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Cultural Fellows

Cultural Fellows 2019-2020 Cohort

Established in 2016 as one of FIT’s key strategic international initiatives, FIT’s Cultural Fellows program offers international students and students with extensive international experience the opportunity to work on campus in educational contexts, such as international student orientation and co-curricular events, which draw on that rich international experience. Cultural Fellows are enlisted for buddy and mentor/mentee outreach to new international students, help in facilitating events hosted by International Student Services and the Office of International Programs, assist in international-related social media and video development, partner with faculty to share their international perspectives, and engage in a variety of other related activities.

Cultural Fellows help foster a more inclusive experience for the entire FIT community by contributing their international perspectives to expand and enrich FIT’s educational environment, making intercultural experiences more accessible for all.

Mission
The Cultural Fellows program promotes international and intercultural experiences through activities that bring together FIT students, staff, and faculty to:

  • Broaden our community’s global perspectives and awareness
  • Foster an ethos of inclusiveness
  • Empower international students and students with extensive international experience by raising their visibility on campus

Program Goals
The Cultural Fellows program seeks to:

  • Foster a richer FIT experience for the entire community through meaningful engagement among international students, study abroad students, the general student population, and faculty and staff
  • Contribute international perspectives and expertise to the FIT community
  • Expand and enrich the FIT educational environment to become more global and make inclusive intercultural experiences more accessible
  • Provide leadership opportunities Cultural Fellows can use in their professional and local communities

Learning Outcomes
Cultural Fellows will be able to:

  • Contribute international perspectives and expertise to the FIT community
  • Mentor international students as they adjust to FIT and New York City and/or assist study abroad students as they prepare for or process a study abroad experience
  • Develop intercultural elements for programs and events
  • Engage students, faculty, and staff through conversations, presentations, and programs designed to promote intercultural competence
  • Facilitate dialogue in FIT classrooms regarding global and intercultural experiences

Becoming a Cultural Fellow
Apply today!
Deadline to apply: February 7, 2020

Cultural Fellow Qualifications:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in good disciplinary standing with the College
  • Be an international student, have studied abroad in college, or possess significant experience living or working abroad
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn about FIT—its people, programs, and community
  • Enjoy speaking and sharing experiences with others
  • Be open to speaking in front of groups and working with faculty
  • Be available for Cultural Fellows Training and Events
  • Commit to program participation through May 2021

Program Benefits:

  • Salary – $15 per hour (subject to change)
  • Opportunities to develop public speaking, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Opportunities for classroom presentations and serving as a faculty resource
  • Build your FIT network
  • Cultural Fellows gear

Job Description:   
Cultural Fellows have the opportunity to select work assignments that fit their schedules; however, they should expect to participate in the following:              

  • March 27, 2020 – Cultural Fellows Training (mandatory)
  • April 18-19, 2020 – Tiger Leader Training (mandatory)
  • August 19-21, 2020 – Cultural Fellows Training (mandatory)
  • August 23-28, 2020 – Fall International & Exchange Student Orientations (mandatory)
  • January 19-22, 2021 – Spring International & Exchange Student Orientations (mandatory)
  • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 International Student Services & Office of International Programs Events
  • Language Exchanges
  • Assist in social media and prearrival mentor/mentee outreach for international & exchange students
  • Engage with faculty for Cultural Fellows in the Classroom activities
  • Help recruit other Cultural Fellows
  • Other related activities to be determined

Cultural Fellows must attend mandatory training March 27, April 18-19, and August 19-21, 2020, and will meet regularly throughout the fall and spring semesters for regular updates, additional training, and scheduling of assignments. All program participants will also participate in an evaluation and assessment process.

Selection Process:
After submitting the CF application, applicants will be contacted to sign up for an interview, to be scheduled through mid-February 2020. Students selected to be Cultural Fellows will be notified by email. 

Questions:  For more information, please contact International Student Services in B103, by phone at 212 217.3700, or by email at [email protected].

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