The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) reports that from their survey of study abroad alumni, "97 percent said studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96 percent reported increased self-confidence, 89 percent said that it enabled them to tolerate ambiguity, and 95 percent stated that it has had a lasting impact on their world view." (source: The Benefits of Study Abroad)
Working, volunteering or interning at the International Center provides students with professional development, puts them in touch with other students and helps them to connect with MU’s international community.
In fewer than eight hours per week, Cultural Ambassadors help exchange students experience life in the United States by:
Study abroad volunteers generally are study abroad returnees interested in sharing their experience and encouraging more MU students to take advantage of this life-changing opportunity. Opportunities include:
Note to MU International Center Study Abroad Scholarship winners: If you have accepted a scholarship from the MU International Center, you are required to provide five hours of service upon your return to MU. You can fulfill your service requirement by performing any of the suggested volunteer projects listed above through the MU International Center. Please make sure that your service is recorded on the Study Abroad Scholarship Service Requirement Form.
These opportunities each have their own registration forms, available by following the links above. For more information, email: ISSS@missouri.edu.
The field of international education is exciting and rewarding! A good starting place for general information about career opportunities in our field is available through NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The International Center posts all full-time positions through the university’s Human Resource Services job list, and we often post announcements on our website as positions become open. If you are interested in working at the International Center, we encourage you to become familiar with our current staff positions and responsibilities as well as the related information you will find throughout our website.
Some of the International Center's most valuable resources are our study abroad returnees. Study abroad alumni can draw upon their recent experiences in applying to, preparing for and participating in overseas programs to help future participants. The Study Abroad Resource Room is staffed by paid and volunteer peer advisers.
Peer advisers are study abroad returnees who have been hired by the International Center as assistants to the study abroad staff. Peer advisers' primary role is to provide preliminary advising of students visiting the International Center for the first time or returning for additional program literature or information. Other responsibilities include assisting in the organization of the Study Abroad Resource Room, general office duties, study abroad marketing on campus, and coordinating and participating in special projects, such as fairs, classroom presentations and orientations.
To apply to be a peer study abroad adviser with the MU International Center, please email a résumé and cover letter to Jeanne Beck. We typically receive applications from many more candidates than we are able to hire and encourage students not selected as peer advisers to consider the International Center's other paid and volunteer opportunities.
Status: Currently, the MU International Center is accepting peer adviser applications.
Each year the International Center has a limited number of student positions. Responsibilities may include:
Student positions usually are posted through the MU Career Center.
Every summer the International Center offers study abroad intern positions in which students can earn credit while working on projects with the study abroad staff.
To apply for an exchange student internship position, please email a cover letter and résumé to Renée Reed-Miller.
Status: The MU International Center is currently accepting study abroad intern applications. Application deadline is May 2, 2011.
We welcome inquiries from motivated students who have a passion for international exchange and are trying to build meaningful internship experiences. If you need credit for your internship, we are happy to work with you to meet the requirements of your academic program. Please note, however, that due to limited staff resources, we are not always able to accommodate all internship requests. For more information, please contact the staff member whose responsibilities best match your area of interest.
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