Course Facilitator

Internship Overview

This position serves as the Instructor’s Assistant for the mandatory 1-credit pre-departure course, arranged by Education Abroad for all semester and year-long outgoing study abroad students. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the pre-departure course. These responsibilities include but are not limited to: managing logistics for the course, organizing student volunteers for the small group and panel discussions, preparing and updating materials, and helping facilitate use of the online component during class for an integrated student experience.

This position provides the opportunity to enhance individual skills in organization and student coordination, presentation technology, interpersonal communication, instructional techniques, online learning, writing, public speaking, and logistics.

Essential Job Functions

  • Supporting the course instructor in all aspects of pre-departure course preparation
  • Organizing volunteers (students, guest speakers, etc.), including connecting with returned study abroad students for a panel and small group discussions
  • Providing technical support for Instructor (presentation technology and online course implementation)
  • Taking attendance and general course support, both in and outside of class
  • Updating electronic files, as needed, such as PowerPoints and PDFs
  • Attending every class sessions and leading sessions when necessary
  • Helping market Education Abroad


  • Develop skills in a professional work environment
  • Enhance leadership, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Have a chance to use the knowledge of international matters and cross-cultural communication acquired from your own study abroad experience
  • Have the opportunity to work with individuals around the campus, including faculty, staff, and students
  • Experience an exciting, challenging, and rewarding job in a fast-paced, cross-cultural setting
  • Gain concrete experience to put on your resume
  • Develop specialized knowledge of the study abroad industry
  • May earn UM credits


Candidates for this position must be the following:

  • Available Wednesday morning 7:50-9:30am, and Thursday afternoon 3:20-5:00pm. Additional office hours to be determined around candidate’s class schedule.
  • Technically proficient using Moodle, PowerPoint, and Zoom, as well as how to implement and use different forms of presentation technology
  • A UM student currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program at UM, and be in good academic and judicial standing
  • Available to work at least 10-15 hours a week. There may be occasional evening and/or weekend hours
  • Able to enthusiastically and accurately promote the concept of education abroad to UM students, faculty, and staff
  • Someone with a high level of written and oral communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized and resourceful
  • An individual with excellent computer skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Desire to work with students who express interest in overseas study and enthusiasm for education abroad and its value
  • Experience with other cultures and intercultural situations, including studying, living, and/or traveling abroad, learning another language, work abroad (paid or volunteer), etc.
  • Patience for helping students clarify their own needs, best interests, capacities, and resources in order to make informed choices and decisions about available study abroad opportunities

Application Instructions

For full consideration, complete the application via Handshake for the Education Abroad Course Facilitator/Teaching Assistant internship. Please include a resume and cover letter of no more than 500 words, alongside your weekly availability.

Preference in hiring will be given to students who are able to commit to the position for the entire term. All new hires must complete the mandatory training program. All positions will be open until filled.

Please email Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry at if you have any questions, using the e-mail subject line "EA Course Facilitator Internship Application".