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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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An Internship To Remember

Time flies. Doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday we were all sitting at the conference room table, introducing ourselves to the rest of The Center’s Staff. We were now members of a wonderful and diverse team; and we were eager to work on various projects and learn more about our specific responsibilities. We knew that in the course of this internship program we would acquire the necessary skills that would be beneficial to the development of our professional lives. “As I reflect on the 5 months I was able to spend with The International Center’s Global Competency Training
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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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