and recent graduates explore and develop their career in a global city.

Graduates of the program gain the professional skills, experience and connection necessary to launch a successful career.

LOCATIONS:
  • london
  • paris
  • new york city
  • washington d.c
  • boston
  • chicago
  • miami
  • los angeles
  • san fransisco
INDUSTRIES:
  • Entertainment, Media & Journalism
  • Consulting & Professional Services
  • Technology & Engineering
  • Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Art, Fashion & Design
  • Marketing, Advertising & PR
  • Charities, Not-For-Profits & NGOs
  • Law & Politics
UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

WINTER 2018

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SPRING 2019

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SUMMER 2019

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FALL 2019

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For 8 Week Summer dates, learn more about the Global Explorer Program.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

TWELVE WEEK INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

TWELVE WEEK INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

Develop real world skills and experience with a leading company in one of nine professional fields. You'll work with a team of advisors to secure an internship, in your selected city and industry, where your skills and aspirations are well matched.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES (ONLINE)

In an ever-evolving economy and employment market it's critical to make every career move count. The Career Navigator Course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make intelligent career decisions.

Leadership skills and commercial awareness invariably fill the top two spots on any prospective employer's wish list. The Future Leaders Course, comparable to a condensed MBA course, provides insight into key business concepts that will help you think and act like a business leader.

As part of the Global Accelerator Program you'll enjoy a series of web-based classes and exercises to help you excel during your internship and beyond.

Coaching & Support

Coaching & Support (Online)

Our Course Instructors are dedicated to help you make the most of the opportunity. Beginning with a skills and career fit assessment, we'll professionally review your resume and prepare you for interviews. Your program will include a mid- and end-of-program appraisal with regular feedback and we're here to offer job search advice and support if you need it once you graduate.

RAFAEL
This program has improved my skillset in every way. I’ve gained real, tangible skills that I use every day. I can show my future employers, hey, I have done this before and I know how to do it correctly. The program has made me more marketable and more prepared when it comes to approaching the job market.
Loyola University of New Orleans, 2016
CI, 2016
SAMANTHA
The most important thing I learnt through CI was how to apply my creative skills in a working environment. I now understand how to channel my talents to produce results that meet a professional standard. My internship has left me with a portfolio of work that I can draw on.
University of British Colombia, 2018
CI, 2015
SUNIRO
You learn so many practical skills that can be applied in a professional and a personal setting. I’ve learnt how to communicate, how to act in interviews and how to approach the graduate jobs market. This experience will put me in good stead moving forward.
University of Nottingham, 2017
CI, 2016
NICK
Signing up for CI is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I gained real-world experience, expanded my professional network and learned so many skills. I’m ready to jump in to a career after college.
Kenyon College, 2016
CI, 2016
HANNAH
It was an unbelieveable, unforgettable experience. Joining a CI program and having the opportunity to intern abroad has made me grow as a person and feel much more confident moving forward. The support from CI only helped this.
University of Newcastle, 2017
CI, 2016
JAMES
I have matured and developed so much over the summer. The internship has really helped me define my career goals. I now know exactly what I want to do and how I can get there and have come back to university with a renewed passion for my industry.
University of Liverpool, 2017
CI, 2016
CASEY
I would have been very lost without CI. It was comforting to be given access to this entrepreneurial atmosphere and a group of so many like-minded people. There are individuals here that I will be working alongside for years to come.
Clemson University, 2017
CI, 2016
LEAH
Before the start of the program, I found the uncertainty of life after college very daunting. Now I have a greater picture of how to focus my strengths and experience, I can’t wait to see where life takes me when graduation comes.
North Carolina State University, 2015
CI, 2015
MIHIR
The people I’ve interned alongside are some of the people who will be leading businesses in five or ten years’ time. To be able to learn from them and have those connections as I move forward is amazing.
University of Cambridge, 2018
CI, 2016
SAM
By coming to CI I was able to pinpoint the exact sector of banking in which I wanted to start my career. The team found me the placement I wanted and really helped me with my preparation going in to the interview, giving me the best chance of securing the role.
University of St. Andrews, 2015
CI, 2013
BLAKE
CI has given me a lot of confidence moving forward. I now have experience on my resume that has already provided me with a head-start in such a competitive industry. Landing a full-time job straight out of college is proof that the CI programs are extremely valuable.
University of Michigan, 2016
CI, 2014
PHYLIZIA
My CI program comprised of everything I could ever ask for. There’s the professional aspect of the internship, plus the social aspect of meeting new friends from all over the world, all backed up by the support from everyone at CI.
Mount St. Mary’s University, 2017
CI, 2016
ELIS
I only have positive things to say about my experience with CI, including the prompt responses, support and encouragement from their staff. Continue helping other people who need to get out there and gain a taste of a real work environment that will benefit them moving forward. Work experience is essential for students to explore an industry and decide whether to pursue a career in that area.
Royal Holloway, University of London, 2016
CI, 2015
NEAL
I was able to walk away from my internship knowing that I made an impact on my host company which was a great feeling. I now have real, tangible work-experience that will ensure I stand out amongst a group of job applicants. Something tells me that CI is the ticket to my future.
Virginia Tech, 2016
CI, 2015
MICHAEL
There are some things that you just can’t learn in college. This experience has allowed me to apply the tools that I learn in class to real life. CI provide you with the opportunity to learn about business and apply it to your career via your internship the very next day.
Depauw University, 2017
CI, 2016

