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Initiating a Career Abroad

The Center for Global Education hosted a “Global Futures Panel” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, highlighting opportunities for students to jump-start their careers abroad. The panel  included members of the HWS community who have held positions abroad and staff who work to identify and inform students about grants, internships and programs for continuing studies around the world. A recording of the discussion held in Trinity Hall is available here.

Nationally, the Colleges are ranked for placing students in prestigious postgraduate abroad programs. Hobart and William Smith is a top producer of Fulbright students, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. In 2019, the Peace Corps ranked the Colleges No. 3 among small-schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. Currently, alums are serving in the Dominican Republic, Guinea, Ukraine, Mozambique and more than a dozen other locations.

Hobart and William Smith are also ranked No. 3 in the nation for top study abroad by the Princeton Review.

Panelists included Fellowship Advisor Scott MacPhail, former Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Morocco James Miller, Assistant Professor of Education Audrey Roberson, CGE Programs Operations Manager Amy Teel, and former Peace Corps Volunteer Shanelle France ’11.

France discussed her experience in the Peace Corps, where she worked as a resource teacher for three elementary schools in Lesotho. In addition to leading teacher training sessions, she created an English club, taught Aerobics, and established a library. On campus, France was an African studies major and a member of the Laurel Society.

Associate Director of Health Professions Counseling and Fellowship Advising, MacPhail advises students interested in careers in the health professions and students applying to nationally competitive fellowships. He joined the Colleges in 2010.

At the Colleges, Roberson oversees the Education Department’s TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certifications. In 2017, Roberson worked with the Reading in Sierra Leone (REDiSL) Project to develop training materials for reading teachers of English Language Learners as a consultant for the Canadian non-governmental organization CODE. She also led teacher training workshops in Bo, Sierra Leone. During the panel, Robertson discussed how to start a TEFL or TOEFL certification track at the Colleges.

As the programs operations manager at the Center for Global Education, Teel oversees the day-to-day operations of the Colleges’ many programs abroad. She advises students about which programs are the best fit for their particular majors, skills and long term objectives. Teel has lived and studied in Israel, London, England, and Khartoum, Sudan.

In addition to his position with the Fulbright Commission, Miller was a four-time Fulbright grantee.

In addition to highlighting prestigious fellowship opportunities, graduate programs and careers, panelists discussed opportunities at the Colleges that make candidates competitive in their applications for global programs. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and the Salisbury Center for Career Services.