Online Experiences This Summer

We are excited to share two new opportunities for summer 2020. The world has changed and though we wish we could be getting on planes to incredible destinations, we are just as excited about supporting students and helping them to grow both personally and professionally in this really unique time!

Leadership in Action

3 week course from Oglethorpe University facilitated by LeadAbroad designed for personal growth and leadership development

Professional Xperience

4 week remote internship run by one of our partners abroad, Xperienceships, designed for professional skill development and resume improvement

We would love to talk with you to help you decide the best path for you.

Leadership in Action Course

The world needs leaders. Every industry, field and family needs compassionate and courageous leaders to guide them through difficult situations. This course is unlike any other course you have taken. It’s about YOU – your strengths, vision and values. It is relevant to the unique times we are currently living in and it will help you to use this time for your personal and professional development.

Taught by one of our most popular LeadAbroad professors, you will get to know fellow students and the LeadAbroad staff. You will hear from leaders around the world. You will discuss perspectives on real world topics and how they apply to your life, community and future. 

Earn 3 hours through Oglethorpe University or opt in to one of the limited audit spots available. This online course will include both recorded and live events. We’ve adapted our highest rated class to engage and develop students unlike any experience they’ve had. Prepare to dive in, work hard, and come out as a better version of yourself.

Dates

May 18 – June 5, 2020

Final paper due June 15, 2020

Price

LeadAbroad program fee: $750

Oglethorpe University Transcript Fee: $600

Syllabus

Download the full sample syllabus here.

What's Included

  • Gain an understanding of leadership theories and practices
  • Analyze successful leaders through contemporary examples
  • Investigate how leaders maintain, gain or lose their influence in the face of trials
  • Virtually interact with leaders from around the world
  • Develop a foundation for leading through self awareness
  • Create a personal leadership action plan for everyday life
  • Coaching from LeadAbroad staff
  • Community group discussions to dive deeper into the topics
  • Stronger sense of self-awareness
  • Improved confidence
  • Renewed sense of purpose and direction

Professor

Dr. Amanda Printz is one of the most popular LeadAbroad professors.  You’ll get to know her, your fellow students and yourself so much better through this course.

“Printz is easily the most impactful professor I have ever had. She never fails to keep you engaged in lecture, so much so that our 3 hour class felt more like 30 minutes. She makes every class feel personal to you. From standing on chairs to falling to her knees on the floor it’s almost impossible to lose focus! Printz felt like more than just a professor, encouraging us in so many ways to be the best version of ourselves we can be.” – Savannah Register, LEAD Greece student from Auburn University

Application

Applications are currently closed. Request to be the first to know about future LeadOnline programs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will this course be different than the ones I take online at my university?

Both the content and delivery of this course are different than most universities. First, the course is about you. It is designed to help you develop as a leader, identify your vision and values and craft a plan to apply that vision to your everyday life. The professor is engaging, empathetic and passionate. Dr. Printz will challenge you in new ways to ensure that you get everything you possibly can out of this course. You won’t be bored watching pre-recorded lectures and answering multiple choice questions. You will be discussing, analyzing, engaging and diving into the most interesting topic we can think of – YOU!

With the facilitation from LeadAbroad, we’ve incorporated the elements of the LeadAbroad promise: support, learning and community. You will get to know your fellow students and LeadAbroad staff throughout this course. You will take the lessons to the next level in personalized community group discussions. And you will feel a sense of community with our creative approaches to online experiences.

Tell me more about the professor.

Dr. Amanda Printz, aka Printz, has taught on LeadAbroad programs for the past 5 years. She is consistently rated as one of our top professors for her engaging lecture style and genuine passion for student learning. Her lectures are timely and relevant and she will challenge you to think critically about your views and leadership style in this course.  Printz is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California and served as the Academic Director on LEAD Greece and GO Rome programs.

How does the credit transfer back to my home university?

This course has the same listing with the Oglethorpe registrar as the courses taught on LEAD Cape Town and LEAD Greece. It can be listed on your transcript from Oglethorpe University as Urban Leadership studies, history, politics or sociology. Check with your university’s registrar to see if there is an established course equivalency for courses from Oglethorpe University. If not, reach out to your academic advisor. Here is the sample syllabus for this course.

Is the class live or recorded?

This course is about you – your strengths, vision and values. In order for it to be impactful, you need to be engaged.  Most of the course will happen live over Zoom. The course will also include breakout sessions, recorded videos and discussion boards. The more you put in, the more you will get out.

What are the projects like?

This course includes a variety of assignments including class participation, course reflections, personal vision paper, one sentence life stories and a final project. Each of these assignments is designed to challenge you to think critically about the leadership curriculum and apply it to your own life. The final project has two components. First, the analysis of a contemporary figure and why you think he/she is a model leader. Second, a discussion of your individual leadership approach and how you align and differ from the contemporary figure you chose for the first part.

What is the attendance policy?

LeadAbroad is committed to the academic integrity of our programs. All students participating in a course will be subject to academic and programmatic consequences for missing class. Excused absences are approved only if the student has a doctor’s note that includes the diagnosis and confirmation that the student needed to be seen immediately. Each unexcused absence will impact a student’s final grade in the course. In addition, if a student has 2 unexcused absences a notification will be sent to them and their emergency contact letting them know that they are on probation. If a student has 3 unexcused absences or 20% of the class the student will be dismissed and receive an automatic failing grade.

