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6 ways an International Internship Prepares You for a Successful Career

March 28, 2017

The Intern Group copyDoing an internship abroad through The Intern Group can enrich your life in a number of ways. It’s a unique opportunity for you to earn valuable professional experience while traveling and immersing yourself in a new culture. The different ways you learn and grow during your time abroad will stay with you for decades, making you a more international, culturally-sensitive, dynamic and open-minded professional.

6 ways an international internship prepares you for a successful career:

1. The experience pushes you to become a more dynamic person

When thrown into a completely foreign culture, you’re forced to alter your behavior to fit the new cultural norm. Having to make these personal changes to fit in at an international office pushes you to be more adaptable and dynamic. These skills will come in handy no matter where you end up.

2. You can hone your international networking skills

An international internship program thrusts you into social situations with citizens from the world over. At your internship you’ll have the opportunity to meet established professionals in your field. This is a great way to build up your network of professional contacts. You’ll also have the opportunity to make connections with other interns from all over the world in your free time.

3. It’s an opportunity to gain a global perspective

Going abroad opens your eyes and ears to the world beyond your home country. Living and interning in a brand new cultural context offers you a fresh perspective. Once you step out of your comfort zone and see how another culture operates, you’ll start to understand how big and diverse the world really is. You’ll realize just how important it is to understand what’s going on in the world beyond your own borders.

4. Meeting and working with a diverse group of people keeps you open to new personalities and points of view

There’s more than one right way to do things – each person approaches a task a little differently. These different perspectives and viewpoints can help solve complex problems and bring innovation and new ideas to the workplace. Working among professionals with different backgrounds at a young age will free your mind from the notion that a certain task has to be done in a certain way.

5. You learn to become comfortable being uncomfortable

One of the best takeaways from an experience abroad is how it forces you to become more open to feeling uncomfortable and out of your element. When you’re abroad, you’re put into new situations where you may not know what to say or how to act, but you have to figure it out somehow and keep your cool. People who can adjust quickly, adapt and think on their feet are exactly the kind of people managers want beside them in an important meeting or presentation.

6. Foreign language experience in a professional setting will open up unexpected doors

Knowing a second language can open up any number of professional doors in your future. For example, if you’re at a company that is looking to expand internationally to Latin America and you speak fluent Spanish, you’re a far more valuable employee than a monolingual. Language skills also help you connect to people from different parts of the world, so you can cast a wider net when you are networking.

Learn more about how to boost your career abroad through The Intern Group and benefit from a 5% discount off any program of your choice as a Golden Key member.

 

 

Are You Watching Golden Key’s Professional Development Videos?

March 13, 2017

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Many resources are available to you when you visit the Golden Key website and log in. You’ll find information on awards and scholarships, Golden Key Chapters and events, leadership opportunities, programs for studying abroad, and much more.

With all those resources available, you might have overlooked another valuable Golden Key resource on the Golden Key site . . .

 

The Golden Key Library of Professional Development Videos

CLICK HERE to review the available videos, choose some, and watch.  Here are some of the useful videos you will find . . .

 

Effective Communication for Leaders

Presented by Steve Neel, Golden Key Honorary Member

To grow as a leader, you must be an effective, compelling communicator. This presentation reviews strategies to help you develop top-notch communication skills.

 

Conflict Management

Presented by Jen Wright, Golden Key Advisor at University of Central Florida

True leaders know how to deal with and reduce conflict. This video teaches skills to approach conflict with confidence and move forward after it has occurred.

 

Secrets to Grad School Admissions 

Presented by Anthony Russomonno, The Princeton Review

Anthony Russomonno, an expert in graduate school applications who works at the Princeton Review, explains what it takes to get into graduate school. This session emphasizes a systematic approach that increases the chances of getting into the school of your choice.

 

Introduction to Servant Leadership 

Presented by Pat Falotico, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Learn about Servant Leadership from the CEO of the Robert Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. This session explores what defines servant leadership, how to identify a servant leader, and much more.

 

The Importance of Researching Industries & Employers in Today’s Global Job Market

Presented by Vault

If you would like to avoid working in the wrong company or industry, this is a video you should watch. Learn important career-building lessons from Vault, the publisher of authoritative guides to different industries.

