One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
International Ambassador Program
“When I was a freshman, the International Ambassadors made me feel welcome at ND and gave me a vision of what my four years could look like. I wanted to be able to pass on the torch to others by becoming an IA. Through the experience, I have not only felt a deeper connection to the international community on campus but also developed my teamwork, mentoring and organizing skills.” - CJ (Caleb) Pine, Valedictorian, Class of 2017, Arabic and Peace Studies
About the International Ambassador program
International Ambassadors (IAs) are a select group of University of Notre Dame students, both international and American, undergraduate and graduate, who serve as ISSA's student leadership team. Not only do the IAs provide an initial connection pre-arrival, but they also guide students through the early social and culture adjustments. The IAs continue to help shape programming that encourages the building of relationships and elevates the success of internationalization efforts on campus.
Interested in becoming an IA?
Applications for the 2018-2019 International Ambassador Team are OPEN! Click here to access the application.
- Attend the International Ambassador Banquet in April 2018
- Participate in a three-day training retreat in August 2018
- Welcome new students at the two-day International Student Orientation in August 2018
- Serve on one of three leadership committees throughout 2018-19: International Taste of South Bend @ND (fall), Global Café (6 times a year), and Student Safety Summits (fall/spring).
- Actively participate in other NDI – ISSA activities including: monthly dinner meetings, Family Friendship Program Kick-off dinner (fall), assist with new IA interviews (spring), participate in discussions with NDI Senior Leadership and welcome international visitors to campus.
- Welcoming, friendly, and enthusiastic, with an appreciation of diverse cultures and people
- Excited about opportunities that offer great communication
- ND students in good academic standing
- Flexible with their schedule, prioritize planning and attending ISSA events
- Strong leaders and patient listeners
- Available to participate in a three-day training retreat and international student orientation each August
- Committed to supporting internationalization at Notre Dame
Benefits of being an IA
In being a part of this team you will expand your communication skills, make friends from all over the globe, and enhance your leadership and networking skills.
When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.