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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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Getting Multilingual with IVLP

By Catherine Johnson, IVLP Inter Returning to Indianapolis after spending a semester studying abroad in Qatar, I did not expect to have many opportunities to put my Arabic language skills or business cards to use this summer. However, as I have learned so far from my time with The International Center, this internship experience is full of surprises and chances to bring my own skills and expertise to bear on my work Before I elaborate, a bit of background would probably be appropriate. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, and I decided to spend this summer at home
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Naturalization Ceremonies Create Lasting Memories

By Hayley Pierson, Relocation Services Intern It is hard to believe that my time here at The International Center is soon coming to an end. Looking back over my experiences here, I think my favorite or part I find most memorable has been going to the Naturalization Ceremonies on Thursday mornings at the Federal Courthouse. It is amazing to witness the beginning of a new chapter in these new citizens’ lives. Each ceremony I have attended has been standing room only. The families and friends of these new citizens fill every possible space in the back of the courtroom.
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An International Perspective: Language Learning at The IC

By Joel van Bergeijk, Programs and Services Intern Learning to speak another language can be intimidating. After learning the pronunciation, tenses, word order, and other intricacies of the language, its simplest function can often be the most challenging – conversation. I’ve always had a great interest in language, and after studying German for nearly six years I’ve had plentiful practice with reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Speaking with others, especially native speakers, however, was a rare if not impossible occurrence. Previously, I had immersed myself in the language through film and books, but I always felt that the social
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Protocol in Practice

By Kasey Cranfill, Protocol Intern Hello, my name is Kasey Cranfill and I am the Protocol Intern here at The International Center. I graduated from Purdue last year with a degree in Anthropology focusing on cultural and applied anthropology. My goal for this internship has been to see the applied field in action even if what gets done here would rarely be labeled as anthropology. My hands-on experience in this regard has come from shadowing and assisting Peter Kirkwood, the Protocol Director for The International Center. In anthropology you are taught to think and look at things from a
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Cultural Training at Interactive Intelligence

By Emily Garman, Global Competency Intern This past Monday I got to start my day off with a cross cultural training teaching new hires of Interactive Intelligence about the United States. My supervisor, Ansuyah, goes to businesses frequently to teach the employees or employers about different cultures. I love going with my supervisor to these cross cultural trainings because I get to see the type of work that she does, people’s reactions to her presentation, and their surprise about the knowledge she provides. At the training there were people from Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Holland, and they
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Flags, Fun, and Feng Shui

By Maggie Dankert, Asian Learning Center Intern  First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Maggie Dankert and I’m an intern for the Asian Learning Center at The International Center. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in East Asian Anthropology, I headed to South Korea to teach English for two years. It was there that I fine-tuned my aspirations within the large umbrella of Globalization. My interests lie in working with international students on a university campus, and working in the Asian Language Center will let me pursue my passion. We have begun
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Meet the 2013 Summer Interns!

Yiting Li Asian Learning Center Intern DePauw University “As an international student from China, I keep a strong interest in promoting diversity at DePauw. As the new intern at Asian Learning Center this summer, my main project is to improve the marketing strategies for ALCI, including maintaining the social networking accounts, updating the websites, and creating other marketing materials. I am also assisting with the “Learning about Asia from Food” program, which aims to increase the awareness about different food cultures in Asia. I hold a strong career interest in Non-profit Organization, International relations and education after graduation.” Madeleine
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Making a Difference

By Alejandra Salmeron, Marketing, Communications & Stakeholder Relations Intern Downtown Indianapolis Summer is finally arriving, and with the changes in weather come new opportunities and experiences at The International Center. This is the first week for the 2013 summer interns, and as one of them, I’d like to share my story about how I got here and what this place means to me. I move around a lot, certainly not as much as some people, but enough to know what it is like to leave home and start out again in a new city located in a different country.
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Dinner and Dancing

By Mary Bova, Relocation Intern It is so hard to believe that my time at The International Center is nearly over. Each and every moment here has been enriching and rewarding. Yesterday I had the opportunity to accompany the Women of Justice Delegation. This has been the crowing jewel of all of my experiences here and that is saying a lot because I have had countless beautiful experiences here. Our day began with a visit to the women’s prison. We were a group of five females most of them attorneys from Jordan, Afghanistan, Russia and South Sudan, one very
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