After returning from my program, I realized how much I had fallen in love with education abroad and I wanted to stay involved with it in any way possible. That passion led me to apply to become an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador (also known as EAPA). The EAPA program is a semester-long academic internship during which you earn either 2 or 3 credit hours. Throughout the semester, you build and develop professional skills while furthering your knowledge and love for Education Abroad (and not to mention, have a lot of fun!)
During the EAPA internship, you are responsible for completing a certain number of hours (depending on how many credit hours you are receiving). A portion of your hours will be completed in the Resource Center advising students. These advising sessions are informal and are to help answer general questions students may have about study abroad and to help get their journey started! Hours are also completed through classroom presentations, Education Abroad Fairs, etc. You will also work on a task team of your choosing: social media, blog, or outreach. This program allows you to develop relationships with fellow EAPAs and Education Abroad staff, as well as students and administrators on campus, so take advantage of it!
In order to be an EAPA, you must hold at least sophomore status with a 2.5 or above GPA and have previously studied abroad. Other important qualifications are to have strong written and verbal communication skills, be confident in public speaking, and, most importantly, have a positive attitude! The program is open to students from all academic backgrounds.
I have absolutely loved being an EAPA this semester (not just because I got free shirts, but that was a plus) because I developed meaningful relationships with other EAPAs and Education Abroad staff, improved my public speaking and written communication skills, and gained a lot of knowledge about Education Abroad that has sparked my interest in the possibility of a career in International Education. My favorite part of the internship was definitely being able to help prospective education abroad students figure out which program might be a good fit for them and help them start the process.
If you are interested in applying (which you totally should because it’s an awesome internship and experience), you can find the application here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 4th at 5:00pm.
Bailey Babcock is a sophomore studying Integrated Strategic Communication/Business. She participated in the UK Consortia program CCSA London Winter in December 2015.