Education Abroad (EA)


Supporting Neurodiverse Students in the International Internship Process

Wednesday, November 13
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Baltimore

The number of neurodiverse students enrolled at US colleges and universities is increasing. As international education professionals, we are asked to support students of all abilities, but we sometimes do not have the proper training or resources to do so. Unique challenges arise in the case of international internship placements. An international internship affords students the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally.  Through these experiences, students develop professionally relevant skills for their chosen field, along with career readiness competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, and oral and written communication skills. Finding and securing an internship can prove to be a difficult task for a student on their own, and this process can be even more difficult and present unique challenges for neurodiverse students. This session will address the internship preparation process from the standpoint of a program provider and U.S university partner. We will present international internship best practices, and how this process can be adapted to assist neurodiverse students.

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Jennifer Crystle

Assistant Director
Marymount University

Jen has worked in the field of international education for over 5 years. She is currently the Assistant Director in the Center for Global Education at Marymount University. Jen holds a MA in International Educational Development from Columbia University, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Education Policy at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


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Maureen Dour

Learning Specialist - Access Services
Marymount University

Maureen is the Learning Specialist within Student Access Services at Marymount University’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She earned a BA in economics at Villanova University and will complete her MS in Leadership and Management from Marymount University this December. Maureen has worked in higher education for the past ten years. As Marymount’s Learning Specialist she assists students with learning, psychological and physical disabilities, to include neurodiverse students, understand their strengths and challenges, and use various techniques for academic success. Maureen encourages the students she works with to plan for, and participate in, study abroad opportunities.


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Seth Weil

Assistant Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic
CEA Study Abroad

Seth Weil is a Regional University Relations Director at CEA Study Abroad. He graduated from Juniata College with a B.S. in Biopsychology where he studied abroad in Australia, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic. Through these experineces, Seth developed a passion for working in International Education in order to provide these same experiences to other students. Seth has more than six years of professional experience in education abroad programming and administration. In his role at CEA Seth manages relationships with college\university partners, leads strategic enrollment initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region, and works with students to make study abroad a reality.


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