Program Advisor Arcadia Abroad
College of William and Mary
This program provided me with a lot of insight into the field of study abroad, hands-on project work with different teams, a great network to continue a career in study abroad, and experience with recruiting and other student-facing skills. I really enjoyed working with the Council on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) to create materials and update the website so there was more information and transparency for prospective students.
Alysa Wade Gasca
University of Colorado Boulder
I believe the apprentice program helped me with my overall professional career. Being a part of a team and getting remote job experience has helped me gain experience in the work setting. It also helped me grow personally by being a part of a bigger team. To be able to work on my collaboration skills and network with others. With this program, I gained a better sense of independence. Being at home and having to plan all the work trips for myself is something I had never done before. This was my first job out of college, so being able to sharpen my social skills as well as practice work-setting etiquette.
Shannon Peak Bernardo
Director of Academic & Program Excellence Arcadia Abroad
The position set me up for success as a study abroad professional. I particularly loved that I was able to gain exposure to multiple aspects of the field of international education in such a condensed program, which is perfect for those who want the opportunity to break into the field without jumping head first into a full-time position that might not be the right fit.
Strategic Partner Manager, YouTube UK
The program taught me how to project manage, speak to external partners, and ultimately was my first experience "selling" something (rather, developing a skill set that I would later use in sales and business development conversations). On a more personal level, the Apprentice program also gave me a ton of confidence in my ability to travel on my own to accomplish work that needed to be done, something that I still think affects my success in my career today.
Director of Study Abroad & International Exchanges, Haverford College
Gwynedd Mercy University
The Apprentice program and my connections with the Arcadia staff helped to launch my career in study abroad. My participation in the Apprentice program was a huge reason why I was hired for my first position at Haverford. Working for a provider really helped me in my transition to working at a study abroad office. I really enjoyed attending all of the fairs and connecting with students, engaging with study abroad offices at a wide variety of colleges/universities, and event planning for Forum and NAFSA conferences.
Speech-Language Pathology Student
Penn State University
The support I received from my mentors encouraged me to try different roles, work at different schools, and even continue with my education. While I am not working directly in the field anymore, my experiences as an apprentice and in other roles in the field shaped who I am today.
The College of Wooster
I really wanted to enter international education professionally, but without a stepping stone, I was having difficulty seeing the feasibility of that. The Apprentice Program served that purpose exquisitely and will now let me showcase my skills in study abroad tangibly.
I really gained a lot of confidence in myself by learning skills from the Institutional Engagement Team like how to network with other study abroad professionals at fairs, and assisting the Advising and Student Engagement team in managing student application files.
Payroll & Benefits Lead at Mercury Technologies, Inc
I gained further trust in my independence. I moved for this role and was able to make friends, learn the role, travel, and manage my time well. Professionally, I gained an incredible amount of people skills. Talking to students helped cement clear communication skills (both in-person and via phone/email) that I still use in my day-to-day work life. In my tech career, I've facilitated trainings on all kinds of topics- my participation in the program gave me a great base for teaching an audience about a topic.
Marketing Manager Global Education Office, Temple University
The Apprentice Program was the starting point for me in the field of international higher education marketing, which is where I remain today. This program is a really great opportunity to become familiar with the many different aspects of higher education recruiting. From working fairs to doing marketing research to handling inquiries, it checks a lot of boxes for people looking to learn and gain experience.
University Relations Manager, North America at Friends of the Arava Institute
My participation in the Apprentice program definitely gave me an edge in the field for the next step in my career without having to do a master's program immediately. I also learned a lot about being a professional which I had little to no experience with prior.
Liv Rothfuss Elicker
The Apprentice program is such a great way to explore all the various careers within study abroad and can help you break into the field. It helped me secure a full time job in the industry and it taught me a lot about what kind of work I enjoyed and better prepared me to become a confident and collaborative professional.
Senior Project Manager for Arcadia New Zealand
The College of Wooster
I gained a well-rounded skill set that is applicable to international education and beyond. Aside from knowledge of online platforms, I also got an introduction to sales, business travel, relationship management, DEI work, and project management. The most invaluable part of the experience has been building a network within the college and with partner schools.
What does it mean to be an apprentice?
This apprenticeship position is a deep dive into the field of study abroad/international education. After a training period, apprentices work with teams across the organization to gain a breadth of experience and knowledge. These teams include, but are not limited to The Institutional Engagement (IE) team; The Council on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Health, Safety, and Security; Program Advising; Academic Advising; and other committee work. Apprentices gain hands-on experience on most of the current projects Arcadia Abroad is working on, and have the ability to contribute their perspective on student-facing materials.
Who are apprentices?
Apprentices are recent college graduates who have an interest in a career in international education and enthusiasm to help current college students study abroad. Apprentices are willing to travel for work, have a passion for sharing their personal stories of studying abroad with different audiences, are interested in learning new skills, and are excited about building a remote community with colleagues in the US and around the world.
When does the program run?
The program runs for about 8 months from mid-summer to early spring. This time frame allows for the apprentices to experience an entire university enrollment cycle, providing knowledge of the field, experience with a number of different types of partner institutions, and a network of colleagues.
Where do apprentices work?
Apprentices work remotely from a US-based home office, during recruitment season their work will take them to Arcadia Partner Colleges and Universities across the US.