SEE HOW OUR PROGRAM CREATE CAREER READY,
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A STRUCTURED 12-WEEK PROGRAM

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CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 1: COMPANY ANALYSIS

Learn how to describe your company’s mission in a single sentence. Unit 1 challenges you to distill your host company’s commercial objectives and activities into a single paragraph.

You’ll research concepts such as product positioning, demographic targeting, product mix and distribution, business and revenue models, company structures and use LinkedIn advanced people searches.

To consolidate your learning, use this opportunity to engage with senior individuals in your internship and seek to understand their paths and long-term vision for the company.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 2: MARKET ANALYSIS

How does its market share stack up with the competition? Unit 2 invites you to calculate the size and value of your company’s market and its market penetration.

On top of calculating market size and value and estimating your company’s market share, you’ll identify three notable competitors; the market leader, an innovative new player and your host company’s closest competitor.

We’ll ask you to research SWOT analysis and use this method on three selected competitors and learn more about commercial market research.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 3: MARKETING & SALES

What are the main and most effective marketing channels utilized by your host company? What drives the customer to purchase their product or service and how does your company influence the customer to reach a buying decision?

Marketing and sales is the engine room of every business. Unit 3 invites you to critically review your company’s key marketing channels and the funnel that maps the customer journey.

We’ll invite you to engage with your company’s marketing or sales manager and aim to propose three new marketing ideas incorporating cost-benefit analysis.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 4: MONEY MATTERS I

Unit 4 challenges you to build a balance sheet capturing your own personal income and expenditure using Excel.

You’ll learn how to build your personal balance sheet in Excel accounting for regular income and expenditure. You’ll develop an understanding of budgeting, cash flow analysis and basic use of Excel.

To take your learning to the next step, we recommend that you engage with your company’s finance or office manager to see how accurate your estimates were.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 5: MONEY MATTERS II

As an extension to Unit 4, we discuss how and why borrowers borrow and lenders lend with a no-previous-knowledge-necessary guide to financial markets.

You’ll research and present on bonds and equities, learn how to describe how they’re the same and how they’re different.

You’ll explore the net borrower-lender lifecycle, loans, bonds (Govt and corporate) and equities, corporate finance and capital markets.

After the class, we advise that you learn from your company’s leadership about the capital and ownership structure of your company and the funding status of its three competitors.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 6: PEOPLE & PRODUCTIVITY

How do good leaders inspire and drive performance? Part stick, part carrot. All vision.

In Unit 5 we’ll delve into the hotly debated field of emotional intelligence, inviting you to explore what makes you tick and learn how to apply cognitive attribute frameworks when engaging and influencing others.

You’ll investigate McClelland’s motivational theory for discerning motivational needs and explore roles and career paths suited to your profile.

You’ll understand behaviors for success and profiling for roles and career paths.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 7: FINAL PROJECT DROP-IN

In preparation for the presentation of your final project to your company’s leadership, Unit 7 is dedicated to helping you bring everything together from the preceding six weeks to create and deliver an impressive and insightful analysis of your company.

You’ll structure and work towards finalizing your final presentation with the help and direction of your local coaches.

This is your chance to wow your host company and secure a job offer or glowing reference.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 8: CAREER PLANNING

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn.

Taking what you’ve learnt about yourself, work and life from your internship and the Career Accelerator Series and Future Leaders Series, you’ll define career goals and a strategy to help you achieve them.

You’ll lean on the following experiences to help you make smart, evidence-based decisions that will help shape your working life.

This final session will help guide your life post-program.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 9: BUSINESS PSYCHOLOGY

How can I win friends and influence people? It’s complicated, we’re still figuring it out too.

We teach you a framework to help you navigate the most complex object in the known universe, the human brain. In this unashamedly cerebral session, we explore key behavioral concepts, such as motivation theory (McClelland), and their application in the workplace. You’ll learn practical methodologies to help you to better appreciate and understand your own and others’ motivations and behaviors.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 10: ACING THE INTERVIEW

What is the most commonly asked interview question in the world? “Tell me about yourself.” Those four words that invite you to discuss the easiest, most interesting topic in the world: you.

Since interviews can be won or lost in the opening minutes, this unity teaches you to get any interview off to a strong start by mastering your elevator pitch.

