OEA Interns

Each semester the OEA brings on a handful Study Abroad Alumni to our team. Meet our current interns below & feel free to shoot them a message to learn more about their experience abroad! 

Stephanie Hopta

• Special Projects Intern • 

Office Hours
  • Monday 2p - 5p
  • Tuesday 10a - 1:30p
  • Thursday 1p - 4:30p

Stephanie is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but came to UNC Charlotte in 2016 to obtain a degree in Mathematics for Business. She is on a fast track pace to graduate, so instead of graduating in four years, she will finish in three (May 2019). Stephanie joined our Office of Education Abroad in Fall 2018 as a special projects intern. Prior to becoming an intern, during the 2018 summer session, she studied abroad in various parts of Greece, but off all the places she travel, the Greek island Spetses was her favorite. She loved this island the most because everywhere she looked she either saw mountains or the Mediterranean Sea and of course, the food was excellent. Besides being an intern, Stephanie is involved in three clubs and treasurer for all of them; Pi Mu Epsilon, Actuarial Science Club, and the Helping Hand Project. Outside of her school activities, she loves to travel, try new things, exercise and do photography. 

  • Major: Mathematics for Business
  • Email: shopta@uncc.edu
Program Information
  • Program Name: Walk Across Greece
  • Program Type: Faculty-Led Freestanding
  • Location: Various cities in Greece
  • Term: Summer 2018

Sonja Hyvarinen

• Faculty-Led Intern • 

Office Hours
  • Monday 2:30p - 5p
  • Wednesday 8:30a - 11:45a
  • Friday 8:15a - 12p

Born and raised in Finland, Sonja attended high school in Charlotte before becoming a student at UNC Charlotte. She is currently a Junior majoring in International Studies and Japanese, as well as minoring in Economics. Sonja has a passion for cultures and traveling, and has been lucky enough to visit a several nations such as China, France, Italy, and Greece. In spring 2018, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea, and absolutely fell in love with the country. She is excited to intern for the Office of Education Abroad and share her enthusiasm for study abroad.

  • Major: International Studies & Japanese
  • Email:  shyvarin@uncc.edu 
Program Information


• Marketing & Alumni Relations Intern • 

Office hours
  • Mondays 10a - 2p
  • Tuesdays 1p - 4p
  • Fridays 10a - 1p

Sammie Stiehle is a senior from Raleigh, NC who is double majoring in Communication Studies and Spanish, with concentrations in International Public Relations and Hispanic Culture and Language Studies, and is also minoring in journalism. She studied abroad through the Semester in Spain program during the fall 2017 semester, and plans on returning to Spain in the future to do corporate PR. Along with being the Marketing and Alumni Relations intern, she also is a part of the Public Relations Student Society of America at UNCC and leads an on-campus women's ministry called Delight. In her free time, Sammie enjoys napping, serving at her church and trying new restaurants around Charlotte.

  • Major: Communications (International Public Relations Certificate) & Spanish
  • Email: sstiehle@uncc.edu  
Program Information