Community Leadership

Global Experiences is actively involved in NAFSA, The Forum on Education Abroad, the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE), and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to ensure that we keep abreast of best practices related to academic internships and international education. We are also engaged with the Work, Internships, Volunteer, Research Abroad (WIVRA) subcommittee of NAFSA and contribute regularly to the promotion of such programs within the greater study abroad community.

We are proud members of the following associations:

Nafsa
Global Internship Conference
The Forum of Educations Abroad
NSEE

Featured Presentation & Panels

The Institutional Relations team often presents at regional, national, and international conferences.
Below are recent examples of presentations and panels from the team.

  • Forum on Education Abroad Webinar, September 2018. "Practical Expertise #4 – Internships Abroad: Development, Integration, & Execution."
  • NSEE, Savannah, GA, September 2018:  "Shaping Expectations: Best Practices for Advising in International Internships."
  • Global Internship Conference, Detroit, MI, June 2018, "Shaping Expectations: Best Practices for Advising in International Internships."
  • NAFSA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2018, "Model Practices in Managing Internships Abroad: University and Provider Perspectives."
  • Forum, Boston, MA, April 2018. "Shaping Expectations: Best Practices for Advising in International Internships"
  • Global Internship Conference, Santiago, Chile, June 2017, "Fostering Learning Through Employer Relations Best Practices"
  • Global Internship Conference, Santiago, Chile, June 2017, "Building the Bridge: Fostering engaged and continuous learning through holistic programming in international internships"
  • Global Internship Conference, Santiago, Chile, June 2017, "Multi-Stakeholder Accountability in Unpaid Internships"
  • Global Internship Conference, Santiago, Chile, June 2017, "Managing Parent Expectations"
  • NAFSA Region VIII, Philadelphia, PA, November 2016. "Strengths Based Approach to Student and Staff Development."
  • NAFSA Bi-Regional Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2016. "Long Term Career Outcomes of International Internships: A Large Scale Alumni Study."
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit, Washington, DC, October 2016. "Bringing the Right People to the Table: Successful International Internship and Career Readiness Programs."
  • Global Internship Conference, Boston, MA, June 2016. "Managing Parent Expectations: A series of case studies."
  • Global Internship Conference, Boston, MA, June 2016. "Successful Assessment in International Internship Experiences: An examination of the design, best practices and results of two large scale alumni surveys."
  • Global Internship Conference, Boston, MA, June 2016. "The New Study Abroad: Increasing access and affordability of international internships through innovative academic program design."
  • NAFSA Annual Conference, Denver, CO, May 2016. “Long Term Career Outcomes of International Internships: A Large Scale Alumni Study.”
Meet the team

Meet the team

  • Emily Merson, CEO & Co-founder
  • Carri Orrison, Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships
  • Melissa Buerkett, Director of Academic Internships
  • Kelly M. Holland, Associate Director of Institutional Partnerships
  • Kate Ziegelstein, University Programs Coordinator

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