Five Ways to Market Your Global Experience

This article was published on the Duke Global website on August 28, 2019 (LINK).

Duke experts offer advice on how international experience can enhance your career.

-By Alexis Owens

Global experience could be what sets you apart from others while applying for a job or post-graduate studies. Below, our campus experts outline five ways to gain international experience and apply it to your career goals.

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1. Create global networks

Making global connections can start on social media, says Marion Pratt, director of global careers at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Students can use their social media platforms to create global connections with others, document their experiences and keep up-to-date with global topics.

“Take full advantage of social media platforms to connect with and follow like-minded people,” Pratt says. “Ask for informational interviews with people in jobs that interest you, or if you know them well and they are willing to let you, shadow them for a day at their job.”

Here are some additional tips Pratt offers to help build your global network:

  • Keep up with the international news, such as The Economist, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal.
  • Volunteer to assist local immigrant and refugee organizations.
  • Go to international food and craft fairs.


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2. Utilize local resources

Making global connections can start right in North Carolina. Amanda Frederick, assistant director for Duke University Center for International & Global Studies, encourages students to not only use campus resources, but to branch out locally, as well.

Here are some resources that Frederick recommends:

Visit the Global Education Office (GEO) to learn about the activities and programs they offer. Speak with GEO advisors, study away ambassadors and peer advisors about study away opportunities and the benefits of off-campus study.

  • Visit Duke’s International House to learn more about how to join campus international groups and connect with international students.
  • Connect with faculty from abroad or faculty who conduct programs abroad.
  • Join community organizations and groups, such as Raleigh Sister Cities and International Focus.


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3. Start with small steps

“Even seasoned travelers are sometimes nervous about traveling!” Marion Pratt says. “Try your first overseas experiences in small doses to build up your confidence.”

Do plenty of research before picking a study away or work abroad destination, says Pratt, because being prepared for your trip can help alleviate some of your worries.

Here is some more advice from Pratt for would-be global travelers:

  • Take short volunteer or language training trips to nearby countries, such as Latin America or Caribbean nations.
  • Reach out to the Duke Career Center for guidance on internships and work opportunities.


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4. Highlight your experiences

There are several ways having international experience can make students more employable in the job market, according to Amanda Frederick. For example, students can provide examples from their study abroad experience and explain how those skills or qualities may relate or be beneficial in the position to which they are applying.

Here are some skills and qualities Frederick suggests:

  • Identifying and solving problems (crisis management)
  • Able to learn quickly in a new environment
  • Seeking opportunity for continuous learning
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity


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5. Apply your learned skills

Employers anticipate finding certain skills and traits when global experience is mentioned, but it is the student’s responsibility to identify what they learned, says William Wright-Swadel, assistant vice president for student affairs. Having the experience creates opportunity, he adds, and with opportunity, you are able to gain valuable skills you can apply.

“Most employers anticipate international experience will create, in candidates, an awareness of and an appreciation for difference, an ability to engage and to learn in different environments and a willingness to take some risk in securing the answers necessary to make decisions,” Wright-Swadel says.

Here’s more from Wright-Swadel on what employers hope to find in candidates with international experience:

  • Individuals with different perspectives, communication styles and problem-solving processes
  • Candidates who will demonstrate the ability to become a leader
  • A manager who will effectively unite a diverse team in accomplishing organizational goals

Fall 2018 – Wednesdays at the Center

Wednesdays at the Center (W@TC) is a topical weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work in conversation with the audience. This semester the John Hope Franklin Center is proud to collaborate with partners across Duke and throughout the larger academic community to present a discipline diverse series.

Join us on Wednesdays throughout the semester from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in the Franklin Center’s Ahmadiah Family Conference Hall, room 240. A light lunch is served at each event.

September 5, 2018 –

The Geopolitics of Conspiracy from Turkey to Trump

with Erdağ Göknar, Ph.D.

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September 12, 2018 –

By Hook or by Crook: Understanding China’s Shifting Environmental Policy Landscape

with Jackson Ewing, Ph.D.

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September 19, 2018 –

The Invisible “Jungle” of Calais

with  Eric Leleu, Vincent Joos, Ph.D., Helen Solterer, Ph.D.

