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AIFS Alumni Ambassador Program
Did you enjoy studying abroad with AIFS? Do you want to share your study abroad experiences with other students on campus and online? The AIFS Alumni Ambassador program is a professional development program designed to allow a limited number of exceptional AIFS alumni the opportunity to promote studying abroad on their campus, develop skills relevant to their career aspirations, and share their experience with interested students. Currently less than 10% of the US college population studies abroad, so there is a lot of room for growth. As an Alumni Ambassador, your primary responsibility is to help spread the word about studying abroad at your university.
What are the responsibilities?
Alumni Ambassadors play an important role, but you won't be going it alone! You will be provided with a helpful toolkit filled with resources as well as support from the AIFS Alumni Team and the AIFS representative for your campus.
- Attend the AIFS Alumni Ambassador training August 7-9, 2016 at the AIFS headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut – your travel expenses will be paid by AIFS
- Dedicate at least 10 hours per month to completing designated activities
- Become familiar with all AIFS programs (not just the one you studied on)
- Connect with your campus study abroad office to determine how you can be most helpful to them
- Work with the Alumni Team and your campus representative to develop a plan of action for the school year
- Assist interested students and AIFS applicants on your campus
- Report your activities to the Alumni Team on a monthly basis
- Participate in professional development training on topics including: how to market your international experience, job interviewing techniques, and learning how to go abroad again
Why should I apply?
- Be a part of globalizing your campus
- Relive your time abroad by sharing with other students and writing about your study abroad experience
- Opportunity to share your experience in multiple formats (we welcome and encourage blogs, photos, videos, social media activities, and much more. Be creative!)
- Learn how to market your study abroad experience in your professional life
- Individual résumé and LinkedIn profile review
- Letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program
- Direct support from the AIFS Alumni Team and AIFS staff around the U.S. One $500 travel voucher upon successful completion of the program
- Exceptional performance will be recognized with an opportunity to attend NAFSA Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
- Expenses-paid training in Stamford, Connecticut
Training will include such topics as:
- How to successfully promote study abroad on your home campus
- Event hosting tips and assisting your college or university's International Office
- Social Media best practices – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Blogging, etc.
- Translating your study abroad experience: how to go beyond "it was amazing!"
- The impact and added value of study abroad for career development<
Training will be held in early Augst. AIFS will provide you with a round-trip flight from your nearest major airport to New York; transportation between the airport, hotel, and AIFS Headquarters in Stamford, CT; two nights' accommodation in a local hotel room shared with another Alumni Ambassador; and most meals.
How do I apply?
Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now open. First, you must complete the online application. Once your application is submitted, please email a cover letter indicating why you want to be an Alumni Ambassador, your professional resume (Word or pdf formats accepted) and a favorite photo from your study abroad experience to email@example.com. May 1 is the priority deadline, but we will accept applications through May 15, 2016 All applicants will find out by June 15 if they have been selected for the program. If you have any questions, please email the Alumni Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.