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Global Competency

By Olivia Grace Wolfe, Global Competency Intern  Little known fact (that even Ansuyah doesn’t know yet) – I met Ansuyah Naiken before she even knew who I was. And here I am, almost two full years later, working as her intern! I was taking an Intro to International Politics course way back in 2012 and one of our requirements was to both volunteer in Indy with international refugees and attend community events that my professor, Dr. Su-Mei Ooi, informed us of. Coincidentally, one of these events was a Cultural Workshop held at the Glick Center at Crooked Creek where
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All Good Things Must Come To An End

By Abby Miller, Marketing and Communications Intern To say that our time at The International Center got off to an interesting start would be a complete understatement. January of this year, if you remember, Indianapolis experienced extreme winter weather that caused many interns to start later than anticipated. When the temperature of the city was below freezing and the streets were constantly covered in snow, it was easy to believe that spring would never come.However, the trees outside our office have already bloomed and Indy is turning green again. With the changing colors comes the end of the Spring
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Office Spotlight: Protocol

By Fiyinfolu Arotiba, Protocol Intern Interaction among individuals, groups and countries are influenced or directed by certain norms and patterns. These norms tend to be different depending on the geographical location of those involved. My definition of protocol is simply the act of following the right procedures in interaction with each other. In the context of my position as the Protocol Intern at The International Center, protocol can be defined as “what to do in a certain situation” and etiquette is “how to do something gracefully and respectfully.” Both definitions obviously inform anyone about the Office of Protocol’s main
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Connections and Conversation

A Reflection on COPE SessionsBy Corinne O’Brien, Global Competency Intern The mood in the room was one of mutual understanding and appreciation. Each of the women that participated in the Community Orientation Program for Expatriates (COPE) session has an entirely unique background, yet they share a powerful common bond.COPE is a service offered by The International Center in Indianapolis that connects relocated individuals with their community and, perhaps more importantly, with each other. Topics range from American customs and holidays, healthcare, education, law enforcement, work and volunteer opportunities, and cultural differences. The primary topic at this session was navigating
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On Gaining Deeper Understanding of Multicultural Environments

A Global Competency Training ExperienceBy Kader Sahin, Operations Intern One of my best experiences with The International Center thus far has been the opportunity to attend, explore and share my own experiences at the Global Competency Trainings. Two weeks apart, we went for trainings to Interactive Intelligence, one of the global providers of contact centers, unified communications, and business process automation software and services designed to improve the customer experience in the Indianapolis area. Interactive Intelligence has locations in many countries such as United States, Canada, The Netherlands, France, Sweden, Germany, England, Poland, Middle East & Turkey, Spain, Saudi
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A Day in the Life of an IVLP Intern

By Samy Samandu, IVLP Intern IVLP. What does that stand for? It stands for International Visitors Leadership Program. The program was introduced by the Department of State to bring emerging leaders from all over the world to the United States to talk to people just like them professionally. These projects take a special kind of planning, diligence, and patience. IVLP Delegation from Brazil visiting theIndiana Department of Education My first set of visitors came from Brazil. As an intern, I submitted my first proposal for events that program participants might do, which was pretty neat and I listened to
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Office of Global Competency at The International Center

By Corinne O’Brien, Global Competency Intern I work in the Office of Global Competency Training at The International Center. This office appealed to me during the interview process because I thought that I would be able to meet a lot of interesting and inspiring people. As it turns out, these kinds of people engage with The International Center on a daily basis in all of its offices. The office is always bustling with activity and visitors, from volunteers to foreign dignitaries to board members and corporate clients. I have found that the Training Office is particularly well-suited to my
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Food and Fellowship

Valentines Day at The International CenterBy Hanako Gavia, Relocations Intern To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year The International Center had a Valentine’s Day pitch-in. The office was decorated with hearts in various locations and we were asked to bring food that was red, white or pink. There was a sign-up sheet for a few weeks, so we could have diverse foods, rather than just sweets. When the day came, everyone who attended the pitch-in brought something. There were plenty of sweets and entrees along with sides such as potatoes, chips and dip. The diversity of the food was wonderful
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An IVLP Experience: Guiding a Leader From Curacao

By Blake Bowers, Development Intern My most memorable experience with The International Center thus far has been the opportunity to meet and escort an international delegate around Indianapolis. The delegate that I spent the day with was Jeroen Jansen, a Policy Director from Curacao. Curacao is an island just off the coast of Venezuela. I was afforded this opportunity through The Center’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). This is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its goal is to bring distinguished international individuals to the United States to meet with
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Meet the Interns: Spring 2014

It’s that time of year! Just as we turn over to a new calendar and prepare for the upcoming year, a new team of interns has joined The International Center for the spring. As the first blog post for 2014, each intern has shared a little about his or her self. Without further ado, meet the interns! Fiyinfolu Arotiba – Kogi, NigeriaOffice of Protocol Intern Degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, NigeriaMasters Student in International Relations at University of Indianapolis “I was attracted to The International Center because I saw that past interns were involved in
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