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. 

SAI Leadership Mentors will have the following responsibilities:

  • Complete some of the standard Ambassador duties, as well as additional higher-level projects
  • Provide ongoing training and support for new ambassadors
  • Work with the SAI University Relations team on recruitment initiatives for prospective students and ambassadors
  • Develop resource materials and content for SAI Ambassador program
  • Participate in professional development webinars and events
  • Attend training sessions with different SAI business units

Why Participate?

  • 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.
  • All Ambassadors who have completed at least one year of the SAI Ambassador program will automatically be considered for the Leadership Mentor Program.

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

Brianna Adkins
Indiana University of Pennsylvania / Florence University of the Arts / Spring 2020

What did you learn about yourself while you were abroad?
Everyone says that you learn to be more independent and self-sufficient when you go abroad, and they are right. I learned that sometimes it is nice to do things solo and that I am capable of handling confusing and, at times, stressful situations. Study abroad definitely amplified my desire to explore, learn history, connect with art, and learn a second language. It made me realize my propensity to fall in love with a place… what a wonderful place Florence is to fall in love with.


Logan Dawes
Bethany University/ Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona / Spring 202

How has studying abroad changed your future goals?
Studying abroad showed me how much I love traveling. Before my time abroad, I had only been on a plane once before. This just showed me how much of the world there is to see and that I wanted to see it. I want to experience all of the world and different cultures.


Caroline Elliot
Belmont University / John Cabot University, Rome / Spring 2020

How has studying abroad changed or shaped your future goals?
I have always been unsure about what career I want to pursue. After studying abroad, I realized that I want to work in the international education field or live in Europe for a few years after graduation. I learned that I love living in a different country, interacting with people from different cultures, and through the ambassador experience, I have learned that I love informing others about how to study abroad and why they should.


Megan Forbes
Virginia Commonwealth University / Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona / Spring 2020

What did you learn about yourself while you were abroad?
I gained a lot of confidence and passion while I was abroad. Throw yourself into this experience and you will do life-changing things. The people I met and the things I saw have shaped me into who I am today.


Anneliese Taggart
University of Alabama / Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona / Spring 2020

What does your study abroad experience mean to you?
My study abroad experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that symbolizes new friendships, attaining more knowledge than I thought possible, and exploring the world. It was easily one of the best experiences of my life thus far.