internship programs Team
Cynthia Engel, MA
Cynthia Engel oversees and manages CEA’s internship abroad programs. Her primary focus is ensuring that students are able to engage in an academically rigorous and quality pre-professional experience that will inform their professional pathways upon graduation. She works hand-in-hand with CEA’s academic team and CEA Study Center staff to cultivate internship placements and academic programming that support students’ integration in their field-based experiences abroad. She also works closely with CEA’s enrollment, university relations, and marketing teams to build awareness of CEA’s internship programs, obtain university approvals, and align CEA’s internship model with student and university needs.
Cynthia comes to CEA with 18+ years in international education, including eight years directly related to internship program management and development in Europe, Central Asia, and Oceania. After completing a master’s degree in Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) from the University of Minnesota in 2000, Cynthia was fortunate to be a part of a team tasked with building the student development and international programs components of a new branch campus of a major research university. From there, she turned her focus to developing academically rigorous international internships as part of a university consortium in the Western U.S. After 16 years in the field, she chose to take a break from higher education to gain some experience in the dynamic and fast-paced world of start-ups as a strategic communication and program development consultant. Cynthia’s passion for the remarkable learning and growth that can come from well-facilitated international experiences brought her back to international education and to CEA.
Cynthia worked and studied for several years in France and worked for a year in Japan, as well as throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has travelled extensively throughout SE Asia, West Africa, Western Europe, and South America, and she speaks French at a non-native level of fluency. Cynthia’s passion for travel and the field of international education is born from a belief that if we continually seek to understand and honor others, we are better able to understand ourselves and then recognize the interconnectedness of each of us in the process. She believes creating opportunities to experience the world in new ways is one of the best pathways to truly internalizing a respect for the diversity of lenses through which we all perceive and interact with each other.
Sadi Foltz oversees and manages the integrity and efficiency of the internship placement process for all signature CEA Internships Abroad programs. Her primary focus is to ensure CEA delivers on our promise to students and university partners. She works hand-in-hand with CEA’s domestic and international internship teams to cultivate an engaging education experience for all internship students throughout the pre-departure process.
Sadi hails from Washington, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing Management. She earned her minor in Spanish Language & Literature while studying and volunteering abroad in Seville, Spain. Sadi is a NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) certified career coach and has earned a certificate in education abroad advising. In addition to her career and education abroad experience, Sadi also contributes project management and marketing knowledge to CEA to support the development of CEA Internships Abroad.
She has travelled, volunteered, and studied throughout Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America, and she speaks conversationally in Spanish. Sadi’s passion for immersive travel experiences led her to the field of international education. She believes in creating meaningful opportunities that help us understand and support others, which is increasingly important as the world continues to become more interconnected.
NACE: National Association of Colleges & Employers
BS, Business Administration, Marketing Management, Central Washington University
NACE Orientation to Coaching Certificate (2018)
NAFSA Education Abroad Advising Certificate (2019)
Project Management Certificate, University of Washington (2019)
As an Internship Coach, Christine’s main focus is to prepare prospective internship students for their experience abroad. Through interview coaching, résumé and cover letter reviewing, and goal-setting, she works closely with the International Placement Coordinators to align students internship placements with their goals and interests, while appropriately setting expectations for their life abroad. Christine comes to the Internships Abroad team with over four years of experience within CEA-first as an Admissions Counselor and then, more recently, as a Site Specialist, helping students to prepare logistically and culturally for their upcoming study abroad experiences. She completed her undergraduate degree in International studies with a concentration in Africa and minor in Sociology from the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC. Her study abroad experience took to spend a semester in Meknes, Morocco, but not before living in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire for two years. She has travelled, volunteered and studied throughout Europe, Africa, and Central America and looks forward to expanding her horizons even further.
Christine grew up in a multi-lingual household, and is fluent in the Moroccan dialect of Arabic (Darija). After studying abroad, Christine dove head-first into international education by volunteering and interning at her study abroad office, which then brought her to CEA post-graduation. She believes in fostering students passion for travel and career development and is deeply invested in helping students to become more global citizens.
Ashley is joining CEA and the Internships Abroad team with over six year of experience in higher education administration at universities like University of Colorado-Boulder, Southern Illinois University, and most recently Arizona State University, where she primarily focused on student and leadership development. Ashley received her B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Criminal Justice at California Lutheran University, and her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Cal State Fullerton. She had the opportunity to circumnavigate the world by ship on Semester at Sea, visiting Spain, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Vietnam, China, and Japan. She also spent significant time in Mexico when she was growing up. Ashley is committed to visiting at least one country a year where she can immerse herself in the culture and has made that a priority since finishing graduate school.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys playing with her new puppy Letty. She’s a die-hard Los Angeles Dodgers fan, participates in competitive women’s kickball tournaments, and loves hiking, camping, and the great game of pickleball.