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Job posting: International education intern

January 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

The international education intern at Beloit College helps support international education at the college by helping to promote study abroad and other off-campus opportunities as well as to integrate international students into the campus and the wider community. The intern lives in a residence hall, is a member of the staff of the Office of International Education, and works closely with multiple areas in the Student Affairs Division (most often with student engagement and leadership, orientation, residence life). The intern has a full-time appointment July 18, 2013 (flexible) through June 14, 2014. 

Specific duties will include:

1.   Reception of visitors to the Office of International Education

  • Answer questions and help students navigate the student resource room and OIE website, and make advising appointments
  • Assist with managing student workers
  • Cover phone reception when needed

2.  In the area of study abroad and domestic off-campus programs:

  • Help promote study abroad and domestic off-campus programs (on-campus advertising, class presentations, outreach in residence halls, and preparation for the off-campus studies fairs)
  • Assist with off-campus advising (holding general information and application sessions, assisting in the International Education resource room, tracking potential applications, assisting with application intake, and processing)
  • Assist in the preparation of students for their off-campus study experience

3.  In the area of international student services:

The primary responsibility is to create shared learning experiences for international and domestic students.

Thus, the intern will:

  • Develop quality relationships with students
  • Create shared learning experiences for international and domestic students
  • Meet regularly with the international and domestic students living on campus
  • Coordinate four to five residential learning activities each semester for students and the campus community
  • Work closely with the RA staff as they develop cultural understanding and sensitivity to intercultural communication challenges among students
  • Serve as one of the advisors to the International Club and as a liaison to other cultural clubs; attend international club activities
  • Assist international students to make a successful transition to the college (preparation of orientation materials, help prepare and facilitate orientation sessions, serve as resource to connect international students to campus services, participate in and assist with RA and OL training, work with Student Engagement and Leadership and other offices/organizations to plan on- and off campus activities)
  • Assist international students to make a successful transition to the U.S. (serve as liaison to the host family program, help coordinate visits to local schools, and other kinds of outreach)
  • Gain a basic understanding of regulatory issues governing the presence of international students in the USA

4.  For the Committee on International Education: 

  • Attends committee meetings, records committee discussions, and drafts meeting summaries for review by the director
  • Provides logistical supports for committee meetings (sets up equipment as needed, organizes refreshments, prepares and distributes meeting materials as needed, takes down equipment, and returns meeting room to order)
  • Helps maintain the committee's Moodle site

5.  In the area of logistical supports for visitors and events:

  • Provides logistical supports for visitors and events (room and hotel reservations, transportation, schedule development, drafting of print information about events, and so on)

Reporting to the director of International Education and working closely with International Education staff members, the intern will participate in the weekly staff meetings of the Office of International Education and its twice per year review and planning sessions. The intern will also participate in monthly Office of Student Affairs meetings and residence life/student engagement and leadership cluster meetings and will meet monthly with the Associate Dean of Students. Additional duties may be assigned.

The intern will communicate with supervisors and appropriate staff on an on-going basis about concerns/campus issues and immediately in the case of critical and/or emergency situations, and will live on campus and give time and assistance to residents as appropriate. The intern is expected to become an active member of the residential community and especially of the community in the hall in which s/he lives.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree is required. A candidate must exhibit the ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff in a sensitive and professional fashion. Experience with study abroad, international students and/or intercultural experience, and the ability to develop quality relationships with students are critical. Excellent facilitation and presentation skills are expected. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) are highly valued. The candidate must be flexible, open to new ideas, able to take initiative on projects, and motivated to learn administrative, organizational, and computer skills.

Remuneration/Benefits: The position begins July 18, 2013 and runs through June 14, 2014. The intern receives an hourly wage and is permitted to take one academic course per semester without charge. Additionally, an apartment in a campus residence hall and meals are provided as a taxable benefit.

Deadline to apply: Feb. 28, 2013 To apply, send by email a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position and reasons for applying, a resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Kathy Landon, Office of International Education, at oie@beloit.edu.

Beloit College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity and urges all interested individuals to apply.

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