Leadership Mentor Program

SAI Leadership Mentors are students who have completed one year of the SAI Ambassador Program and are looking to engage more with SAI and the International Education field. This program provides SAI alumni with the opportunity to enhance their professional portfolio while working alongside professionals and learning more about the field. SAI Leadership Mentors will acquire knowledge from all divisions of SAI; sharing and analyzing their SAI experience in order to improve current programs and correspondence with students. They will be encouraged to be creative in developing strategies that would be effective in recruitment, campus globalizations initiatives, social media, and other areas of SAI. In addition to a $200 stipend, a performance award certificate will be provided for the top-performing Leadership Mentor.

In addition to some of the standard Ambassador duties, SAI Leadership Mentors will have the following responsibilities:

  • Attend SAI training sessions with different business units
  • Work with the SAI University Relations team on recruitment initiatives for prospective students and ambassadors
  • Develop resource materials and participate in ongoing training of new ambassadors
  • Attend/view professional development webinars
  • Conduct an informational interview with someone in field of interest
  • Complete a Leadership Portfolio

Why to Apply

  • Program is an ideal fit for students looking for responsibilities beyond those of the SAI Ambassador program, and students interested in a career in international education.
  • Leadership Mentors will be provided with a variety of different professional development opportunities such as webinars and resume reviews.
  • Leadership Mentors are eligible for one of two 5-week, paid internship opportunity, including accommodation, at SAI’s headquarters in Sonoma County, CA or a NAFSA Regional Conference.
  • Internship bearing credit (dependent upon home university protocol)

How to Apply to Become an SAI Leadership Mentor

  • Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. Applicants must: be currently be enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian university; and have successfully completed one year of the SAI Ambassador Program.
  • Submit the online SAI Leadership Mentor Application, including the short answer essay questions. The deadline for the Leadership Mentor Program is August 15th.
  • Look out for an email from the SAI Leadership Mentor Coordinator about two weeks after submitting your application.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the SAI Leadership Mentor Coordinator at lmp@saiprograms.com.

Katrina Syrakos
Katrina Syrakos
Fitchburg State College

During this past Spring semester of my sophomore year, I spent my time living, learning, and interning in Sorrento, Italy. SAI presented me with the opportunity to intern before I was even aware that it was an option for me. Everything that SAI was involved in made my transition to living in a foreign country more manageable and enjoyable. Even the roommate pairings were perfect!
The courses that are offered at Sant’Anna Institute immediately stuck out to me during my search. I am a criminal justice major and was both thrilled and surprised to discover a course centered on international crime.
Because of my semester abroad, I have formed countless relationships with students from all over the United States, as well as with many local Italians, and other Europeans through my extensive travels. I now have the confidence and skills to interact with all kinds of people in all kinds of places. Studying abroad is an irreplaceable experience and I look forward to helping other college students get the most out of their semester(s) abroad.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.