Next Step Connections (NEXSTEP) has organized in-personand remote internships in Asia for over 3,500 students. They have been continuously refining their remote programs to maximize student outcomes since 2017, while many other organizations only recently started offering remote internships as a reaction to the pandemic.

Visit www.nextstepconnections.com for more information on how to enable your students to be prepared for the new world of work.

Guaranteed remote Internship with an Asian organization, business, or social enterprise for a duration of 4-6 weeks.

Weekly Mentorship. Future of work Preparatory Course & Orientation.

Skills outcome Evaluation & Certificate.


Customized Experiential Learning In Asia By NEXSTEP. Are you looking for highly flexible and competitively priced internship programs in Asia for your students? NEXSTEP has designed such programs in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, India & China to meet the needs of hundreds of academic institutions since 2008. They support your needs for next generation experiential learning programs in the most dynamic region of the world through their know-how, local expertise, and strategic connections. Are you looking to rebuild your portfolio of programs post-pandemic with high quality skills-based internships? NEXSTEP is pleased to offer our friends of Gateway one complimentary remote internship program ‘seat’ in Asia for your institution valued at US$1495. This will enable one of your students to experience next generation remote internship programming and benefit from this unique learning experience!

Connect with NEXSTEP today to receive your complimentary remote internship program ‘seat’ in Asia.

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training