Expand your students’ career opportunities

Expand your students’ opportunities

iX Career Semester is an innovative skills-training program available remotely for students of all majors, designed to accelerate students' careers in a rapidly changing job landscape.
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The perfect addition to your students' semester.

iX Semester is a first-of-its-kind program that enables students to gain crucial 21st-century professional skills as well as internship experience. The program is designed to be a supplement to a student’s college experience, providing them with additional skills, work experience, and support to enhance their future career options.

During the part-time semester-length program, students engage in a live skill-based course that is then followed by an international internship with ongoing support from course instructors.

Nicola Weaver

Chief Academic Officer

Before joining iX, Nicola ran a multi-million dollar education innovation investment initiative for one of South Africa's largest financial services groups. Previously, Nicola convened the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation—an interdisciplinary, research-based Masters degree that leads to the development of sustainable, social impact solutions for challenges in Africa at the University of Cape Town—where she is still Adjunct faculty.

Internship spotlight.

The global internship allows students to apply what they have learned from our industry instructors to real-world client projects. This problem-based approach enhances relevance through investigation of practical and complex challenges faced by businesses today; further enhancing students’ learning in these topic areas.
Alexandra Ginsburg

Studied Policy at Cornell
Interned at Invictus Capital

"It felt like I did meaningful work and contributed as a valuable asset at Invictus. It was fun getting to know new people and see my personal strengths come into play. In our internship group we were able to see the group explore individual strengths and make everyone work towards creating the best final presentation."

Camryn Okere

Studied Business at WashUInterned at SoundCloud

"The working environment was young, driven, and collaborative. Once a week, the teams came together to share their work and see how the product and our projects progressed on a large scale. Everyone was also really concerned about us having a good experience."

Manmit Singh

Studied Comp Sci at DukeInterned at Locstat

“I wish every class I'm taking in college followed the hands-on approach my teachers took with my iX course. The integration of projects and classes really helped me get a handle of the concepts and hit the ground running at Locstat. The internship with Locstat was really the most enriching learning process in the journey.”

A program structure that continuously supports students.

Week 1-3:
Online live-streamed industry-specific course

  • Class times: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm ET. Industry-focus skills course taught in live, interactive classes. Flexi-attendance structure designed to work with students' busy schedules. Live catch up classes and recordings available; TAs always available remotely for support.

  • Class contact hours: 6 per week = 18 total

  • Out of class hours estimate: 6 per week = 18 total

      Week 4-12:
      Remote internship + continuous online coursework

      • Class times (6 of the 9 weeks only): Tuesdays from 6pm to 8pm ET

      • Class contact hours: 2 per week = 18 total. If you combine all class hours for program by end of week 12, there are 30 class contact hours.

      • Out of class hours estimate: 3 hours of homework per week, thus 27 total; 12 hours of internship per week, thus 108 total internship hours.

          Throughout program:
          Career and Community Support

          Though the program is part time, taken in conjunction with a student's usual semester, Career Semester offers all of its students continuous, daily program support.

          We make use of digital communications tools such as Slack and Workplace to ensure students are always in the loop, and can receive help from their peers, instructors, or TAs. In addition, we provide career readiness workshops including resume, interview, and LinkedIn prep.

          In addition to the core iX Semester program, students can elect to add on a 3-credit International Internship course from our School of Record, the University of South Florida (USF). Throughout the 12 weeks, there are readings and reflection pieces that prompt students to connect their skills gained during the preliminary coursework and international remote internship experiences. By the end, students will have a deep understanding of their topic in a global context, and a powerful set of skills and work experience to accelerate their careers.

          Featured instructors.

          All of our teachers have backgrounds in both academia and industry.
          Taryn Morris, Data Science Instructor

          Data Scientist at Ixio Analytics

          Taryn Morris holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as an MSc in Environmental Policy and Economics from Bard College and an MSc in Ecology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Florida and a conservation manager for BirdLife South Africa. Since 2018, Dr. Morris has been a data scientist at Ixio Analytics, and continues to teach and mentor students.

          Lebogang Poonyane, Management Consulting Instructor

          CEO of Global Capital Empowerment

          Lebogang Poonyane is Chief Executive Officer at Global Capital Empowerment Private Equity Fund, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Poonyane holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Witwatersrand and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Finance from the University of South Africa. After winning a business plan “pitch” competition, he was awarded a full scholarship by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to complete an MBA in Entrepreneurship. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Business Administration degree at GIBS, focusing on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on unemployment on the African continent and what can be done about it.

