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Welcome back, CEA CAPA alumni! Thank you for studying abroad with us. We hope you’ve returned with an enhanced résumé, new friendships, unforgettable memories, and most importantly, a broader view of the world.

The best part about being an alumnus? The opportunity to help and support other students go on their own great adventure abroad!

You can also explore re-entry resources and opportunities to connect with our alumni network as you transition back into home life and learn how to reap more benefits from your experience going forward.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Nelson Mandela

CEA CAPA Alumni Ambassador Program

Share Your Experience With Students on Campus

Your study abroad journey doesn’t have to end when your program does. Leverage your experience and enthusiasm for study abroad as a CEA CAPA Alumni Ambassador! Our program gives you the chance to inspire others to embark on their own study abroad adventure.

Our goal is also to help you answer the “what now?” question. We help you better articulate your growth, clarify your career aspirations, and consider your next steps after graduation.

We designed this program around a student schedule: it is flexible and customizable based on your availability, interests, and goals. Make the position your own by developing an outreach plan that best fits your campus and interests!

Become an Alumni Ambassador

What it's Like Being an Ambassador

As a CEA CAPA Alumni Ambassador, you create study abroad awareness in person and via social media, while supporting students through the pre-departure process. You commit for at least one semester, and can continue as long as you’d like!

All outreach must follow guidelines established by your home campus and study abroad office.

Outreach may include:

  • Supporting the study abroad office
  • Presenting to student groups
  • Assisting CEA CAPA representatives during their visit to your campus
  • Create a video or blog for CEA CAPA social media
  • Share your experience on social media
  • Answer student questions through the Ambassador Directory
    Program Benefits

    CEA CAPA’s Alumni Ambassador program gives you the following perks:

    • $300 payment upon completion of the program + additional rewards!
    • Ambassador Go-Again Discount* (Double the alumni rate!)
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Academic credit (if approved at home institution)
    • MIIS Graduate School Scholarship for all former and current ambassadors
    • Career-advising workshops and support
    • Leadership opportunities and professional development
    • Onsite Ambassadorship Program (limited locations available)
      • Student leadership and professional development opportunity for our high-performing Ambassadors to be selected to return to where they studied abroad, support program operations, and help facilitate the study abroad experience for onsite students.
    • Enthusiastic CEA CAPA alumni who want to support prospective study abroad students
    • Hold a minimum of 2.5 GPA (lower averages considered on case-by-case basis)
    • Financially cleared with CEA CAPA

    Contact the CEA CAPA Student Engagement Team for more information:

    Become an Alumni Ambassador

    What to Do Once You’re Home Again

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    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 overseas.

    Here are some ways to facilitate your re-entry process:

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    Interning Abroad - An Experience that Shaped My Career

    August 23, 2023
    by Natalie Burns
    group of professionals at conference

    Exploring the Impact of International Internships on My Professional Path 

    I navigated an international summer internship with CEA CAPA surrounded by unfamiliar faces and customs in Seville, Spain, then topped it off with another month of backpacking through Europe (but that’s a story for another day). It was an immensely challenging but rewarding experience that left me changed for the better, though it took me over a year to find the words to express just how.  

    Streets of Seville, Spain

    When I returned from Europe, I dove directly into my job search while also serving as an active CEA CAPA Alumni Ambassador. I’ve been employed for more than half a year now as a Communications Specialist for a global medical device manufacturing corporation, and not a day goes by that I don’t reference my time studying abroad with CEA CAPA, both in my personal and professional life. As a Communications Specialist, I maintain our internal communications platform and head the review and approval process for all content to be distributed within the corporation so that our divisions remain a united front and can work efficiently towards providing patients with best-in-class solutions. Similarly to how I discovered a need to build up my knowledge of nonprofits and gender inequality in sports, this role demands that I understand the infrastructure and needs of a large corporation, and the medical device industry. It’s taken time and my organizational understanding continues to grow, but I credit my internship abroad experience for instilling in me the tendency to ask why certain processes, systems, and goals are in place.  

    Rooftop walking tour of Seville

    Lessons from Interning Abroad 

    With a greater understanding of the organization, I now spearhead the communications department. Content distributed globally can reach the eyes of more than four thousand employees who are spread across four different continents in minutes. It’s imperative that I maintain a global mindset to ensure that internal communications are considerate of such a wide audience, which means more than just knowing the difference between a U.S. holiday and those celebrated internationally; I must be conscious of overarching differences across various cultures and languages that may affect how content is digested. Moreover, at the granular level, there exists differences in time culture (flexible vs. linear), power distance, and individualism, which have a substantial impact on one’s perception of work ethic or professionalism. After my experience abroad, I find myself more easily able to discern instances of cultural differences in the workplace and to collaborate harmoniously despite them. Above all, I developed an unwavering confidence in myself and my ability to navigate adversity. I feel as though I can be whatever or achieve whatever I put my mind to regardless of tangible references - even if I can’t see it, I can be it.

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    Much like the characteristics and values instilled in me from a young age at soccer practice, the insight I gained from my time interning abroad has and will continue to augment my capability to thrive in all facets of life, from making new friends to facilitating business transactions around the world. For my next adventure, you can find me at Vanderbilt University, where I’ll continue expanding my perception of the world and surely be introduced to a plethora of unique individuals while I pursue my master's in marketing and ultimately, a career in Spain

    Natalie Burns is the Summer 2022 Alumni Ambassador in Seville, Spain, and is currently studying at Vanderbilt University.