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Carissa Williams Murray
Partnership Director – Internships

Based in Atlanta, GA, Carissa works closely with university advisors, faculty and staff to support the exploration and development of career-focused programming that supports CEA’s institutional partners’ student mobility and internationalization goals.

Carissa is a passionate international educator with 14+ years of experience in education abroad. She is enthusiastic about career-focused programming and enjoys collaborating with institutional partners to identify innovative programming that meets the needs of institutions, and helps shape and strengthen their students’ career readiness upon graduation. Before joining CEA in January 2012, Carissa worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout as the Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Coordinator. She was named 'Advisor of the Year,' an award voted on by students. Carissa obtained her Master's Degree in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT and her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Carissa is also a graduate of the NAFSA Academy (Class 10).

Carissa credits her love for travel and curiosity of other countries and cultures to her parents who encouraged her to participate in a German exchange program in high school. Some of Carissa's travels have taken her to Mexico, Canada, Germany, Scotland, Taiwan, Japan, England/Wales, Turkey, India, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Argentina, and Ireland. She one day hopes to visit Russia, South Africa and Fiji (to name a few). When traveling abroad, Carissa reminds students to go with an open mind and positive attitude; the experience is what you make of it!

Carissa served as the Chair for the Lessons from Abroad Conference in Georgia from 2013–2018. Carissa has also presented at GAIE, TAIE, and NAFSA Regional conferences

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • NACE: National Association of Colleges and Employers

EDUCATION

  • MA, International Education – SIT Graduate Institute (VT)
  • BA, Business Administration – University of Wisconsin – River Falls (WI)
  • NAFSA Academy Graduate (Class 10)
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Megan Randall
Career Development Manager

Megan Randall is responsible for managing CEA’s internship coaching and placement process while creating a positive student career development experience. She oversees the Internship Coaching team and works closely with the Enrollment Operations Leadership team and the International Team to execute exemplary career development programming and placement processes that support CEA internship students and partner institutions.

Megan is passionate about providing high quality international internships for students that facilitate their personal, academic, and professional growth, and equip them with the essential career-readiness skills employers seek. She has 10+ years of experience advising, coaching, and teaching students in both international and domestic contexts. Prior to joining CEA, Megan spent 6 years at the University of Utah, first as a Learning Abroad Coordinator then as a Career Coach, where she prepared students to participate in high-impact educational practices including study abroad programs and internships. Megan obtained her Master’s Degree in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Skidmore College.

Growing up in a small rural village in Vermont fostered in Megan an early desire to push herself out of her comfort zone and learn about the world beyond her home state. Megan’s curiosity to travel and learn about different cultures led her to study abroad in South Africa and Mexico, teach English as a Second Language in Tanzania, and do an international internship in Nicaragua. Megan is an enthusiastic lifelong learner. She believes differences make us – and the world – stronger, and that there are always opportunities for us to learn more about ourselves, other people, and the world, no matter where we are!

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • NACE: National Association of Colleges and Employers

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

  • MA, International Education – SIT Graduate Institute – Brattleboro (VT)
  • BA, Sociology – Skidmore College – Saratoga Springs (NY)
  • Certified CliftonStrengths Coach for Individuals, Managers, and Teams – Gallup
  • Certified Professional Coach (in progress) – Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching

HONORS/AWARDS

  • Recipient of the Beacons of Excellence Award from the University of Utah for commitment to providing an exceptional student education
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José Balza
Internship Operations Manager

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, José held different managing and coordinator positions in the Communications and Live Theater industries.

José has worked in education for 8+ years, as Adjunct Professor for Broadcast Production & Operations at his alma mater, and as an English-as-a-Foreign-Language teacher for varying institutions. For 4 years, he lived in Argentina and was part of the in-country CEA 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 CEA Study Center. He also supported course development initiatives and program operations.

José is an avid concertgoer and coffee drinker and enjoys traveling and connecting with people from different backgrounds.

 

 

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Dr. Stina Dufour
Academic Dean of Global Programs

Dr. Stina Dufour joins CEA from the Office of Global Affairs at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. For more than ten years at NYU, Stina held increasingly responsible roles focused on academic affairs and the globalization of higher education. In this role, she was the office's lead contact with the University Registrar and worked closely with faculty from every Steinhardt department to co-create curricula at NYU's study sites and with other international partners.

Stina holds an EdD in Higher Education Administration from NYU with a dissertation titled, “Exploring the Meaning of Education Abroad to Americans: Long-Term Personal Development of Heritage-Seekers.” She also earned an MA in International Education from NYU and a BA in Sociology and Scandinavian Studies from North Park University, Chicago.

Stina entered the field of education abroad in 2009 after living for several formative years in Scandinavia, and studying abroad at Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (Jönköping, Sweden). She is active with NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad. In addition to presenting regularly at regional and national conferences, she served on the planning committee for the 2021 Forum Conference and is authoring a chapter in the 5th edition of NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisors and Administrators.

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Marc Arnas
Senior Internship Manager - Barcelona

Marc is based in Barcelona, Spain, and his role involves supporting students throughout their internship experience as well as maintaining and expanding CEA’s network of host sites in Barcelona. He also provides support to Internship Coordinators across CEA’s destinations for student placement alignment, host site recruitment and retention, and related global initiatives.

Before joining CEA in 2018, Marc held different positions in the Publishing and Localization industries. He has a degree in English from the University of Barcelona and is a certified Secondary Education teacher in Spain. He completed part of Middle School and High School in Rye, New York. While pursuing his degree in Barcelona, Marc was granted a one-year scholarship to study abroad in Kansas.

Marc is passionate about literature, music, cinema, and theatre. He’s an avid and eclectic reader and enjoys playing bass guitar.

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