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Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship

Was your study abroad program a memorable and rewarding experience?  Want to share that experience and serve as a resource for future College of Charleston study abroad students? Apply for our Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship!

Job Description

The College of Charleston Study Abroad Peer Advisor Internship provides former study abroad students with an organized outlet for discussing and promoting the College’s study abroad offerings. Qualified students must be currently enrolled at College of Charleston and will have previously completed a study abroad program that lasted a minimum of 2 weeks. Students applying for this position must be enthusiastic, flexible, and willing to share their international experience(s) with students interested in studying abroad.

Selected Peer Advisors can expect to work with the CIE staff on a variety of projects, including but not limited to:
 
Marketing
Study Abroad Fairs
Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions
Group Advising Sessions
Admission Events (i.e. Accepted Student Weekend)
Administrative Duties*
Specialized Projects
 
*Administrative duties include, but are not limited to: completing errands on-campus; operating basic office equipment, such as an all-in-one copy workstation; answering phones and interacting with students, parents, faculty/staff, and the general public; filing and cross-checking documents/files; and maintaining databases in Microsoft Excel.

Desired Qualifications

  • Have studied abroad previously on a program approved by CofC; program must have lasted a minimum of two (2) weeks
  • Be a current College of Charleston student in good standing (minimum 2.5 GPA with no disciplinary issues)
  • Must have at least two semesters remaining to degree completion (i.e. graduate no earlier than May 2017)
  • Be enthusiastic and eager to share their international experiences with other students
  • Be able to work 10 hours per week during normal business hours, from start to end of each semester 
  • Have superior attention to detail, time management skills, and self-motivation
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher)
  • Be familiar with current trends in social media platforms

Expectations

  • Superior communication skills via phone, email, and in person
  • Demonstrated experience and comfortable with presenting to large groups
  • Passion for study abroad and promoting study abroad opportunities to other students
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a high-traffic environment while keeping a positive attitude
  • Ability to learn basic advising skills to direct students to appropriate resources before meeting with a study abroad advisor
  • Must be available for weekly team meetings

Outcomes for Internship

Peer Advisors will:

  • Compile portfolios of their work
  • Develop career and life skills
  • Receive mentorship from CofC staff members
  • Build their resume and earn references for future career or graduate school opportunities from CofC staff
  • Create goals based on individual needs

Compensation:

$7.25 per hour. Each student is expected to work 10 hours per week. Selected students will start on August 19, 2016 and will continue in the position to the end of the Spring 2017 term (pending a successful performance review at the end of the Fall 2016 term).

Applications

  • Complete the CIE Peer Advisor Internship Online Application via CougarJobLink in MyCharleston and the supplemental application** attached to it by the deadline of March 21, 2016 at 11:59 P.M.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Final candidates will be contacted for an interview (tentatively scheduled for March 28-April 1, 2016). For applicants currently abroad, Skype interviews will be arranged 

**Please note that you cannot save this form and come back to finish it later.  Therefore, please be prepared to complete the entire online application in one sitting.  In order to prepare for the application, you can refer to this PDF version of the application as a reference.  Only online submissions will be accepted. 

Contact

For more information on the Study Abroad Peer Advisor program, please contact: Gabriela Peschiera, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, Center for International Education.

2015-2016 Peer Advisors

Sarah Cohen

Class Rank: Junior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Art History

Email: cohensf@g.cofc.edu

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Study Abroad Program: CofC Faculty-Led Program - Art History in Italy; Rome, Italy

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

Studying abroad gave me an unparalleled insight into the art and culture of European countries while introducing me to some of my best friends along the way. One can study civilizations for years, but unless you travel and experience them for yourself you will never truly grasp what it means to be a part of that culture. I hope to encourage other students to find a program that suits their studies and financial abilities in order to be able to take their education to a higher level of global understanding- while making some amazing memories along the way.

International Experience:

Prior to my study abroad experiences I had been to London and Mexico on family vacations. My first summer study abroad program took me to Rome, Prato, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, Venice & Capri. The second summer study abroad program allowed me to return to London and to Paris for the first time. Over the same summer I traveled to Copenhagen, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia on a National Geographic Expedition to hike the Slovenian Alps. In the winter of 2015 I will be traveling to Amsterdam, Germany and Switzerland with my family.


Diana Devine

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology and French

Email: devinedm@g.cofc.edu 

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Universite Catholique de Lille - France

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I know how many questions about everything I had when I was getting ready to study abroad, so I figured that now that I've gone through the whole process, it's time to help other people figure out what's going on. 

