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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SU President Recognized for Supporting Internships Abroad

Global Experiences logoSALISBURY, MD---Global Experiences, one of the leading international internship organizations, has recognized Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach for taking the opportunity to see firsthand Salisbury students actively engaging in career development activities organized through a unique campus partnership.

Since 2009, SU has worked with Global Experiences to offer semester-long study abroad programs based on internships. Dudley-Eshbach is the first president from a U.S. institution to show support for international education and workforce development by visiting Global Experiences’ students, educators and employers in cities overseas.

During Dudley-Eshbach’s 14-year tenure at SU, she has been an advocate of international education. She earned her own Ph.D. from El Colegio de México and believes study abroad experiences are life-changing. Her travels to Europe this semester specifically involved witnessing the customized career development activities of the students participating in the international internships, as well as engaging in discussions with educators and employers abroad.

“To help our students thrive in today’s increasingly global economy, it is important that we provide opportunities that will expose them to other cultures and environments and equip them with skills to be successful in their future careers,” Dudley-Eshbach said. “Professional internships and study abroad experiences are among the cornerstones of an SU education, so we are thrilled to offer both through our partnership with Global Experiences. Clearly, these programs are preparing our students for working with multinational companies and in the global workforce.”

SU’s partnership with Global Experiences began with a program in Florence for students majoring in communication arts five years ago. In 2015 there will be 5 locations offering full-credit, semester-long, internship-based programs for SU students.  They may study communications in Florence and Milan, Italy; the liberal arts in Barcelona, Spain; community health in Dublin, Ireland; and a variety of fields in Paris, France.

According to Global Experiences, students who want to better position themselves post-graduation are increasingly choosing to participate in such customized international internship programs. The President’s visit highlights the increasing priority to connect degrees to global professional opportunities, and the achievable mission of making it accessible to all.

“Salisbury University and Dr. Dudley-Eshbach are shining a bright light on the benefits and impacts of international internships,” said Emily Merson, President and CEO of Global Experiences. “President Dudley-Eshbach was a pleasure to host in Barcelona, Spain, and Florence, Italy. It was an honor to have her visit our programs on-site and we thank Salisbury University for its continued partnership. We appreciate her interest in visiting students, educators and employers and her advocacy for building connections abroad. We look forward to playing a helpful role in the career development of students at Salisbury and other universities across the nation.”

Established in 2001 by Merson and Stephen Reilly, a 1996 SU graduate, Global Experiences is based in Annapolis, MD, with 28 staff in the U.S. and overseas and relationships with employers in 27 countries. The organization has over 4,400 alumni, having served students from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. For more information, call 877-546-6212 or visit www.GlobalExperiences.com.

For more information about SU, call 410-543-6030 or visit www.salisbury.edu.


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