Skype Info Session

Skype Information Session with Alumna Lauren Bradley

Non-IA Campus Event Reflection

12 September 2019, 11am-12pm, Denney Hall

I decided to attend this event when I received an email about an opportunity to Skype with an Ohio State graduate who works for the U.S. Department of State.  It caught my eye because this alumna received her degree from in International Studies, which is my current major, and because she works abroad as a Foreign Service Office Manager.  As someone who has considered the idea of working in an Embassy, I was interested to hear from someone who has experienced this first-hand.

Lauren currently works in Lilongwe, Malawi, but she has worked in a very diverse collection of countries from Barbados to Poland to Tanzania.  She described not only her own job, but also the eight major categories of specialist jobs in an embassy, which was very informative.  The most intriguing thing to me about life in an embassy was how one can never really know what the day will look like because new and unexpected situations often arise.  An ability to adapt and find creative solutions is crucial.  This appeals to me because it means this is a job that both keeps things interesting and fits what I consider to be some of my strengths.  However, Lauren also discussed some of the difficulties and complications that come with a job in which you have to move every few years and  sometimes to posts that lack the amenities we take for granted here in the United States.  Overall, this event offered valuable insight into a career I may choose to pursue in the future.

International Internships Panel

Navigating Job Fairs & Landing an International Internship- A Panel

Professional Development Event Reflection

9 September 2019, 7pm-8pm, Smith-Steeb Hall

I attended this event with several friends who live on my floor.  The panel was made up of four current students who have done international internships- one in Portugal, one in France, one in Canada, and one for the Office of Central European Affairs within the State Department in Washington D.C.  It was interesting to see the variance in their different internships across different disciplines.  While the main focus of their tasks were not necessarily in international affairs, each felt that simply being abroad added immensely to the experience.

The panel discussed several logistical aspects of their internships, including how they funded their internship, found housing and food, and how they made connections that landed them their internship.  As a new student, still trying to figure out how to navigate the wide range of opportunities here at Ohio State, it was useful to hear about some of the offices and routes I can go through when I want to pursue my own international internship.  It also helped me to realize the importance of networking, because you never know what a connection may lead to down the road.

Overall, it was interesting to hear about both the logistics of doing an international internship, as well as the personal growth each member of the panel described as a result of working in a different country.  The panel sparked a greater desire to pursue my own international internship at some point in my time here at Ohio State.

Year in Review

[ “Year in Review”  is where you should reflect on the past year and show how you have evolved as a person and as a student.  You may want to focus on your growth in a particular area (as a leader, scholar, researcher, etc.) or you may want to talk about your overall experience over the past year.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

  • Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc.
  • Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
  • Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
  • Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
  • Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

Artifacts

[Artifacts are the items you consider to be representative of your academic interests and achievements. For each entry, include both an artifact and a detailed annotation.  An annotation includes both a description of the artifact and a reflection on why it is important to you, what you learned, and what it means for your next steps.  For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

[Your “About Me” is a brief biographical statement that might include your intended major, your academic interests, your goals, as well as the things that make you unique.  Definitely include a picture! Also, remember that you can always update this post at any point. For more guidance on using your ePortfolio, including questions and prompts that will help you get started, please visit the Honors & Scholars ePortfolio course in Carmen. To get answers to specific questions, please email eportfolio@osu.edu. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]