 

All That, and More, on the Golden Key Website

Be sure to spend some time exploring all the great resources available on the Golden Key website. Log in and check it out!

 

Not a member? Click here to find out if you’re eligible to join Golden Key!

Golden Key Dallas Regional Summit 2017

February 22, 2017

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It’s that time of the year! Golden Key kicked off its Regional Summit season with its first of three arriving to the Lone Star state; Dallas, Texas from February 3rd – 4th. Attendees got to enjoy the benefits of having their conference in the largest Starwood hotel in the country, the Sheraton Dallas. This summit not only gave students, advisors and members the chance to explore the captivating city life that is Dallas, but also the opportunity to make lifelong friends over discussions on how each individual can enhance Golden Key to impact their campus communities.

The hustle and bustle started early Friday afternoon when Golden Key members started arriving. To kick off the event, Golden Key’s University of Texas at Dallas chapter organized a “photo hunt” for all attendees to participate in. The photo hunt gave everyone the chance to meet other attendees and catch a glimpse of what makes Dallas unique.

After a few hours of adventure, attendees returned to the Sheraton Dallas for the Regional Summit Welcome Session. Golden Key staff kicked off the welcome with a vibrant roll call, a recap of the year operationally and news about upcoming opportunities for all members. The Welcome Session ended with an outstanding icebreaker facilitated by Region 8 Council of Advisors representative, Kathryn Clifford (California State University, Sacramento). The activity broke down barriers for everyone in the room which resulted in not only new perspectives being brought to light, but also new friendships. The evening ended with a small thank you for Golden Key’s Advisors in the form of a reception, where advisors got to mingle with one another and reflect on the impacts they’ve made so far on their respective campus.

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Golden Key attendees wasted no time on Saturday, as everyone rose early for breakfast before the show began. Once full of energy, attendees began to immerse themselves in a plethora of workshops for the next three hours. Dallas Regional Summit workshops offered an extensive variety of content this year, including topics such as Golden Key chapter best practices, detailed strategies on marketing and recruitment for student organizations, as well as the basics of what goes into running a supply chain management organization.

After a morning inspiration, attendees turned to empowerment as the Golden Key Think Tank began. The Think Tank randomly broke up attendees into 3 rooms to have genuine conversation about what Golden Key means to them and their campus, learning what all of them can to do enhance the Golden Key experience on their campus. Attendees were given a “take away” sheet to write anything that empowered them to go back to their campus and start making a difference. Once concluded, attendees went their separate ways to re-energize with a bite to eat and then met with Golden Key staff separately to discuss heir vision is for Golden Key in 2017.

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As is tradition, Golden Key ended the Dallas Regional Summit in style. Attendees traveled up to the 37th floor Saturday evening to break bread with new friends at the Gala Dinner. While dressed up and looking fly, attendees brought up children’s books that were collected for the Golden Key Kiddos Camp back in Atlanta, GA. The books will be used for the summer camp in May and will significantly help to revitalize the camp’s library.

As everyone finished grabbing dessert, Golden Key welcomed its Regional Summit keynote speaker, Linda Rutherford (Texas Tech), VP of Chief Communications Officer for Southwest Airlines. Linda imparted a powerful message onto everyone in the room on the importance of effectively communicating and active listening to not only those in the work place, but in your day to day life. She ended with an impactful Q&A where she offered outstanding advice cited from her journey that led her to Southwest.

Linda Rutherford was inducted into Golden Key has an Honorary Member as a thank you for exhibiting the values of academics, leadership and service that Golden Key upholds through its mission. Once closing remarks were given by Golden Key staff, Linda’s messaged resonated as attendees continued to discuss amongst one another, recalling their own journeys and their goals for the upcoming chapters in their lives.

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Golden Key’s Dallas Regional Summit was one for the history books! From sight-seeing adventures in downtown Dallas to inspiring workshops, impactful conversations and a powerful message delivered by Linda Rutherford to conclude the summit, these two days will surely be unforgettable for all who attended.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 International Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada this July! Don’t miss out! For more information, click here.

Interested in joining Golden Key? Find out if you qualify!

