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TRU Study Abroad Ambassador Awards

A limited number of competitive awards of $2,000 each are available for students who have returned from a TRU approved Study Abroad program at either a bilateral or ISEP partner institution. Ambassadors represent the Study Abroad program and assist Study Abroad staff in the promotion of its value.

Application deadline: Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Application download: Study Abroad Ambassador Award

Successful applicants will have the value of their award credited to their tuition account on a semesterized basis.

Ambassador duties

  • Promoting Study Abroad through outreach activities such as class visits, information sessions, and peer-to-peer support
  • Working with the Study Abroad staff and marketing co-ordinator to develop marketing tools including social media, banners, posters, flyers, and literature
  • Providing information and guidance to interested students and other relevant parties at booths around campus, class visits, desk hours, and other campus and community events
  • Planning and attending Study Abroad events
  • Completing a larger project that benefits and gives back to the Study Abroad program
  • Being part of a smaller Ambassador sub-group that concentrates on a specific objective (i.e. event planning, Study Abroad promotions, presentations, or administrative duties)
  • Attending regular meetings
  • Acting as a point of contact for incoming exchange students
  • Contributing to the development of the Study Abroad Ambassador program by completing surveys and evaluations

Education/experience

  • Must be intending to enrol full-time (minimum nine undergraduate credits per semester) at TRU in an undergraduate program for both fall 2014 and winter 2015 semesters
  • Must have successfully completed a one or two semester Study Abroad approved program at a partner institution in another country
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average at TRU of 2.50
  • Must have a positive record in applying for Study Abroad, including reports and correspondence from the student’s host university

Qualifications

  • Able to commit to 8-10 hours/week in both fall and winter semesters
  • A desire to work with other students, groups on campus, and the community
  • An enthusiasm for sharing the Study Abroad experience
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, written, and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Able to work with minimal supervision, in small groups, or in a team environment
  • Leadership experience and a positive attitude
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office, internet, and social media
  • Project management skills such as organization, attention to detail and event planning
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving abilities

Applicants must

  • Submit the TRU Study Abroad Ambassador application including a written statement of 500 to 1000 words that covers three key concepts: (1) the impact of Study Abroad on the student’s life, (2) why the student feels they are suited to be a Study Abroad Ambassador, and (3) a plan or list of ideas describing what the student will do to promote the concept, benefits, and opportunities available through Study Abroad
  • Attend a two-day ambassador training event scheduled for Aug. 28 and 29 (if selected)
  • Submit a creative piece to illustrate the TRU study abroad experience. The student is invited to choose from a variety of platforms such as: video, Prezi, PowerPoint, photo montage, WordArt,or any other social media tool to share this experience. Please note: this must be submitted before the application deadline by hyperlink, USB, or email to studyabroad@tru.ca

Benefits

  • Financial award
  • Study Abroad training
  • Event planning experience
  • Cross-cultural communication skills
  • Working with individuals around campus
  • Opportunity to share international experiences with others
  • Teamwork skills
  • Project management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Experience for resume
  • The award will be applied as a tuition credit of $1000 in August, with the remaining $1000 applied as a tuition credit in January.
  • We thank everyone for applying however only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews.

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