Snapshot

Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

Advisor:

Donna Ramil

Housing Options:

Student Residence Hall

Cornell Affiliations:

Industrial and Labor Relations

Overview

Opportunity Description

The ILR International Programs Office and the Scheinman Institute are offering a winter break Engaged Learning (EL) opportunity in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam.   The focus of the program will be in the area of labor relations and conflict resolution and will be overseen by Richard Fincher (ILR’73), the Executive Director of the Asia Labor Arbitration Project (ALAP) in the Scheinman Institute. 

What is unique about this program?

Students will learn about labor relations and dispute resolution with peers from the School of Labor & Human Resources at Ton Duc Thang University (see website for English video: http://english.tdt.edu.vn/).

While at TDTU, ILR students will select a research topic that they will complete during the spring semester in a post-experience Directed Study.

A sample of potential research projects includes:

  • Labor Implications of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Human resources strategy at foreign investment enterprises
  • Dispute resolution in Vietnam
  • Wildcat strikes in the global supply chain
  • State-controlled trade union (VGCL)
  • Minimum wage policy (MWP) in a developing country
  • Monitoring the Codes of Social Responsibility
  • Role of the International Labor organization (ILO) in Southeast Asia

In addition, ILR students will collaborate with TDTU students in arbitration/mediation simulations.

To learn more about recent trip experiences see the Vietnam blog.

Program Timeline

Fall 2018

Students are REQUIRED to take part in 5-6 pre-departure meetings, beginning in late October (the meetings will be planned around students’ schedules).   The meetings will cover a mix of topics to prepare students academically, personally and culturally for their in-country experience including a guest speaker on conflict resolution in SE Asia, travel logistics, risk management, health & safety, and an introduction to Vietnamese culture and language.

Spring 2019

Students selected to the program will be enrolled in a 1 or 2 credit directed study project, co-supervised by an ILR faculty member and Richard Fincher.  Students will be required to submit a final academic reflection based their in-country experience and research focus (will determined based on students’ interests).

How do I apply?

1) Review the program Requirements.

2) Meet with the program advisor (Donna Ramil, dmr47@cornell.edu) to discuss the program details and your eligibility.

3) Complete the online application by clicking on the "Apply" button on this web page. You must log in with your NetID and password to access the application.

VIETNAM IS AN EMERGING ECONOMY AND COUNTRY; IT IS CULTURALLY DIFFERENT IN BEHAVIOR, FOOD AND ATTIRE THAN THE UNITED STATES. TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU MUST ACCEPT AND RESPECT DIFFERENCES!

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NOT A FIT FOR EVERYONE.