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September 26, 2018 –

Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition

with Omid Safi, Ph.D.

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October 3, 2018 –

Betraying the Spectacle

with Rashida James-Saadiya

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October 17, 2018 –

The Role of the Mexican Consulate in Bridging Gaps in North Carolina

with Consul General Remedios Gómez Arnau

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October 24, 2018 –

“It’s On” How American Mothers Are Changing the Conversation about Guns

with Kaaren Haldeman

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October 31, 2018 –

Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum

with Deborah Reisinger, Ph.D., Edgar Virguez, Maha Houssami, Yan Liu, Ph.D.

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November 7, 2018 –

Lost Stages and Words: A Historical Perspective of Ottoman and Turkish Theater  

with Özlem Karadag, Özge Ertem, Ebru Nihan Celkan

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November 14, 2018 –

Meeting Neurosurgical Disparities in East Africa: The 4Ts Approach

with Dr. Michael Haglund, M.D.

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November 28, 2018 –

Health is Everyone’s Business: A United Nations Global Compact Platform to Address the SDG3

with Deborah Gallagher, Ph.D., Temis Coral

learn more>>

Drivers of Global Change with Thomas A. Shannon Jr.


Thomas A. Shannon Jr., undersecretary of state for political affairs, spoke at Duke University on Thursday, Feb. 1 on the current state of the foreign policy. This video clip outlines the four factors driving global change.

Shannon’s talk, “Buckle Up: Global Foreign Policy Trends and American Diplomacy,” was hosted by the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies, the Duke University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy.

Spring 2017 Awards, Grants, & Scholarships

The Franklin Center’s area studies programs support and administer several awards, grants, and scholarships for Duke undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Below is a list of opportunities all with upcoming deadlines. Click the links for more information and to apply.


This merit-based scholarship supports full-time students in the Duke in China summer program. Preference is given to students demonstrating a strong and sustained interest in Chinese and China Studies as well as those with no other sources of financial aid. 

Faculty needing assistance to cover travel expenses for presenting on East or Southeast Asian topics at conferences and professional meetings may apply for up to $700 from APSI.

Provides graduate students working on international research topics with funding for travel to archival and research sites inside and outside the continental United States, for attendance at specialized conferences, or for foreign language & methods training. Awards range from $500 to $2,500.

Provides funding for full-time Duke undergraduate students to complement their classwork with research experience in different social and cultural settings. On average, DUCIGS makes five awards of up to $2,000 each annually.

With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, DUMESC invites undergraduates and graduate students to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. The awards provide stipends of $2,500 each plus remission of tuition and registration fees up to $5,000 for one summer session. DUMESC awards FLAS fellowships for the study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Full-time graduate and professional school students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply to engage in language and area studies training on Latin America and Caribbean.  Priority:  Less commonly taught languages. 


This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The student’s application must be submitted through the appropriate channels at his/her university, and transmitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) by the university’s Project Director.

APSI provides merit-based tuition fellowships to East Asian Studies MA students. All students applying to the program are considered for first-year funding during the application process; no separate application is needed. Students should apply for the second-year award of a $10,000, one-semester grant in the spring semester of their first year.

These awards provide opportunities for Duke undergraduates to complement class work with research experience in Latin America and the Caribbean (includes Puerto Rico and US-Mexico border region).  The awards are open to all fields and subjects.  Approximately 10 awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each will be offered. 

This grant supports student projects with the goal of furthering Asian-American understanding, as well as funding need-based grants for students to study in Asia. Duke undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

Special consideration will be given to projects connected with Asian-American relations, Asian-American cultural or legal issues, and women’s issues, but any project designed to meet a need and which encourages student leadership initiative will be considered.

Limited funding is available to full-time Duke students who plan to go to Japan or Korea to study a language. Priority is given to students who 1) wish to continue language study after finishing Duke University’s language requirement of three semesters, 2) are majoring or minoring in Japanese, Korean, or AMES, and 3) have arranged affiliations with local institutions in Japan or Korea.

The maximum award will be $1500.