 

 

How to Find a Local Golden Key Chapter and Get Involved

February 14, 2017
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Golden Key members of the Auburn University chapter

A Golden Key membership offers many benefits – awards and scholarships, exclusive study programs, opportunities to study abroad, and more. But many members feel the opportunity to get involved with local Golden Key chapters is one of the most valuable benefits of all.

 

When you join a Golden Key chapter near you, you benefit from . . .

  • Professional networking opportunities
  • A chance to make a positive impact in your region or community by participating in chapter-sponsored charity and cause-related events
  • The opportunity to really get to know alumni who attended your alma mater . . . and to get to know members of other chapters in your area too
  • A chance to have fun and socialize at chapter-sponsored dinners, summer picnics, outings to sporting events, and more

 

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Golden Key member of University of California, Los Angeles

How Can You Locate a Local Chapter?

It’s easy. Simply use the Chapter Locator that you’ll find on the Golden Key website. After entering your country, state and other geographical information, you’ll find a list of chapters in your area.  Click, contact them, join . . . and get involved.

 

Don’t See What You’re Looking for? Why Not Start a Chapter of Your Own!

If your college doesn’t have a chapter yet, why not be proactive and start one? CLICK HERE to find out how. The process is simple – get together with fellow alumni from your school and file an online application. Golden Key will review your application and let you know what you have to do to formalize and found a Golden Key chapter of your own.

Sounds like an opportunity that you would be smart to seize? It is. Find out more

Watch: Golden Key Members Explain Why they Love Being Members

February 9, 2017

There is nothing like learning the value of Golden Key from the members themselves – students who joined and are now getting so much from their memberships.

Here are some of the key benefits that members talk about . . .

  • The experience of looking out for other people and caring for them, thanks to Golden Key’s volunteering opportunities
  • The value of joining for a one-time low membership fee and enjoying benefits that are worth many times more
  • A sense of community and hope that comes from making things better
  • The chance to grow as both a leader and a good team member
  • The chance to make a difference in the world
  • The opportunity to build a professional and personal network that reaches across national borders
  • The opportunity to build the confidence to do anything
  • An opportunity to connect with leaders in your own university
  • The availability of travel grants to attend Summits in other cities and countries
  • A chance to connect with great mentors and advisors
  • The opportunity to be part of something for life
  • Opportunities to travel and learn about the world

Find More Videos on the Golden Key YouTube Channel

We invite you to visit the Golden Key channel on YouTube. You’ll find videos about members, Golden Key chapters, foreign study experiences, and much more. It’s a great way to learn all about Golden Key and get an inside look at the exciting benefits of being a member.

7 Reasons Why You Need an International Internship on Your Resume

January 31, 2017

13903383190_179c9e6ee2_oDoing an internship abroad takes guts and grit. An international internship demands open-minded, hard-working professionals who are up to the challenge of adjusting to a new culture while earning real-world professional experience in their industry. By pursuing an internship abroad, you’re holding yourself to a higher standard and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. The extra effort will pay off not only during your time abroad, but years after as you reap the professional benefits.

  1. You’ll have experience nobody else has

There’s something very unique about having an international internship under your belt. Many young people still hesitate when it comes to seeking international work experiences. Showing your dedication to having diverse experiences and overcoming challenges abroad will make a hiring manager realize that you’re the kind of person who brings something special to the table.

  1. Networking opportunities

Interns can develop their own network of international professionals in addition to personal contacts. As you start to make connections both at your office and at The Intern Group meetups, you will become more connected to the professionals in your industry all around the world. These kind of international connections are much harder to establish through an internship in your home country.

 

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  1. You can build up your foreign language skills

An internship abroad presents the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in another language in a professional environment. Being proficient in a second language at the office is an incredibly useful skill to list on your resume. As our economy becomes increasingly globalized, it’s more and more important to be able to speak other languages as companies expand operations in emerging markets.

  1. Work experience in your field

An internship abroad offers a young person the chance to test out their career by interning in the field of their choice. Earning industry experience, interns hone professional skills and learn the ins and outs of their field. Leaving your internship abroad, you’ll be more skilled and plugged into your field.

  1. Real-world work experience abroad

Whether or not you’ve decided exactly what you want to do with your life, having international office experience under your belt will help boost your resume for many types of job opportunities. Having taken a risk and sought out professional experiences outside your comfort zone and in a foreign land, you’ll be seen as a gutsy, dedicated professional.