          School of Record.

          iX Semester has partnered with the University of South Florida to offer a U.S. transcript for all its course + internship programs. This experiential learning course provides academic content and guided career and professional development for undergraduate students in a real-world, professional context. It is designed for students to gain experience in a workplace setting while engaging with relevant, focused academic course content.

          Students will be enrolled in a course at USF for 3 credits. Credit awarded will be based on the number of internship hours, successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from your host organization supervisor. The additional cost of academic credit is $375, and includes a transcript with an A-F letter grade from USF. In order to be eligible for transfer credit from USF, participants must be full-time students who have completed at least 30 credit hours, or recent graduates from a bachelor degree program. Participants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

          Become an iX Semester affiliate partner and further your institution's goals.

          Additional scholarships and funding opportunities.

          Students from official iX Career Semester affiliate universities and institutions receive special scholarships and funding opportunities that are not available to other students. This means more options for your students—no matter their financial background—accelerate their careers.

          Smoother admissions and approval processes.

          You'll have special access to our Admissions Team and reporting tools to monitor your students' progress in the admissions pipeline. Your institution can also create and scale customized billing relationships and processes.

          Access to our international network.

          We work with 100s of internship companies around the world. Becoming an affiliate means plugging into that network and being able to expand your institution's global presence quickly.

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          Do all the iX Semester programs include a topic-specific course and relevant internship?

          All iX Semester topics include both the industry-focus course and the internship component. The program is unique in that it combines coursework in cutting-edge skill sets with international internship experience. Students from any major or background, without experience, can enroll in the program, learn from an industry expert, and within weeks have enough theoretical experience to apply their knowledge to an internship. We match students to bespoke internship projects that align to the course material that we teach, allowing students the best chance to add tangible, recognizable value at their host company. The course is an integral part of the program and accelerates a student's ability to create value and enhance their future job prospects. The USF credit is optional.

          What majors are best for iX Semester?

          iX Semester is designed for students of all majors and backgrounds. Almost all of our programs require no prior experience in the relevant subject area, and are designed to expose students to critical skills rather than defined just industries. The program allows students to explore a new skill, no matter their intended career path. For example, we often see students from a Liberal Arts background opting to take our technical courses, such as Data Analytics, in order to gain practical skills that can be broadly applied to their field (i.e. an English major interested in a career in journalism, looking to bolster their data analysis skill set before entering the working world). We also often see students opting to take our industry-focused courses as a way to "test" their interest in that field. Very often, university students find it hard to gain real-world work experience in their early college years – iX Career Semester provides a way to not only gain work experience in a field of interest without prior experience, but to also gain skills and meet many other students from around the world.

          How will students from various time zones successfully participate in the remote programs?

          iX Semester is designed such that the program adapts to students' schedules and works across a wide array of time zones. For part-time programs, we have carefully designed the class time slots so that students can sit down to take their live classes in a way that does not interfere with their schedules. Students with a valid excuse may excuse themselves from certain live classes, and can either attend a catch up support class if available, or watch class recordings and complete all necessary review and home work prior to their next primary classs session. Teaching Assistants are online Monday to Friday to assist students with questions. Because the program is entirely remote, for the internship placement there will be some need for students to accommodate meetings with their supervisor in a different time zone. However, most internship hours can be accomplished at any time of day that works for the participant.

          When do students find out more details about their internship placements?

          When students begin their course with iX Semester, their teaching team will introduce them to the available companies and project briefs. By the third week of the program, students will be given an opportunity to research the available companies, evaluate the briefs, and express their placement preferences. Because our partner network and curricula evolve from year to year, we can't release a list of partner companies and project briefs before the start of the program. After students submit their preferences during the program, their teachers will make the match. The matches are based on student preferences, and teachers also take into account engagement and performance in the live online classes, a student's demonstrated ability to collaborate, and company industry preferences.

          Is academic credit offered for this program?

          Yes! Academic credit is available through our school of record, the University of South Florida. Students wishing to maximize their learning and development throughout their iX Semester program are encouraged to enroll in the additional for-credit course from USF. The for-credit course is designed to provide academic content and guided career and professional development for undergraduate students in a real-world, professional context. Transcripts will be issued by USF after the program. iX Semester participants who elect to undertake the program for credit will enroll and pay the additional course fee of $375 to iX in their enrollment portal.

          What is the student enrolment process for iX Semester?

          We encourage students to first speak with their academic and study abroad advisors prior to applying to the program to discuss transfer credit and the approval process. Once they have completed any university-specific steps, students can then apply directly to iX Semester on this website. We will also notify home institutions of students’ intentions to enroll in the program after their application is complete.