In 2021, the ACICIS Sustainable Tourism Professional Practicum (STPP) will be offered virtually, with the support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
Launched in 2019, this program is designed for undergraduate students, postgraduate coursework students, and early career professionals.
This program was developed with the support of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan and is undertaken prior to the commencement of the Australian academic calendar year (January – February). The STPP is a six-week program that consists of intensive Indonesian language instruction at Atma Jaya University, English language lectures by local practitioners and experts in the field of sustainable tourism, and a supervised practicum placement within a local or international tourism and hospitality company or organisation.
The program is designed to cater for students with no existing Indonesian language skills. Candidates with existing language skills will, however, be welcome.
Tourism is an important industry in many developing nations, where it supports economic development and propagates cultural heritage. This is undoubtedly the case in Indonesia which has a thriving tourism industry based on its abundant natural and cultural resources. The tourism industry in Indonesia, however, faces many challenges related to natural resource management and sustainable commercial practices. The need to develop sustainable tourism practices is a rapidly emerging issue in Indonesia as the industry – as it currently operates – continues to deplete the nation’s natural and environmental resources. ACICIS’ Sustainable Tourism Professional Practicum provides Australian students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the social, cultural and political systems that underpin the tourism industry in Indonesia, and to consider issues relating to sustainability and resource management within the sector. They will also gain practical skills in hospitality, management and other commercial practices within Indonesia’s tourism and hospitality sector.
It’s difficult to understand a place until you’ve been immersed fully into it. The ACICIS Professional Practicum programs go a long way towards starting that immersion.”ACICIS Past Participant
The main aims of the STPP are to:
- Provide students with a practical learning experience with a Host Organisation in the Indonesian tourism sector; and
- To enhance bilateral understanding through the creation of new partnerships between Australian and Indonesian counterparts, and serve as a medium for the exchange of ideas in the field of sustainable tourism.
- To develop students’ knowledge of sustainability and sustainable tourism practices, and the application of these concepts and practices within Indonesia’s tourism industry.
The structure of the six-week program is as follows:
- 40 hours of intensive Indonesian language classes at Atma Jaya Catholic University, designed to give participants basic Indonesian language capacity;
- 30 hours of seminars, tutorials and virtual fieldtrips led by experts in, and practitioners of, sustainable tourism practices in Indonesia; and
- A 160 hour supervised practicum placement to give participants an (English-speaking) professional experience, within an Indonesian or international organisation operating within Indonesia’s tourism sector.
An Academic Program Officer (APO) is assigned for the duration of the STPP to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content. The APO also acts as the primary source of guidance and advice for students. The APO is available for student consultations on a regular schedule or by appointment. Since the pilot iteration of the program in 2019, the position of Academic Program Officer has been held by Dr Kelli Swazey.
Participating students are also allocated a workplace mentor at their practicum host organisation who will supervise a student’s work within the organisation for the duration of the student’s practicum placement. Participants must endeavour to regularly meet with their workplace mentor (as a guide, approximately three times a week) throughout the placement. Over the course of the program, the APO should be invited to attend at least two meetings between the student and their host organisation mentor.
All ACICIS programs operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, Dr Adrian Budiman, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia. ACICIS’ administrative staff will check in with participants throughout the program and are available during business hours to assist with any concerns.
Virtual Internship Notes
- Applicants should be aware that they are applying for the program, not a specific placement. Participants must therefore accept that they may not be placed in their desired choice. In addition, all ACICIS placements with organisations depend entirely on the goodwill and preparedness of such organisations to host participants. Such organisations retain the right to withdraw from the program or vary the number of participants they host at any stage. Therefore, while acting in good faith in preparing participants for placements, ACICIS cannot guarantee any specific internship site and participants must accept this need for flexibility as a condition of participation in the Sustainable Tourism Professional Practicum.
- Program participants are required to have access to a personal laptop or computer, and a reliable internet connection throughout the duration of the program.
- Participants are encouraged to have a work-space set up with their homes, so that they are able to attend all components of the program without distraction. A comfortable space with suitable lighting is recommended.
- Participants will be conducting meetings via Zoom and other online learning platforms and are required to dress and groom themselves as they ordinarily would for university or an in-person professional placement. More information on expected dress codes will be provided in pre-program correspondence.
- Orientation is compulsory for all STPP participants. If you cannot attend orientation then you will, unfortunately, not be able to participate in the program.