AmeriCorps Alums Announces the International Career Series Sponsored by IPSL Study Abroad + Service-Learning
For Immediate Release: June 24, 2014
Contact: Maria Caruso
AmeriCorps Alums Communications Coordinator
(Atlanta, June 2014) —A new International Careers Series to profile leading alumni of AmeriCorps working in international and intercultural careers is launching this summer from AmeriCorps Alums. Sponsored by IPSL, an organization that operates international graduate programs that incorporate volunteer service to the community with academic study, the International Cohort will be sharing their professional insights and experiences through a series of podcasts and blogs and educating the broader Alums community about this professional pathway.
Over the next seven months, the twelve members of the international cohort will explore topics like international education, social entrepreneurship, and global disaster relief as a learning community while also publishing personal blogs and small group podcast conversations aimed at engaging early career alumni and current AmeriCorps members looking to explore or transition to an international career. The series is part of AmeriCorps Alums’ larger professional development strategy to support alumni of national service in their pursuit of impact careers. AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors share, “Our members are consistent in their commitment to continuing to make change as leaders, being so heavily influenced by their AmeriCorps experience. The International Career Series taps twelve exceptional alums to serve as aspirational thinkers and guideposts for our community in their pursuit of a lifetime of service in an impact career.”
Cohort member, Oge Onubogu, a Program Manager at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), shares how her AmeriCorps VISTA experience connected to global issues and her excitement to be identified as an International leader participating in the cohort.
“The VISTA program challenged and encouraged me to find innovative ways to tackle community problems closely linked to global issues. I am excited about the International Career Series because it provides a forum to learn from each other, and ultimately strengthen the appreciation for service and social justice not only in our communities, but also internationally.”
IPSL’s Director of Programs, Arianne Newton, sees the value of the learning series, both for her institution and for current students in IPSL’s Masters programs. “IPSL has seen a marked increase in AmeriCorps alumni enrolling in our program—so we’re thrilled to find new ways to connect to this community, and most importantly contribute to the thoughtful conversations about global leadership and impact.”
IPSL Master’s degree programs in International Development and Service are unique in that they link academic study and service-learning with an emphasis on study abroad. IPSL and AmeriCorps Alums have partnered over the last three years to expand international career pathways for national service alumni.
About AmeriCorps Alums
AmeriCorps Alums builds a community of engaged citizens and civic leaders that gets things done for America. An enterprise of Points of Light, AmeriCorps Alums is the only national network that connects the nearly 1 million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs (including an estimated 80,000 new alumni each year) to the people, ideas and resources that support their commitment to a lifetime of service. AmeriCorps alumni are predominantly between the ages of 21 – 35, more racially diverse than the U.S. population, and over 60 percent female. For more information, please visit www.americorpsalums.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
IPSL programs combine academic studies and community service and full cultural immersion to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience. IPSL’s purpose is twofold: to promote service-learning through publications, conferences, research, and training opportunities for faculty and service-agency staff and to offer international programs for undergraduate and graduate students from institutions of higher education around the world. IPSL aims to engage students, educators, and community members in the union of service and learning, so that all may become more civically engaged, interculturally literate, internationally aware, and responsive to the needs of others. To learn more about IPSL, visit their website, check out their videos on YouTube and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.