International Experience:

I spent three weeks in France the summer after I graduated high school, to visit a friend who had stayed with me during the previous year; during spring break my freshman year, I went on an Alternative Spring Break to Costa Rica; and I just got back from a semester in Lille, France, where I got to take weekend trips to visit 13 different countries. 


Ariail Harrison

Olivia LaRussa

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mathematics/French

Email: harrisona@g.cofc.edu 

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Universite Catholique de Lille - France & University of Tartu - Estonia

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I wanted to become a peer advisor because I know how helpful it is to have a student come alongside of an exchange student who is experiencing a lot of new things all at the same time. I also wanted to continue the experience of being around students from a variety of cultures. 

International Experience:

My current list of visited countries is 21 countries from North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The trips varied from service trips to vacations to studying abroad.


Cailin JohnsonHannah Polakowski

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Studies/Asian Studies 

Email: johnsonca1@g.cofc.edu

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Study Abroad Program: CofC Faculty-Led Program - United Kingdom; Affiliate Program - USM London, England;  API Dubrovnik, Croatia; Affiliate Program, USAC Chiang Mai, Thailand

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I became a Peer Advisor because I honestly love hearing about where other students have studied abroad in the past and where they want to go in the future! I think living and learning in another country and culture are so vitally important to a well-rounded education and life experience, so helping someone plan their academic adventure is something I'm really passionate about!

International Experience:

Besides studying abroad twice with a main base in England, I've also traveled to Scotland, Wales, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Croatia.


Jayelon Lasseigne

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Studies

Email: lasseignejk@g.cofc.edu 

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Kansai Gaidai University - Japan

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I had so many questions going through the orientation process that couldn't really be answered because none of the other peer advisors had studied in Asia. I want to help people who might be nervous about or considering going to Asia through College of Charleston, and share how amazing my experience was in Japan!

International Experience:

Japan was my first time out of the country.


Annika Liger

Class Rank: Junior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Anthropology and History

Email: ligerae@g.cofc.edu

Spring 2016 Office Hours:  Thursdays, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Study Abroad Program: Exchange Program, Queen's Univeristy Belfast - United Kingdom

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I wanted to become a peer advisor because I had a truly fantastic time studying abroad and I want to encourage other students to take their own adventures. That being said though, I remember how many questions and worries I had before leaving, and now that I am back, I want to help answer students' questions and make it easier for them to prepare to study abroad.

International Experience:

In addition to studying abroad to Northern Ireland, I have also visited England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Greece, Italy, and France among others. 


Kayleigh RemavichGina Strickland

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Spanish/Political Science 

Email: remavichka@g.cofc.edu 

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Study Abroad Program: CofC Faculty-Led Program - Trujillo, Spain

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

Once starting college, studying abroad was always the one experience I wanted to have and couldn't wait to go abroad. I would love to help others have positive experiences abroad that are truly once in a lifetime. While it’s a great experience, it’s easy to be nervous or anxious before going abroad, I know I was, but it’s also worth every single minute. Because of my recent experience abroad, I remember what it’s like preparing to go abroad and the questions you don’t even know you have until too late. I would be able to help students prepare and help them figure out what to expect before departing.   

International Experience:

My study abroad experience in Trujillo, Spain was actually my first, and only, international experience. I stayed with a host family in Trujillo, Spain for 5 weeks during the summer, while taking two classes with professors and students from the College of Charleston. Staying with a host family was one the most eye opening experiences as you were afforded a glimpse of what the daily culture was really like. We had excursions to other parts of Spain as well. We went south to Andalucía, where we saw the Mezquita (Mosque) of Córdoba, the Alhambra in Granada and the cathedrals in Sevilla. We also spent some time in Madrid stopping in Toledo and Segovia along the way, and saw beautiful Spanish architecture and toured museums. I was able to put the Spanish language, culture and history I had learned in my classes to use. While this has been my only international experience to date, I am looking forward to my next adventure!


Nora Rich

Class Rank: Senior

Major(s)/Minor(s): Spanish

Email: richnr@g.cofc.edu

Spring 2016 Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Study Abroad Program: Affiliate Program - AIFS Granada, Spain

Why did you want to become a peer advisor?

I wanted to become a peer advisor because studying abroad was an incredible experience that changed my life and was one of the best parts of college. I know the process can be intimidating and that not everyone is as sure as I was about studying abroad, so I'd like to be available to help other students who are considering going abroad or are in the process of preparing to do so.

International Experience:

I studied abroad in Granada, Spain for 5 months and while I was there, traveled a number of other countries, including the UK, Italy, Germany, and Morocco. I have also gone on a handful of other family holidays to other countries in Europe, like The Netherlands and France.


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