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NAFSA 2011 - Peer Advising and Internships - CSU


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Expanding your study abroad staff using peer advisors, former study abroad students.

Expanding your study abroad staff using peer advisors, former study abroad students.

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  • 1. Student Staff & Internships Chico State Study Abroad
  • 2.
      • Public institution
      • 14,000 undergrads
      • Study Abroad reports to Provost Office
      • 82 approved locations in 34 countries
      • 100 % financial aid applies
      • Ranked third in the nation for MA granting institutions sending students on long term programs (Open Doors 2008-09)
    CSU, Chico Overview
  • 3. Professional Education Abroad Staff at Chico & Population Served
      • Professional Staff:
      • Study Abroad Coordinator
      • Study Abroad Adviser
      • Administrative Support Coordinator
      • Population Served:
      • 319 study abroad participants in 2009-10 (less than 50 on short-term summer programs)
      • 41 incoming J-1 students in 2009-10
      • 74 unpaid student interns for 2009-10
      • Five paid student assistants
  • 4.
    • Ask Me Where I've Been!
  • 5. Student Leadership Positions Available to Study Abroad Alumni
      • (2) Administrative support (10-20 hours/week)
      • (1) Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator (20 hours/week)
      • (1) Internship Coordinator (20 hours/week)
      • (1) Special Events Coordinator (receives academic credit through the Department of Recreation)
      • (1) Culture, Conversation and Cuisine (CCC) program coordinator (10 hours/week, often voluntary)
      • Green = paid position
  • 6. Unpaid Internships Available to Study Abroad Alumni
      • (2) Special Events Planning
      • (5-8) Marketing & Recruitment
      • (20-40) International Mentors
      • (2) Public Relations
      • (12) Peer Advising
  • 7. What Are Your Interns Getting Out of This?
    • Resume builder
    • Picture this entry on your resume:
    • Study Abroad Special Events Planning Internship
    • CSU, Chico
    • School of Graduate, International and Interdisciplinary Studies
    • (Spring 2009)
    • Valuable work experience
    • Gain hands-on experience in a field that interests you!
  • 8. What else Are They Getting Out of This?
    • International Internship credit on your transcript
    • Campus involvement: Interaction with Students (international and domestic), Faculty & Staff
    • Possibility of landing a job with the study abroad office or other international organization (networking)
    • Ability to use Coordinator as references on future job applications
    • An opportunity to share your experience with future study abroad students!!
  • 9. Basic Requirements for all Study Abroad Interns
    • 30 hours of service during the semester per unit
      • Equivalent to two hours per week, plus one hour at orientation
      • **PEER ADVISORS must commit to 60 hours of service (2 units)
    • Keep an updated time log of service hours
    • Write a two page summary of your experience at the end of the semester
    • Complete mandatory projects and attend events
    • Be prompt, responsible and enthusiastic
  • 10. How do students choose which internship to apply for?
    • The following internships were designed for students who wish to gain professional experience in a field related to their major or minor:
      • Public Relations
      • Marketing and Recruitment
      • Special Events Planning
  • 11. Public Relations
  • 12.
        • Write articles and press releases for :
          • ‘ Student Spotlight’ on the Study Abroad Website
          • Orion, Synthesis, and other local newspapers
          • International Program updates (e-mailing)
          • Press Releases
          • Promotion of International Education Week (IEW)
        • Design and implement internship-specific project
        • Serve as student liaison on Communication and Networking Internationalization Task Force at Chico State, & give regular reports to Mike and Tasha
      • Public Relations
  • 13. Marketing & Recruitment
  • 14. Marketing & Recruitment
        • Help promote study abroad (including IEW)
        • Sit at Study Abroad Booths on campus and at fairs
        • Give class presentations on your study abroad experience
        • Design and implement special project
        • Plaster campus with promotional posters
        • Hand out & post flyers for special events
        • Write info session blurbs on white boards
        • Come up with creative marketing ideas
        • Serve as student liaison to one of the following Internationalization Task Groups at Chico State: the Advancement/Fundraising group or International Service-Learning and Internships group, and give reports to Mike and Tasha.
  • 15. Special Event Planning
  • 16.
    • Help plan and implement International Education Week
    • Help plan and implement all Study Abroad events (create agenda, set up, meet-and-greet, clean up)
    • Prepare for and work at the pre-departure orientation
    • (meet & greet, trouble-shooting, serve as panelists)
    • Provide support to the Culture, Conversation and Cuisine (CCC) program coordinator and attend events
    • Serve as student liaison to the Integrating International Students task force at Chico State, and report to MorT
    Special Event Planning
  • 17. Peer Advising
  • 18.
    • Conduct weekly office hours in OIE (3 hours/week), advising students in region
    • Attend weekly peer advising workshop
    • Advise outbound students in their region
    • Serve as liaison to Area Studies Coordinator and/or major/minor advisors.
    • Attend the pre-departure orientation
    Peer Advising
  • 19. Peer Adviser Program
    • The Peer Advising program was designed for students who wish to develop life skills in the areas of interpersonal communications, advising, teaching, and psychology.
  • 20. International Mentor Program
    • The International Mentor Program was designed to enable students to further develop their intercultural communication skills while providing support and friendship to international exchange students in Chico.
  • 21.
    • Provide friendship and support to semester or yearlong international student.
        • Grocery and other shopping
        • Fun without alcohol events (i.e. weekly coffee date)
        • Visits to DMV, post office, bookstore, etc.
        • Available via e-mail, Facebook, and phone for ???
        • Help with English language skills when applicable
        • Invite to friends and family when appropriate
    • Attend three International Mentor Events with buddy
    • Attend the pre-departure orientation
    • Serve as student liaison to the Integrating International Students task force at Chico State, and report to MorT
  • 22.