Center for International Education
Spring 2008

Marketing your international experience

by Nancy Hoff, University Advising and Career Center

Casey Thomas, dual major in international affairs and anthropology, while studying in Tanzania.
Casey Thomas, dual major in international affairs and anthropology, while studying in Tanzania. Casey was one of three panelists who spoke at this year's program on "Marketing your International Experience."

Studying abroad often prompts a student to pursue a post-graduate work experience abroad. The duration, scope and purpose of such an experience may vary widely, but students can begin to address these issues at an annual seminar co-sponsored by the University Advising and Career Center (UACC) and Center for International Education (CIE). Twenty-eight students attended the March 27th program entitled “Marketing Your International Experience” presented by Nancy Hoff of the UACC and Catherine D’Auteuil of CIE.

At the seminar students were encouraged to think about the skills they developed while on their study abroad (i.e. communicating despite barriers, greater independence, problem solving, adaptability) and how those skills might steer them toward particular careers, both domestic and international. Students also dialogued about what they thought being a “global citizen” and “global worker” meant and how they embodied those titles.

“Marketing Your International Experience” also strives each year to give students resources they can explore to make overseas work a reality. Opportunities showcased included the short-term BUNAC programs available in the UK, Ireland and the US, teaching English as a second language through organizations such as the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), and the Peace Corps. Additionally, a “buffet” of resources was laid out for the students so they could leave with brochures, articles, and website listings with which to continue their research and exploration.

This year’s program concluded with three panelists: Ed Dalton, UNH’s Peace Corps recruiter and former volunteer in Belize; Casey Thomas, graduating student pursuing further study and work in international public health and Vanessa Williams, a senior interviewing for a variety of jobs in international education and travel.