At CEA, the safety, well-being, and academic success of students are our highest priorities. Because students must keep themselves healthy and safe to enjoy their experience abroad, achieve academic success, and reach their goals, CEA provides expert advice and 24/7 support. With expertise in student development, risk assessment, and wellness, CEA Student Affairs supports the holistic student experience from pre-departure to re-entry.
We understand that many may be unfamiliar with the study or intern abroad experience and may have feelings of concern. Knowing that, CEA Student Affairs engages directly with students and emergency contacts during the time abroad and works with University Study Abroad Offices to communicate critical student updates.
When a concern arises, CEA follows a 4-step Student Emergency Protocol, which students learn about in pre-departure webinars, via emails, through blog posts, and during on-site orientation. Under these conditions, CEA Student Affairs contacts students, emergency contacts, faculty, and staff and provides clear instructions like these:
We have enacted our Emergency Response Protocols; steps are being taken to confirm the safety of all students. CEA will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates as they are available.
CEA has contacted all students and has instructed them to:
Thank you for your patience as we account for any impacted students.
CEA has highly skilled and dedicated teams that support our students while abroad. As we have supportive staff at all sites, knowledgeable faculty, and emergency phone support, CEA has excellent response and expertise in resolving issues.
While it is every student’s responsibility to keep themselves safe and avoid risky behaviors, CEA supports students through:
In addition to the support CEA Student Affairs provides, we also encourage you to follow the advice and updates from these travel support resources:
CEA Student Affairs builds relationships with CEA staff, students, emergency contacts, and universities to achieve transparency and promote growth. Please reach out to your University Regional Director with any questions.
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series on the CEA Internships Abroad program. Over the next few months, we will explore how this dynamic program provides meaningful, pre-professional experiences to students, one personalized internship at a time.
“Throughout a very personalized and attentive process with CEA, I interviewed and was offered three different internships with various financial and statistical- related companies. My major is very specialized and the entire CEA team worked hard to find internships for me that would engage me and challenge me.” —a recent CEA intern
Because students need a program that supports their individualized career development, CEA follows a qualitative and personalized placement process. Helping students set realistic expectations, CEA assesses career interests, skills, and capabilities and then creates meaningful pre-professional experiences.
Guided in part by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) career readiness competencies, the CEA Internships Abroad team places a high priority on working directly with students throughout the placement process to define strengths and areas of growth.
With students, the CEA Internships Abroad team identifies:
After targeting key areas for growth, the CEA Internships Abroad teaches students about the role they will play and the qualities that help maximize success:
Having identified career interests and goals and having helped students understand the role of an intern, the team searches for the right placement, one that supports students while helping them develop the skills and qualities employers seek.
The CEA Internships Abroad team actively seeks companies that give students the opportunities, skills, and optimal growth experiences that will help prepare them for the global marketplace.
To provide the best learning experience, CEA Internships Abroad focuses on Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises. Why? Because internship placements in small- and medium-sized companies allow students to:
For more about the CEA Internships Abroad program, visit the CEA website or contact your University Relations Regional Director for more information.
Spring 2018 Internship applications are still being accepted through October 15. Please note: There will be no extensions of the October 15 deadline. As applications are accepted on a rolling basis and as some placements fill quickly, please encourage students to apply early. Unlike CEA Study Abroad programs, a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter are required to complete the CEA Internships Abroad application.
Next month: Is a student ready for an internship abroad? In September’s newsletter, we’ll discuss the traits, goals, and skills of successful internship abroad candidates and how assessing a student’s readiness is an important step in the CEA Internships Abroad process.
It has been a privilege to work with you, our university partners, for the past 20 years. Together, we’ve achieved common goals and provided exciting and challenging study and internship abroad opportunities for students. Now that we’ve reached our 20th-Anniversary milestone, we want to share your stories and hear about the impact our partnership has had on you, your university, and your students.
“When MSU found CEA it was strictly to partner for semester opportunities in France. Over time, however, we found that CEA could fill academic gaps that our other partnerships couldn't. Over time that expanded beyond academic gaps to financial gaps. Our university, located in the Delta Region, is home to incredible students who need financial support to be able to fulfill their personal and academic dreams of study abroad. CEA, and particularly Larry, Regional Director, University Relations | Mid-Atlantic, saw that when he visited campus and he took steps to provide support for us in ways that other partnerships couldn't match. Back in 2002 it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship built on popcorn from the NAFSA expo hall but all these years later working with CEA still feels like working with friends who care about us.” - Melanie Mcallon Seib, Director of Education Abroad, Murray State University
So, please follow this link and share your partner story with us. You’ll find a quick and easy-to-complete form. We’d very much appreciate hearing from you!
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