Thank you for your interest in serving as a 2017 Program Assistant for International Summer Study. The essential position details are listed below. All applications are due in our office by February 17, 2017. Applicants must be 18 or older.
PA Alumni Testimonials:
"My PA experience with International Summer Study was amazing. I got to know a lot of adorable people – my co-workers and our coordinator, students attending the programs, people we met at luncheons, as well as people joining us on various events. It also brought me a lot fun. I got the chance to take part in all types of entertainment activities, like going to Six Flags and going to a musical at The Muny. The most amazing time for me was not any specific event, but the time hanging out with [the program students] in the common room in the evening. I loved the time when we simply sat around, played games, shared food, and (talked) about everything.
I remember contacting residential life for students who forgot their room key and helping them get in. I was also responsible for picking up and delivering their mail packages. Most of the time, we served as intermediate contacts and answered their questions about their schedules, about the school, about life in St. Louis, or just about experience of studying abroad in general.
Serving as a PA definitely made my summer much more colorful and meaningful. It also helped me improve my communication and time management skills. In a word, this is a wonderful and valuable experience for me, and I would highly recommend anyone who wants a great summer to check out this opportunity."
"One of the really amazing things about being a PA for these international students is that I got to learn about all of their different cultures and traditions. It's especially interesting to see how my lifestyle in the United States differs from theirs, even though we are similar in age. I distinctly remember discussing the American healthcare system with a student from the UK; she was in a class that actually discussed the healthcare system in one of her lectures, and we were able to have a great conversation about how the American healthcare system differs from the European healthcare system. Not only was I able to learn, but she learned more than what she could in her WashU course! Moments like these reminded me that these students were here for both intellectual and cultural experiences!
I also loved to go to the different events that we had organized for the students; it was always so amazing to see what they thought about the events. For example, a Cardinals baseball game might seem like a regular outing for American students, but for the international students it was an international experience where they could try new foods (like funnel cakes and nachos!), talk to American Cardinals fans, and learn about one of America's favorite pastimes!
It was always great to see how much the students were willing to learn about and integrate themselves into American and WashU culture!"