It's no surprise that when students return from studying abroad, they are passionate about the experience they had overseas and want to get involved in the field of International Education to share that experience with others. We have provided some resources here that may assist you as you consider a career in International Education.
The Office of Education Abroad is just one unit within The Office of International Programs (OIP) at UNC Charlotte. OIP consists of several other departments made up of a team of highly motivated and passionate individuals whose common goal is to provide programming and opportunities to bring together people of all different cultures with the hope of producing global citizens. You're encouraged to refer to UNC Charlotte's employment opportunities page to see if OIP is hiring.
Note: We kindly ask that you do not contact our department or any department within OIP with job inquiries as all hiring processes are managed by University Human Resources. We also encourage you to consider getting involved with OIP's other initiatives, such as the annual International Festival, English conversation partners for students in the English Language Training institute, the international coffee hour, and more.
If you are interested in exploring the field of International Education locally, the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE), is a professional organization of over 600 administrators, educators, and community volunteers, committed to promoting the cause of international education in the state. NCAIE runs the North Carolina Study Abroad Re-Entry Conference, the Student Global Leadership Conference, Workshops, and the Annual State Conference. If you are re-locating, many states have a similar orgainzation (for example, SCAIE - the South Carolina Association of International Educators). Local organizations and the conferences/meetings offered are a good way to learn more about the field and to network at a local level and for students/alumni on a budget.
As you explore opportunities, keep in mind that there is more to the field of International Education than just study abroad! There are many areas to consider including working with International Students & Scholars, Teaching English as a Second Language, International Recruitment, On-Campus Internationalization and more! If you are interested in the field, we encourage to explore all venues to see where your best fit may be or where strengths you have may be best suited.