“What has stuck with me most is this newfound awareness that I have for the people around me, the world, and for myself”

– Dani Squire, Leadership in Action alumni

Professional Xperience

This Professional Xperience program blends 3 micro-internship projects with structured training to ensure maximum impact for you and your professional development. You’ll work in a small team as consultants for international organizations in helping them improve their brand storytelling, designing influencer strategies and boosting their visual communication. All while developing the skills and know how to source and secure an internship on your own terms.

Throughout this program, you will learn transferable skills, gain work experience and boost your self-brand.

This internship program is operated by a trusted partner, Xperienceships. They have worked with thousands of students and young adults to help them discover their passions and build a career. We’ve had many students thrive though our partnership with them and continue to utilize their staff as mentors, both personally and professionally. We know you will have a great experience with their team!

For the full details on this program, check out the Professional Xperience here!

Dates

May 18 – June 12, 2020

Price

Xperienceship Fee: $1,500

What's Included

  • 3 consulting projects focused on real business challenges to improve your problem solving and creativity. Topics include storytelling, influencer strategy and visual communication.
  • Focus on self-branding to stand out in future job and internship searches
  • Networking with international organizations
  • Weekly presentations to client stakeholders
  • Small group breakout projects
  • Coaching from Xperienceship staff
  • Support from LeadAbroad team
  • Community group discussions
  • Improved LinkedIn profile
  • Resume assistance
  • References for internships, jobs and positions on campus
  • Global networking community

Application

This program is operated by a partner abroad, Xperienceships. Applications for this session are closed. Check out other programs and dates below!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I pay for an online internship?

This international internship allows you to develop your professional skills and stand out from the crowd when you apply for future roles.  This program is a way to learn transferable skills, gain real work experience and develop your professional brand. Unlike other internships where you are simply matched with an organization with no oversight or coaching, this program has personalized mentoring and real time feedback so you can develop more skills in less time. At the end, you will have 3 quality work products to add to your professional portfolio and LinkedIn profile.

What is an xperience and how does it differ from an internship?

An xperience is a term coined by our partner, Xperienceships. Their programs are focused on real world work experience to help you gain transferable skills and own your career. Internships often involve menial tasks and coffee runs so you are removed from the real business stakeholders. This program puts you in direct contact with the clients working on actual business challenges. 

How much time do I need to commit to be successful?

The more you put in, the more you get out. We recommend a minimum of 4 hours per day. Typically, 2 hours will be with your coach to discuss the project, feedback and challenges and 2 hours will be working with your small group on your specific project. It is important to plan on investing significant time and energy in order to be successful in this program. 

What majors are the best fit for this Xperience?

This Xperience is open to all majors. No matter what your course of study at your home university, you will gain real world business experience that applies to a variety of industries. This virtual experience is designed for college-age students who have an interest in marketing, public relations, communication and business.

Can I get a letter of recommendation?

Just like a traditional internship, your performance in the internship will determine the outcomes. We will be happy to write enthusiastic letters of recommendation for engaged, thoughtful and committed participants.

What does a sample project look like?

You will be completing real world client work focused on three different projects. The projects focus on storytelling, influencer strategy and visual communication. For each project, you will work with your small team to create your point of view and deliver a presentation to deliver to the clients.

How can I leverage this on my resume?

At the end of the Xperienceship, you will have three professional projects to add to your portfolio. We recommend that you post and share these on your LinkedIn profile and include a description of this experience on your resume. We will be happy to help coach you on how to add this unique professional experience to you resume!

What is the attendance policy?

Active participation is required in this Xperienceship. In order to get the most out of this, you need to be prepared to dive in, work hard and have an incredible professional experience. We understand that emergencies come up, but it’s important to be committed to the experienceship and the work.

“I cannot express enough how much this team changed my perspective on how I solve problems and what success for myself looks like. They challenged me to think about things in a different way than I was used to and helped me grow into an outside-of-the-box thinker. I am a post grad and two years into my career and I still think back on the lessons I learned from Andreu and Neil and use them in my everyday life!”

– Katie Skipper, Internship alumni

“I cannot express enough how much this team changed my perspective on how I solve problems and what success for myself looks like. They challenged me to think about things in a different way than I was used to and helped me grow into an outside-of-the-box thinker. I am a post grad and two years into my career and I still think back on the lessons I learned from Andreu and Neil and use them in my everyday life!”

– Katie Skipper, Internship alumni

About LeadAbroad

LeadAbroad is an innovative, purpose-driven organization focused on leading transformative experiences at home and abroad. By leading transformative experiences, LeadAbroad believes we can change lives, impact communities and create a better world.

We know the power of moments; those moments that inspire you to dream the impossible, give more than you knew you could and contemplate your life’s purpose. Our experiences, coupled with a personal development curriculum, are uniquely designed to engage students wherever they are in life, expose them to new ideas and life-changing experiences and equip them with the tools to make a difference in their community and the world.

To meet students’ needs in the current environment, we’ve adapted our organization and paths for this summer. While we are hopeful we can return to offering transformative experiences abroad soon, we have heard from so many of our students that they are looking for a purposeful way to spend their time this summer. We’re excited to connect with students this summer – online.