The award is not need-based; however, should the recipient be on financial aid, the amount of the scholarship will be used to reduce the self-help portion of the financial aid award. The award is given to the student(s) who best embody the ideals and interests that Sirena held. Preference for the award will be given to students who:

• Are of Asian ancestry, preferably Chinese-American
• Have made a valuable contribution in the area of East-West culture, and
• Have demonstrated academic excellence

Full-time Duke sophomores and juniors may receive up to $2,500 to conduct research in China, Japan or Korea. Priority will be given to students who 1) will conduct research for a senior thesis; 2) whose projects have a high probability of developing into a senior thesis, and 3) who have done some preliminary work and have arranged affiliations with local institutions for the research.


Grants of up to $3,000 are given to support research beginning in the summer and concluding by June 30 of the following year. Priority will be given to:

• Junior faculty or those with low/no alternate funding sources

• Faculty needing to travel to conduct East or Southeast Asia research

• Faculty who have not recently received APSI funding

• Faculty who have done conspicuous service for APSI


APSI annually provides up to $3,000 in funding for research clusters that promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural inquiry and collaboration among East and Southeast Asian studies faculty and students at Duke University and other Triangle area universities.


Health and Healing in Africa

s17_history205Course numbers: HISTORY 205.01, GLHLTH 201.01

Course codes: CCI, STS, CIV, SS

Course description:

“Health and Healing in Africa” introduces students to how people in various parts of Africa experienced, explained, and treated “health” and “illness” before and during contact with biomedicine. We will examine how people chose, and continue to choose, from multiple etiologies and therapies, including biomedicine. The course stresses the particular historical contexts—i.e., the specifics of time and place—that shaped systems of health and healing. In particular, we will query the connections between illness, healing, and various forms of power including the powers of colonial states, nation-states, and the global post-colonial order.

Instructor: Professor Jan Ewald

Professor Ewald’s specialty in the history of Africa led her, in both teaching and research, to explore how Africans participated in the major currents of world history since about 1700. Professor Ewald’s book “Soldiers, Traders, and Slaves: State Formation and Economic Transformation in the Greater Nile Valley, 1700-1885” uses oral traditions as well as written sources to reconstruct how people in a dangerous frontier zone responded to predatory empires, commercial capitalism, slave raiding, and militant Islam. The book, as well as several articles, analyzes not only how people constructed a small kingdom but also how they continually reconstructed their memories of that kingdom.

Following the paths of slaves from the Nile valley led Professor Ewald to the shores of the Indian Ocean and beyond. Professor Ewald in now working on a second major project, “Motley Crews: Indian and African Seafarers on English Vessels in the Indian Ocean, c. 1600-1900.” This project analyzes two forms of labor control–indentures and slavery–in a maritime setting. Not only Africans, but also Asians and Europeans, are the main actors; center stage is the Indian Ocean bounded by the crescent of shore from Bombay through the Arabian coast to the African Swahili coast; the action takes lace in the tumultuous centuries, especially after 1750, when a system of slavery rose and fell; Asian and African autonomy gave way to European dominance; and steam engines replaced sailing vessels on the ocean

Indigenous Resistance & Revolution: Mexico and Central America

Course Numbers: LATAMER 490S, ROMST 490S, ICS 490S, CULANTH 490S


Course code: CCI, EI, CZ, SS


Course description:

Interdisciplinary study of geographical, historical, economic, governmental, political, and cultural aspects of modern Latin America and the current issues facing the region.

Instructor: Dr. Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj

Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj is the 2017 Mellon Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University. She is an indigenous rights activist, journalist, and social anthropologist from Guatemala. She is the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology and she initiated the court case that made racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala.

Global Asia Initiative

In the spring of 2016, Duke University’s Global Asia Initiative (GAI) launched its program on campus. GAI director, Professor Prasenjit Duara outlines the initiative’s mission in the above video.

GAI joined the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) Inter-Asian Connections program as a Coordinating Partner and a hub for nodal research activities in March 2016.  The SSRC project has been active together with its coordinating partners in National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University, Yale University, Gottingen University and several other sponsoring partners across the world since 2008. It has held five international conferences and funded the research of over 50 junior scholars since then. By working closely with this global research network, it is hoped that Duke’s GAI, drawing on the resources of Duke and the Triangle area, will become one of its most important hubs in the US.

Global Asia Initiative website




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