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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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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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