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Volunteer, work or intern at the MU International Center

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.

Volunteer at the International Center

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Cultural Ambassador program

In fewer than eight hours per week, Cultural Ambassadors help exchange students experience life in the United States by:

  • answering cultural questions before the students’ arrival;
  • helping students learn about Mizzou, Columbia and the United States;
  • inviting exchange students to events and activities.

For more information on the Cultural Ambassador program, please email exchanges@missouri.edu.

Study abroad volunteers

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:

  • Classroom presentations.
  • Study abroad orientations
  • Helping with the fall or spring Study Abroad Fairs.
  • Reviewing site-specific orientation guides.
  • Reviewing orientation guides and study abroad materials.
  • Creating or distributing marketing materials.
  • Meeting with prospective students to discuss your study abroad program.
  • Assisting with international exchange student programming.

If you are interested in serving as a study abroad volunteer with the MU International Center please email your study abroad adviser or studyabroad@missouri.edu.

International Student and Scholar Services volunteer opportunities

We welcome MU students, staff, faculty and members of the community to join us in creating a supportive environment for our international students and scholars and their families. Opportunities include:

These opportunities each have their own registration forms, available by following the links above. For more information, email isss@missouri.edu.

Work at the International Center

Flags hanging behind door.Full-time positions

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.

Study abroad peer advisers

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 studyabroad@missouri.edu. 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.

Other student positions

Each year the International Center has a limited number of student positions. Responsibilities may include:

  • Front desk.
  • Communications (website maintenance, graphic design, photography, writing).

Student positions usually are posted through Hire Mizzou Tigers.

Intern at the International Center

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.