  1. You’ll have a more global perspective

The experience of going abroad causes young people to become more worldly and open-minded. They learn how the different countries around the world interact and exchange goods and ideas. Naturally, going to another country forces you to learn about the world in a new way, soaking in a new culture and working through differences. Through this kind of international exchange experience, interns develop increased acceptance of others, making for a more globally-minded, informed and tolerant person.

  1. You’ll gain office experience

Employers are seeking people who already have work experience in an office and know what it’s like to work from 9 to 5. After having completed an international internship, interns have a greater understanding of the demands of the professional world. They are better prepared to take on those responsibilities and challenges.

 

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Golden Key is proud to partner with The Intern Group, the leading provider of international internships in London, New York, Europe, China, Australia and Latin America. As a member of Golden Key, you benefit from a 5% discount off of all programs. For more information about their programs, click here.

 

Three Reasons to Add Studying Abroad to Your Bucket List

January 12, 2017

Want an exciting way to enhance your personal and professional life in a short amount of time? Study abroad!

Why is studying abroad so important? If you ask Golden Key member Sherma Noble, she will tell you that “it gives one a wider perspective on other peoples’ way of life and their culture which will ultimately enrich one’s mind and understanding of a diversified world.” Sherma traveled to China last summer with the Business & Entrepreneurship delegation of the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). There, not only did she trek up the Great Wall, but she also “gained knowledge about China’s customs on how to conduct business.

Like Sherma, many students have experienced the personal, academic and professional benefits of study abroad programs. Here are three reasons to add studying abroad to your academic bucket list.

  1. Studying abroad requires ingenuity, adaptability, and critical thinking skills, all of which employers seek in potential candidates.

Walking into a new culture without your basic resources (e.g., literacy, personal connections, and local familiarity) challenges you to think of creative ways to complete ordinary tasks. Suddenly a quick trip to the grocery store turns into a three-hour ordeal. You take risks each step along the way, deciding between a taxi and public transportation, asking for directions in another language, buying food you may have never seen before. Sherma attests to this by saying, “The ISLP experience encouraged me to take risks, be a better negotiator, be better in time management, be a better creative thinker, and finally, become more adaptable.”

  1. Studying abroad builds your professional and personal network.

Traveling with a group of individuals builds a unique bond as you all experience a new culture together. Sure, you can meet like-minded professionals in your hometown, but when you are working with each other not only to complete a group project but also to survive, you develop a unique bond.

Depending on the type of study abroad program, you may have direct access to experts in your field. For Sherma, “ISLP China gave me an opportunity to form lasting personal and professional connections via ISLP students, advisors, and the many business professionals across China. For that I am eternally grateful.” ISLP offers you exposure to professionals and experts in your field whom you may not have otherwise have had access to. You receive concentrated information related to your career, meet others who are passionate about pursuing their career goals, and leave with a new list of connections.

  1. Studying abroad gives you a competitive advantage in the classroom.

Would you rather read about international business from a textbook and a few Forbes articles? Or learn how to start a business overseas from established expat entrepreneurs in Shanghai? Would you like to learn about the startup industry in China from the Internet, or ask your questions directly to local CEOs from a startup incubator in Hangzhou? Studying abroad takes experiential learning to new levels and gives you an opportunity to live your learning. You learn about culture, international issues, and policy not through reading but living it.

“Some of my assumptions of China were shattered as they were replaced with new confirmed facts. Not only have I gained knowledge about Chinese customs on about how to conduct business; I also learnt about climate change, air pollution, the availability of clean water, politics, social practices and their awesome technologies as a nation.”

Imagine—in just 10 short days you can connect with knowledge and human resources that you can take with you in your future career path. It’s more than a trip for fun. It will change you. You shouldn’t leave your academic career without it.

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Choose your career delegation. Select a destination. Apply now for 2017 International Scholar Laureate. The deadline to enroll is February 24, 2017.

If you have any questions or would prefer to complete enrollment over the phone, contact ISLP Office of Admissions at (800) 778-0164, email admissions@scholarlaureate.org or connect with ISLP scholars on Facebook: @ScholarLaureateProgram #ScholarLaureate