Meet the Team

Our friendly, dedicated, and energetic team.

    Our success – people we employ. Behind any successful organization stands a diverse group of committed people. Our staff of over 30 people spans four continents, five time zones, and 10 cities. Our main U.S. office is located in the historic center of Annapolis, Maryland; we welcome your visit anytime. From our home office we personally connect with all program participants from the initial phone call up until your arrival in your host city. All of the Global Experiences team members have personal experience living and working abroad and are here to pay it forward!

    Emily Merson

    Co-Founder and CEO

    Emily is the Co-Founder and CEO, leading the strategic vision of Global Experiences and focusing on building the world’s leading international internship and career development organization.

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    Jessica Burns

    Director of Operations

    Jessica leads the Global Experiences partner relations around the world including colleges, universities, and employers. She joined Global Experiences in 2009 and has been central to the organization’s expansion.

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    Alex Paisner

    Director of Enrollment

    Alex leads the Global Experiences’ online marketing initiatives and manages the Program Consultant team. Alex is an alumnus of the Global Experiences Dublin program and has been sharing his passion for global internships with Global Experiences since 2009.

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    Emily Oliver

    Director of Program Management

    Emily is responsible for overseeing the Program Advising and Location Coordinator teams to ensure successful delivery of Global Experiences programs in all internship destinations.

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    Melissa Vivian

    Director of Academic Internships

    Melissa manages the development of Global Experiences’ academic internship programs. She facilitates and cultivates relationships and custom programs with university partners around the world.

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    Carri Orrison

    Director of Institutional Partnerships

    Carri Orrison is our Director for Institutional Partnerships and is thrilled to working with Global Experiences. Carri spent 13 years working at the Australian Embassy and NAFSA.

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    Mike Oettel

    Director of Career Development

    Mike oversees Global Experiences’ global network of employer relationships and leads our global placement team. He ensures that each and every young professional that works with Global Experiences has a challenging and substantive internship placement.

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    Chrissie Friedrichsen

    Program Advisor

    Chrissie Friedrichsen is a Program Advisor at Global Experiences and responsible for helping interns prepare for their internship program.  Before moving into this role, she also worked as an Internship Consultant for two and a half years.

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    Harrison Brazier

    Program Advisor

    Harrison is a Program Advisor and native Marylander with an English degree from the University of Maryland in College Park.

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    Michelle Renn

    Internship Program Consultant

    Michelle is a Program Consultant whose love for travel began as a child. While earning her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University she studied abroad on a ship and visited over 13 different countries.

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    Carlie Kidd

    Internship Program Consultant

    An Internship Program Consultant for Global Experiences, Carlie has a passion for traveling, exploring new places, and meeting new people.

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    Liam Paddock

    Internship Program Consultant

    Liam Paddock is a Program Consultant at Global Experiences. He is originally from the UK, and holds a BA and MA from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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    Amy Wilson

    Placement Coordinator

    Amy is a longtime staff member of Global Experiences and works on special projects. She is an avid traveler, whose recent destinations include South Africa and Portugal.

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    Mary Foley

    Account Manager

    Mary Foley is our Human Resources and Accounts Administrator. Mary graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters degree in Business Administration from National University.

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    Manzoor Ahmed

    IT and Web Administrator

    Manzoor is Global Experiences’ IT and Web Developer, having wrapped up his degree at CCBC in Baltimore. Manzoor is originally from Pakistan and has lived there, in New York, Sacramento, and LA before coming to Maryland.

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    Joe Gruendl

    CFO

    Joe is the CFO of Global Experiences, and has been managing the organization’s financial health and long term planning since 2009.

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