We on speed-interviewing then drafting, and perfecting, your elevator pitch. Understand both sides of the equation as you play interviewee and interviewer.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 11: CV SURGERY

Your resume will typically receive a five-to-seven second glance before arriving on the ‘yes’ or ‘no pile. In the 2014/15 hiring season, the largest graduate employers received 172 applications per vacancy. In other words, there were eventually 171, ‘nos’ for every, ‘yes’.

To ensure you are a ‘yes’, this unit draws on a team of recruiters to help you draft the most compelling, easy to digest and arguably, most important, marketing document you may ever write.

You’ll learn how to overcome the three hurdles between you and an interview invitation; the robot, the gatekeeper and the hiring manager.

CAREER NAVIGATOR & FUTURE LEADERS COURSES

UNIT 12: CV DROP-IN

Unit 12 feeds on the knowledge you learn in CV Surgery, offering you one-on-one time with one of our Career Coaches to review your resume in the context of your career goals. Come armed with your best final draft of your new resume.

This unit encompasses a one-on-one career goals review and one-on-one resume review. We’re also happy to offer ongoing feedback, giving you the opportunity to take away your feedback and update your CV.

Internship

INTERNSHIP

Your internship tells employers that you possess the drive to explore and pursue a profession, the skills required in your field and the maturity to succeed in a workplace environment. In short, it helps demonstrate that you are a wise investment.

Your internship is a critical element of the program. This is where you cultivate real-world skills and experience to enhance your employability and put the other elements of the program into practice.

With the exception of a couple of planned days off, you’ll attend your internship placement Monday to Friday for the full eight weeks of the program.

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Internship
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FUTURE LEADERS COURSE
Intensive Course
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What's Included?

No other learning accelerator offers as much.

GLOBAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM in Chicago
  GLOBAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
Immersive Internship Placement (12 WEEKS)
Remote Course Instructors & TAs
24/7 Support
  GLOBAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
Skills career fit assessment
Professional resume review & coaching
Interview preparation, coaching & mocks
Mid- and end-of-program appraisal & feedback
Career planning & job search advice & support
Certification of attendance & reference support
  GLOBAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
Company Analysis
Market Analysis
Marketing & Sales
Money Matters I
Money Matters II
People & Productivity
Project & Presentation
Career Planning
  GLOBAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
Intensive Language Course OPTIONAL
Academic Credit OPTIONAL

Tuition

A best in-class program.

GLOBAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

Global ACCELERATOR Program

Chicago
8 - Week Internship
12-Week
Internship
(IN-PERSON)
+
Future Leader Series
Future
leader series
(REMOTE)
+
COACHING and SUPPORT
COACHING
& SUPPORT
(REMOTE)

Please note that fees exclude the Enrollment Fee. Fees are stated exclusive of prevailing sales or value added taxes.

We’re an accelerated learning, travel and work experience provider all-in-one. We’re confident you won’t find an experience that offers more for less anywhere else.

Most accelerated learning providers rely wholly on tuition fees. We don’t. We think a sole reliance on funding from fees can turn otherwise well-meaning organizations into quantity-, rather than quality-, driven orgranization. For them, more students equals more revenue.

We’re dierent. Instead of relying solely on tuition fees, a significant proportion of our funding comes from hiring companies that pay CI when they convert their interns to graduates withing three years of hosting them in a program. So, for us, better outcomes equals more revenue.

It’s deliberate and important dierentiator. It means our programs, and the educators and host companies we work with, are carefully designed and curated to maximize student experience and outcomes. With us, quality trumps quantity.

We’ve been providing career-enhancing, life-changing experience since 2011. And we vehemently advocate for global, experiential education to help combat the 21st century skills gap that leaves too many bright graduates under-utilized and under-employed.

Beyond offering a great experience, any investment in your education and early-career should provide a quantifiable return.

On average, CI alumni get hired 3X more quickly and earn 30% more than their peers a year after completing university.

For ideas and guidance on financial matters, including our Student Aid scheme which offers upto $3,263 in aid towards your program, and our $2,500 tuition rebate initiative, visit the fund your future page.

MEET YOUR COURSE ADVISOR

Chief Advisor For Global Accelerator Programs In Eastern United States

JOSH EDGLEY-SMITH

An alumnus of the University of Liverpool, Josh is our General Manager of Programs and plays a key role in the Student Experience Team at City Internships. Josh enjoys working with intelligent students and graduates to define their career goals and begin meaningful and rewarding careers.

"Our team works hard to close the prevailing skills gap that exists between university and the working world," Josh says. "My involvement in planning and running the Global Accelerator Program is rewarding as a I witness first-hand our students enjoying their summer, learning new skills and ultimately, taking their experience forward to satisfying, lucrative careers."

Josh has traveled extensively across Europe, Asia, Australia and the US and held positions at both the London 2012 Olympic Games and Camp America, in Pennsylvania, USA, prior to joining CI. Josh operates from our headquarters in Los Angeles and is available to help you learn more about our programs.

Josh is available to talk about any of our Global Accelerator Programs in eastern USA.

Email JOSH EDGLEY-SMITH