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CEA CAPA Internship Programs Leadership Directory

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Internship Programs Leadership Team

Craig Kench
Senior Vice President of Global Career and Internship Programs
Based in London, Craig is responsible for the strategic growth, development, implementation, and quality assurance of career and internship programs across all of CEA CAPA's global destinations. Since joining the organization in 2011, Craig has created a network of over 2,000 internship partners across the globe and created diverse experiential frameworks that have served over 500 U.S. institutions. Craig oversees the delivery of CEA CAPA services to maximize our students' personal and professional development and growth of employer related skills and competencies. Craig is an active member of the international higher education community and regularly presents at conferences and writes publications for the field. 

Prior to joining CEA CAPA, Craig managed educational facilities around the London area, worked for the UK government, and spent 10 years working and studying in the U.S. He holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Walsh University. Craig is originally from Gibraltar, raised in England, and is a former professional football (soccer) player. Learn more about Craig's leadership and the Global Internship Program in this overview video.
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Darren Kelly, PhD
Academic Director, Career & Internship Programs

A Dublin native, Dr. Darren Kelly holds a BA in English and Geography and a PhD in Cultural Geography from St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. He developed and currently lectures on the Postgraduate Diploma in Further Education at Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to lecturing, Darren worked in a range of community development and educational organizations in Dublin and travelled extensively. His interest in study abroad began at age 17 when he spent a high school year abroad in Oxford, Ohio. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence in 2007-2008 at Beloit College, Wisconsin. Over the past 10 years, Darren has increasingly focused his work (teaching, consulting, and publishing) in the area of linking academic theory and field studies in international education and study abroad. During his time with CEA CAPA, he has developed a research interest in the area of intercultural intelligence and self-reflection as related to students’ personal and professional development.

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Katie Lander
Director of Global Career & Internship Programs
Katie has had the pleasure of working across the higher education sector within the UK for the last 10 years, covering careers and employability for UK students and internships for international students as part of both graduate employability and study abroad. Having spent a large part of her career working with US institutions and students in London she can’t wait to join the team at this exciting time and jump fully back into international education. In her spare time you will find her reading a good (or bad!) book, going to theatre shows, hiking in the Chilterns, or surfing in North Cornwall! 
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Megan Randall
Director of US Career Development and Internship Programs

As the Director of US Career Development and Internship Programs, Megan manages and supports the team of US-based Career Coaches and leads the pre-departure career coaching and placement processes for students participating in any Global Internship, Business Consulting, Community-Based Global Learning, or Research Placement program. Additionally, Megan draws on her extensive career coaching background to design and integrate innovative career readiness programming and curricula into all stages of a student’s program (before, during, and after) across all CEA CAPA program types. Megan applies a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) lens and employs career development trends and best practices to inform her work, with the goal of making CEA CAPA the preferred provider for the career development of students within the field of education abroad. Megan has studied, interned, researched, and volunteered abroad in Africa and Central America, and has 12+ years’ experience advising and coaching students on their personal, professional, academic, intercultural, and career development. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Skidmore College. She is a NACE-Certified Career Coach, Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, and is in the process of becoming an ICF-accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC).


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José Balza
Operations Manager, Career & Internship Programs

José Balza is responsible for providing oversight of the operational and delivery components of CEA CAPA internships globally, with a focus on constant process improvements and optimizations. He plays a vital role in continuously improving the quality of the student experience, as well as identifying gaps and efficiencies in each component of the CEA CAPA internship program experience: application process, career coaching and placement process, internship delivery, and assessment and reporting. José has a BA in Communication from Arturo Michelena University in his home country Venezuela and is a TEFL certified instructor from the Hunter College of the City University of New York. Before joining CEA CAPA, José held different manager and coordinator positions in the Communications and Live Theater industries. José has worked in education for 10+ years, as Adjunct Professor for Broadcast Production & Operations at his alma mater, and as an EFL teacher for varying institutions. For 4 years, he lived in Argentina and was part of the in-country CEA CAPA Buenos Aires team, where he developed a substantial network of internship partners, coached students through their study & internship abroad journey, and coordinated experiential learning activities integral to the academic curricula of the Study Center. He also supported course development initiatives and program operations. José is an avid concertgoer and coffee drinker; he enjoys traveling and connecting with people from different backgrounds.

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