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When it comes to December…: Reflection of an Internship

By Yizhi “Lois” Luo, Asian Learning Center of Indiana Intern Four months ago, when I was making my argument to a friend of mine about leaving my current job at that time and moving to Indianapolis for a 300-hour unpaid internship at The International Center, I did not know how well this would turn out. I was certainly expecting something new, something that would sharpen me, and something that would open a bigger world for me. Now that it is time to summarize all that I’ve done during this period of time at The Center, I am surprised, encouraged
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Hosting International Visitors: Expanding Our Horizons

As the intern for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) at The International Center, it’s part of my job to assist my supervisor – Beth Barich, The Center’s IVLP Program Manager – with preparation and execution of the local program. Hold on. Back up. Maybe I should explain a few things. First off, IVLP is a professional exchange program run by the Department of State that brings emerging foreign leaders in diverse fields to the United States to meet with their professional counterparts. The International Center’s role in the program is to act as Indiana’s local Council for International
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The World Is Coming To Indiana

 by Chris Wallace, Global Competency Intern Throughout the month of October I had opportunities to experience the depth and diversity of immigrant communities in the City of Indianapolis. These experiences came through a global training by The International Center at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Libraries. Although a native of Indiana, I did not grow up in Indianapolis and thus, being exposed to the breadth of diversity in our state and its capital city was a new experience. The city of Indianapolis Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Each of the six sessions took place at a different branch in the Indianapolis-Marion
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American Citizenship: A Long-Term Commitment

 Written by Dillon Smith, Relocation Services Intern On October 3rd, 2013, I had the privilege of partaking in a Naturalization Ceremony. The courthouse adjacent to the Regions building conducts these ceremonies each Thursday at 10am, at which time a judge legally motions 60 or more petitioners into American citizenship. Immigration, a process, deeply rooted in American history and a fundamental component to the American Dream, has made an impact on my family. Although many American families’ ancestors had emigrated from other places in the world, they themselves as the successors of these immigrants are sometimes so removed that it
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Last Week In Review Part II: “This is Alyssa’s story…”

Last week, we had the pleasure of sharing with you our most favorite memories from this year’sInternational Citizen of the Year Award Dinner. Just as it was for the 2013 honoree, Mark Miles, it was likewise a very special occasion for The International Center. The evening program that every guest had a chance to attend was a success! With any event of such magnitude, there is a lot of work and preparation, of course, that happens behind the scenes: this part of event planning is  something that not everyone gets to experience.              
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Last Week In Review Part I: International Citizen of the Year ’13

On October 2nd, 2013, The International Center hosted one of its biggest events: The International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner. This year’s honoree was Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman and Company. The award dinner and program was held at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis: attendance reached 500 guests! Due to the excitement that seemed to fill the room, one can say that it was truly an enchanting evening. The entertainment portion of the evening included two distinct performances: Evan Bravos, up-and-coming concert baritonist, serenaded the guests as he walked through the aisles. His voice seemed to cast
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Interns: Fall 2013 Edition

  “We are the Interns!” is what our group became when we were selected to be a part of a great team here at The International Center. We all come from different backgrounds and we all received degrees from different Universities, but the five of us definitely have something in common: we are advocates of foreign cultures and international growth. Each of us possesses a diverse set of skills that can be used to assist The International Center in expanding Indiana’s global interest. So without further ado, here are the members of the Fall 2013 class of interns!  Yizhi
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Polo at Sunset

A Night of Ponies, Playing and Picnics by Maggie Dankert  Every intern group faces a bittersweet end to their engagement. In our case, those of us who interned at The International Center this summer are all excited to return to the other part of our lives, whether it is back to school or on to new jobs, but we also reluctantly leave a exciting environment that had become part of our daily lives.  We all had a blast this summer within our individual positions at The International Center, but year’s “class” of interns were presented with a special opportunity,
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Learning about American and Asian Culture at ALCI

By Yiting Li, Asian Learning Center Intern Growing up in a different culture, I have always wanted to learn more about American culture, especially after I came here three years ago as a High School International Exchange Student. I stayed with an American host family in Mayville, WI during my senior year of high school. Many reasons brought me to the United States. For example, I want to improve my language skills and get to know more people from different backgrounds. There was definitely a huge difference between the high school in America and the one in Beijing, my
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An Open House

By Madeleine Thickett, Development Intern Hello, my name is Madeleine, I am originally from Birmingham, England and I am currently an Engineering student at Oxford University. For me, America has often held a certain pull on my curiosity so this year I decided to put the mystery to bed and make my way across the Atlantic. Suffice to say it hasn’t disappointed. As the Development Intern here I get one of the broadest perspectives of The Center. Because we are the chief fundraising department we need to have a good insight into almost every area in order to tell
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