Alumni Benefits

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela
Welcome back CEA alumni! Thank you for going abroad with us – we hope you’ve returned with an enhanced resume, new friendships, unforgettable memories, and most importantly, a broader view of the world.
The best part about being an alumnus? Your study abroad journey doesn’t end. Explore re-entry resources and opportunities to connect with your alumni network as you transition from study abroad and learn ways to leverage your experience.

Leverage Study Abroad

Feeling a bit of reverse culture shock? Don’t worry, it’s completely normal. For many students, this can be more difficult than culture shock experienced when studying abroad. Here are some ways to help facilitate your re-entry process:

Alumni Next Steps

For additional alumni resources, log into your MyCEA Account:

Internships

Make your résumé stand out: participate in an international internship while you study abroad! In today’s competitive job market, employers seek candidates that demonstrate additional skills, such as global and cross-cultural competencies. Not only does international experience show that you’re ready to dive into that job opportunity, it also demonstrates your understanding of globalization and issues that impact the global market. When you obtain an internship, you also enhance your professional network, prove that you’re capable of handling a job placement assignment, and gain work experience that employers value.

Global Career Development Certificate

Want to learn first-hand from an experienced mentor in your profession of interest? CEA’s Global Career Development Certificate (GCDC) matches you with a local mentor who’ll show you what it takes to achieve success in your ideal career path. Grab this opportunity to enhance your awareness of the skills required in your field of interest, learn about the impact of the global market, and expand your professional network.

Service Learning

Impact societal change in a service learning program. This hands-on opportunity offers much more than just a volunteer placement; you’ll test new theories and engage in research that enhances your understanding of relevant local issues. You’ll share your experiences with your peers and your instructor in a weekly seminar. And you’ll become an active part of efforts toward change. CEA’s service learning programs represent an ideal way to earn academic credit while giving back to the local community and positively impacting lives.

Study Abroad (Value of Getting a Job)

Did you know your study abroad experience gives you a competitive advantage? Stand out in a crowd of job-seekers by demonstrating your ability to understand global and cross-cultural competencies and the many factors that influence the global market.

Résumé Builder

Study abroad is an impressive addition to any résumé; many employers value this unique experience when they're searching for culturally and globally competent candidates. To prepare you for the job market, CEA offers Career Development Workshops. In this interactive workshop, we'll help you develop written narratives for future job interviews, enhance your cover letter, and build your résumé so it showcases the knowledge, skills and global and cross-cultural competencies you acquired during your study abroad experience.

CEA Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad journey does not end when your program does. Leverage your experience and enthusiasm for study abroad as a CEA Alumni Ambassador! As an Ambassador, you will create study abroad awareness and act as a resource to prospective study abroad students. You will inspire others to embark on their own study abroad adventure while building your network and professional skills.

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The Alumni Ambassador Program helps you bridge your study abroad program and life back home. It’s a career-development internship opportunity to share your experience with peers, your university, and the study abroad community while building your resume and professional network. Through the program, you will further reflect on your study abroad experience, learn how to better articulate your growth, and determine how to apply it to personal, professional, and academic endeavors.

The program is designed for the student schedule. It is flexible and easily molds to your availability, interests, and goals. The best part? Every Ambassador position and campus is different – you make it your own!

Through the program experience, our goal is to help you answer the “what now?” question. We guide you to determine post-graduation and career aspirations as well as how to leverage your study abroad and Ambassador experience.

Meet our Ambassador crew!

Outreach

As a CEA Ambassador, you will create study abroad awareness on your home campus and via social media, while also supporting students through the pre-departure process. Make the position your own by developing an outreach plan that best fits your campus and interests! All outreach must follow any guidelines established by your 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 their visit to your campus
CEA Social Media

Resources

As an Ambassador, you will receive promotional materials and resources including:

  • Training
  • Ambassador t-shirt
  • CEA catalogs and handouts
  • Promotional templates
  • Social media material
  • Support from:
    • CEA Alumni Relations and campus representative
    • Campus study abroad office

Program Benefits

Learn your potential as a CEA Alumni Ambassador. We provide career-development benefits, designed to help Ambassadors translate their study abroad and Ambassador 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 at home institution)
  • Study abroad alumni returnee conference coverage (like Lessons From Abroad)
  • Career-advising workshops and support
  • Ambassador Go-Abroad-Again discount (Double the alumni rate!)
  • Outstanding performance awards
  • Network of professional contacts and references
  • Leadership opportunities and professional development
  • On-Site Ambassadorship Program (limited locations available)
    • Student leadership and professional-development opportunity for our top-performing Ambassadors to be 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

Translating the Ambassador experience: Where are they now?

Did you know?
  • Five Ambassadors were hired in CEA Enrollment, Marketing, and Alumni Relations
  • Ten On-Site Ambassadors completed the program in Alicante, San Jose, Paris, London, Prague and Barcelona
  • 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 teaching English, au pair, travel, and graduate school opportunities abroad post-graduation. Check out the Life After Graduation blog
  • Ambassadors leveraged their experience for careers in fields like sales, marketing, PR, international education, and international business

Meet our Ambassador crew

Hear their testimonials:
  • Straight from the source: Check out what it means to be an Ambassador

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I loved every minute of it. The teachers were experts in their field and shared their experiences with the class. The classes were small and teachers got to know and took an interest in each student.

Reed Heller
University of Arizona,
Fall 2015, Barcelona, Spain

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