Academic Programs International

Northeast Program Representative
Based in Bergen County, NJ
September 2014 – January 2015

Throughout the fall and early winter season, I worked as a program representative for Academic Programs International. I attended fairs and hosted information tables, where I spoke directly with students and parents about the opportunities that API offers in fields of study, intern, work, teach, and volunteer abroad.

Responsibilities:
– Attended study abroad fairs in the Northeast Region on behalf of API
– Interacted directly with prospective study abroad students to inform them about API programs (study, intern, work, teach, high school gap year, and volunteer)
– Hosted information tables at study abroad fairs on campuses of API institutional partners
– Entered student data collected from fairs and information tables into API database

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Peer Mentor
Hempstead, NY
August 2013 – June 2014

For one academic year, I was a Peer Mentor Intern for API Study Abroad.  After the training program in Austin, Texas, 12 Peer Mentors returned to our home institutions with the responsibilities to advocate for, raise awareness for, and analyze international education and the study abroad experience.  I worked closely with Hofstra University’s study abroad office and acted as a leader, encouraging the student body to participate in the study abroad and international education.

Responsibilities and Accomplishments:
– Worked closely with Hofstra Study Abroad office to promote API programs and study abroad
– Advocated for international education, global awareness, and cultural acceptance on campus in the community
– Acted as a resource for students interested in and applying for study abroad programs
– Planned and hosted events/activities for the student body, spoke on panels, hosted class presentations

  • Events/activities included: Residence hall info sessions, blogs/campus newspaper articles, Multicultural Mixers, Spanish Movie nights, “Study Abroad Bingo” events, etc.

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Click here to visit the API Peer Mentor bio page

Click here to read my article on the Hofstra Student Life Blog about study abroad

Click here to read my feature on the API Study Abroad Blog

Click here to read my interview with GoAbroad.Com

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Cultural Liaison Correspondent and Guest Blogger
Seville, Spain
December 2012 – June 2013

API has provided me with more than just the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for one semester; they gave me an unforgettable, invaluable life experience.  API inspired me to get involved. Instead of being assigned a regular Cultural Liaison position, I became API’s first Cultural Liaison Correspondent.  Along with receiving the API/Matador Network scholarship for a travel journalism class at MatadorU, I also held an API guest blogger position.  I wrote articles to engage API’s followers, offer advice to prospective study abroad students, and to document my own personal experiences abroad.  Through working with and for API, I learned how to work better independently as well as in a team.  I could not be more proud to be an alumni.

Responsibilities and Accomplishments:
– Plan, coordinate, and participate in weekly on-site cultural events with local Liaisons and selected students in Seville, Spain while engaging attendees in Spanish culture, language, and local lifestyle
– Combine MatadorU class materials and lessons to produce insightful media projects, blogs, and effective digital stories for the API website and blog documenting each event
– Produce (separate) monthly blogs reflecting on the study abroad experience and traveling