The chance to live or study abroad can be a great experience, but one needs to stand out when competing in the market with others who have gained similar experiences and skill sets.

Completing a successful international internship can be a way to enhance superiority above competitors.

On Thursday, Sept. 9, a panel discussion will be held to inform students about the benefits and advantages of exploring and completing an international internship.  Lunch will be provided for all participants who attend.

Dr. Danny Damron, Director of the International Center, will be participating in the panel discussion and emphasizes that international internships take a lot of initiative on the part of the student, but the investment opens many doors.

“Students need to understand that this is not an extra activity, it is an investment in their future careers,” Damron said. “Ground experience provides them with knowledge and a skill set for work.”

Leanna Escobar of the International Center is a key player in the organization of this event. Its purpose is to help students understand that in a vibrant LDS culture, a lot of people have had international experiences. That alone may not be enough to stand out to employers anymore because so many people have those aptitudes.

“Competing against the same LDS network can be hard and students have to step up,” Escobar said. “An international internship helps students become globally competent and more of an asset to future employers.”

Escobar also encourages students to visit the International Center and make an appointment with an advisor to discuss international internship possibilities.

The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Sorenson Student Center (SC 213b). An international education panel will immediately follow.

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