International Ambassadors serve an integral role at the ISSO’s New International Student Orientation Program. As student leaders, they welcome new international students and serve as student mentors, helping them to feel comfortable while adjusting to life at Towson University. This competitive position requires leadership skills including organization, public speaking, and the ability to communicate effectively with students from around the world. Duties include welcoming new students and conducting information sessions, being in touch with your group to answer general questions before, during and after Orientation, and planning and participating in events and Orientation activities on and off campus.
1. How do you become an International Ambassador?
Fill out an application here. Once your application has been reviewed and the International Student and Scholar Office believes you to be a strong candidate for the position, you will conduct an interview with a TU staff member. If offered the position, you must participate in a training program before assuming your role as International Ambassador.
2. Should you apply?
Are you an engaged and outgoing Towson University student who is positively passionate about TU and knowledgeable about all of the resources it has to offer? Are you interested in sharing your own powerful experience with others? If so, we are waiting for your application! Due to conflicting time-constraints with other job responsibilities, Resident Assistants, Student Ambassadors, and Orientation Leaders should not apply for the International Ambassador Program.
3. Are there any restrictions?
Applicants must have completed at least one semester at Towson University AND be in good academic standing. This position is open to students of any nationality.
4. Why become an International Ambassador?
Becoming an International Ambassador is a wonderful way to meet other enthusiastic TU students, to sharpen your communication skills with students from different backgrounds, to practice public speaking, and to have a meaningful influence on a new student’s first experiences at Towson, and for some, the first experience on a campus in the United States. Wouldn’t this look awfully good on your resume? Finally, International Ambassadors are paid an hourly wage for their hard work (typically 25-30 hours, including mandatory training) during International Orientation.
• Application Deadline:
Monday, November 24, 2014 by noon.
December 2-5, 2014
• Mandatory Ambassador Meeting:
December 9, 2014
• Mandatory Ambassador Training
January 15 and 16
• New International Student Orientation:
Friday, January 23, 2015
• Ambassadors must be available mornings, afternoons, and some evenings during the week of International Orientation (January 18 – 23).
Why do you wish to take part in the ambassador program?
What are some of the major challenges new international students will face during their first semester?
Focus on one of these challenges and design a program to help new international students overcome it. Identify the challenge and briefly describe the program and how it could be implemented.
Try to remember when you went through orientation as a new student. What was your most memorable experience? What was not included in your orientation program that would have been most useful?
Please list any hobbies, interests, and/or involvement in extra-curricular and community activities. (Please be as detailed as possible, including year(s) of involvement and responsibilities, identifying leadership roles, if applicable.)
to print the application.
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