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"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." Nelson Mandela

The post-study abroad re-entry process can be challenging. We strive to provide our alumni the resources to continue the study abroad journey. Our programming provides alumni opportunities to help alleviate reverse culture shock, connect with their alumni network, and discover ways to leverage their study abroad experience.

Re-Entry

Leveraging Study Abroad

CEA helps facilitate the re-entry process for alumni through resources including:

Career Development

Internships

In an increasingly interconnected global labor market, employers seek candidates with experience in diverse, multicultural environments. The ability to engage and communicate across cultures enables job seekers to navigate the job market and a constantly evolving workplace. By participating in a CEA internship abroad, students gain hands-on experience, an understanding of factors that impact the host city, an enhanced awareness of workplace culture, and increased global competence. Along with their internship placement, students engage in experiential learning opportunities that include applying, observing, reflecting upon, and generalizing their experiences under supervision. Students also participate in a weekly seminar that incorporates a combination of online and in-class components such as lectures, discussions, cultural encounters, interactive examples, online discussion boards, webcasts, group exercises, documentary films, and outside readings. Obtaining an internship is more than just securing a job; students embed into local culture while enhancing their cross-cultural and business skills.

Global Career Development Certificate

CEA’s Global Career Development Certificate (GCDC) offer students the opportunity to expand their pre-professional experience by connecting with mentors in their field of interest. Participating in this mentorship program enhances students’ résumé by helping them develop a career path while practicing skills that many employers value.

The GCDC incorporates a 1-credit seminar, designed to guide exploration into a career field of interest and engage students in learning about career development and global competency. In the mentorship component of the program, students are matched with a local professional who works in an industry aligned with students’ majors. Mentors have extensive experience and come from a variety of backgrounds, in areas such as:

  • Non-profit organization director
  • Photojournalist
  • Government worker
  • School psychologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Journalist specialized in global politics
  • Actor and producer
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Fashion design

Students enhance their self-awareness by assessing the skills necessary for their desired career path, reflecting on personal attributes, evaluating career opportunities, and increasing their global competency. GCDC participants learn to articulate their study abroad experience through career and professional development opportunities.

Service Learning

CEA service learning is more than just a volunteer opportunity. Our service learning programs allow students to become part of the solution to issues that face society through active contribution to the ongoing search for effective responses to endemic problems. As the world grows increasingly globalized, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and governments need people who adapt and excel when faced with challenges associated with working overseas. Service learning requires regular and intensive intercultural engagement with populations participants may not typically encounter as a visiting student, thus providing a unique opportunity to gain the socio-cultural and research skills employers value. Students participate in volunteer work at a community-based organization while simultaneously pursuing theoretical coursework and independent sociological research related to their service learning placement.

Career Development & Re-Entry Workshop

CEA Career Development & Re-Entry Workshops help students reflect on their study abroad experience and share their feedback with peers and academic staff. The workshops’ goal is to catalyze critical thinking about the competencies students have acquired through their study abroad experience, and facilitate students’ articulation of these experiences within a professional framework.

Students who study abroad enhance:

  • Cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication
  • Inter- and intra-personal effectiveness skills
  • Global competency and diversity appreciation
  • Factors impacting globalization
  • Personal growth & development
  • Professional networks

Résumé Builder

As part of CEA’s Career Development initiative, students develop written narratives for future job interviews, enhance their cover letters, and build their résumés to incorporate the knowledge and skills acquired abroad, as well as to showcase global and cross-cultural competencies. A study abroad experience is an impressive addition to any résumé; we help students promote this unique experience that many employers value when selecting globally competent candidates.

CEA Alumni Ambassador Program

CEA Alumni Ambassadors leverage their experience to create study abroad awareness and support prospective students. They inspire peers to embark on their own study abroad journey while building their professional skills and network.

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The Alumni Ambassador Program helps students bridge their study abroad program and life back home. This career-development internship provides Ambassadors the opportunity to share their abroad experience with peers, their home institution, and the study abroad community. Through the program, Ambassadors further reflect on their study abroad experience, learn how to better articulate their growth, and determine how to apply their experiences to personal, professional, and academic endeavors.

Meet our Ambassador team and learn about their program experience.

Outreach

CEA Ambassadors boost study abroad awareness on their home campus and via social media, while supporting prospective students through the pre-departure process. Through program training and resources, Ambassadors develop an outreach plan that best fits their campus and interests, all within guidelines established by the home campus and study abroad office. Outreach may include:

On-Campus

  • Supporting the study abroad office
  • Presenting to student groups
  • Tabling or flyering
  • School media
  • Assisting CEA representatives during campus visits

CEA Social Media

Program Benefits

The CEA Alumni Ambassador program helps students learn their potential. We provide career-development benefits, designed to help Ambassadors translate their experience to future aspirations. We focus on guiding Ambassadors as they answer the "what now?" question: discovering professional opportunities and leveraging their growth.

Benefits include:

  • Letter of recommendation
  • Academic credit (if approved by the home institution)
  • Study abroad alumni returnee conference coverage (like Lessons From Abroad)
  • Career-advising workshops & support
  • Ambassador Go-Abroad-Again discount (double the alumni rate)
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Network of professional contacts & references
  • Leadership opportunities & professional development
  • On-Site Ambassadorship Program (limited locations available)
    • This student leadership and professional-development opportunity allows our top-performing Ambassadors to get first-hand experience, behind the scenes of International Education. In this program, On-Site Ambassadors are selected to return to where they studied abroad, support program operations, and help facilitate the study abroad experience for on-site students.

Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic CEA alumni who focus on supporting prospective study abroad students
  • Hold a minimum of 2.5 GPA (lower averages considered on case-by-case basis)
  • Financially cleared with CEA

CEA Alumni Relations Team

Translating the Ambassador experience: Where are they now?

  • Five Ambassadors hired in CEA Enrollment, Marketing, and Alumni Relations departments
  • 10 On-Site Ambassadors completed the program since the launch in 2014
  • CEA sponsored almost 50 Ambassadors' attendance to professional industry conferences like Lessons From Abroad and NAFSA
  • Over 20 Ambassadors received academic credit for the program through their home institution
  • Through their CEA network, Ambassadors secured international work, travel, and graduate school opportunities post-graduation
  • Ambassadors leveraged their experience for careers in fields like sales, marketing, PR, international education, and international business
WHAT OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS SAY

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The CEA representatives I worked with were knowledgeable, personable, and responsive to my questions and concerns as we planned together.

Dr. Rebecca Wines , Assistant Professor of French
Cornell College

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