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February 28, 2018: Internships for Summer and Fall

Wednesday, February 28, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Monday at Port Fonda for our Global Experience program on the international implications of the 2018 Olympics. Dr. Tom Patterson facilitated a fascinating conversation on topics like national identity, the possibility of peace, and justified expense, and participants left with a broader understanding of some of the issues at play. Stay tuned for information on future Global Experience events.

Once again we've posted opportunities for university students to grow in their professional skills and apply their learning through an internship with the IRC. We love our interns and the extraordinary enthusiasm and capabilities they bring with them, and we look forward to adding to our team in the summer and fall. Please share these opportunities » with university students you know and note the deadline of Friday, March 16.

Teams continue to sign up for the WorldQuest trivia night on Thursday, April 5, and we hope that your group of eight will be next. It's the perfect night on the town for four couples, team-building activity for work colleagues, or chance to network with other globally minded individuals from around Kansas City. The cost of admission includes parking, dinner, drinks, and six rounds of challenging yet fun trivia. Please register your team soon as we anticipate a full crowd this year. Read more and register »

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards,
Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

Each week, the World Affairs Councils of America publishes a digest of news stories covering topics from around the world. This week's edition focuses on China's embrace of authoritarianism, defending democracy, Syria's worsening war, Italy's vote, and takeaways from the 2018 Olympics. Read more »

This week, the IRC's World Citizen Blog reflects on time spent in study abroad ». We welcome blog contributions from IRC members and friends. If you are interested in writing a blog post, please review some frequently asked questions », where you'll also find out how to submit your post.

Antoine Precheur, Programs Intern
Antoine Precheur is a student-athlete at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Currently a sophomore, he plans on majoring in Finance and minoring in Entrepreneurship. Antoine started working as a waiter in a restaurant in Paris. He is now organizing events at his university. In the future, he wants to reach the professional level in soccer or to be an international manager. Bilingual and having left France for the U.S. when he was 18, Antoine has experienced very diverse environments through the different teams he has played on. Antoine likes to travel around the world to learn about different cultures and to visit his family.

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Institute on Economics + International Affairs in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with George Mason University, the program is an eight-week summer academic intern program that offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at international affairs through an internship placement with an international NGO, foreign embassy or policy organization; courses for credit in international economics and U.S. foreign policy; exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars; and housing in the heart of Washington, D.C. Students should apply by March 13 for admission and scholarship consideration. Learn more »

The word Sabla in Omani Arabic dialect refers to places in communities where people gather to receive hospitality. Sabla also serves as a meeting place to discuss important public issues. The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's Sabla Program is an intensive summer language program designed to benefit current university-level students and recent graduates. The program emphasized the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The program runs for five weeks, offering highly intensive coursework in Arabic. Scholarships are available. Apply by May 6, 2018Read more »

The Foreign Policy Association is seeking high school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute. Teachers chosen will reflect geographically diverse high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis. Join them for four days of strengthening skills in teaching global affairs, exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom, building professional support networks, and developing International Studies curricula. Applications are due Friday, March 30Read more »

IRC members are remarkable individuals and organizations who bring considerable international experience, connections, and curiosity to our network and offer unique perspectives and contributions – in some cases, for decades! To help members get to know one another and to celebrate our members' many efforts, we've started highlighting individual and organizational members in the IRC newsletter and on the website. If you know someone who deserves the spotlight, or if you wish to share your own story, please submit this form ». We look forward to getting to know our IRC members!


IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: Israeli National Security – Thursday, March 1 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
National security has been at the forefront of the Israeli experience for seven decades, with threats ranging from terrorism, to vast rocket and missile arsenals, and even existential nuclear dangers. Yet, despite its overwhelming preoccupation with foreign and defense affairs, Israel does not have a formal national defense strategy.  In Israeli National Security, Chuck Freilich presents an authoritative analysis of the military, diplomatic, demographic, and societal challenges Israel faces today, to propose a comprehensive and long-term Israeli national security strategy.  Join next month's Cover to Cover to discuss Chuck Freilich's new book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change. The IRC is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity as a benefit for IRC members. To check your membership status or register for the call, please contact Matthew ».

Registration Open
WorldQuest: Dinner, Drinks, & Global Trivia – Thursday, April 5 – 6-9 p.m. – UMKC's Pierson Auditorium
Spring will soon arrive and, with it, WorldQuest, the IRC's much-anticipated annual trivia night! Join fellow world enthusiasts on Thursday, April 5, for friendly competition and fabulous prizes – all to support a worthy cause. Your $45 ticket ($360/table of 8) covers parking, dinner, drinks, and trivia. Additional contributions (in advance or that evening) are most welcome and will support the IRC's global-education efforts. Sponsorships are available and include prime seating for a table of eight, your logo on the website and event signage, recognition from stage, and your logo displayed during one round of trivia questions. Read more and register »

An incredible network of experienced professionals, travelers, and internationalists in the Kansas City metro area make up the IRC community. With this in mind, the IRC Speakers Bureau facilitates connections between these experts and local organizations, schools, and businesses who are interested in having them speak or present at their events. Many current IRC members are eligible to join the Speakers Bureau as speakers, and the service is free for IRC member organizations. Click here » to learn more, sign up to be a speaker, or request a speaker for your upcoming event.


Great Decisions groups give internationally minded individuals throughout the metro area an opportunity to connect as they explore topics of global significance. Groups affiliated with the IRC set a regular meeting time and location, often over a meal, and use materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association to lead dynamic discussions. More information about the Great Decisions program, including how to order materials and where and when groups meet, is available here ». Topics for 2018 include the waning of Pax Americana, Russia, China: eco nomic power and geopolitics, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, the U.S. defense budget, South Africa, and global health.

To purchase 2018 materials (for delivery in January 2018), please click here »


Have an idea for an IRC topic, program, or speaker? We'd love to hear from you! Please complete this form » as often as ideas come to you, and share it with others who might be interested. We may contact you for more information, and you may see your idea in a future IRC program or publication.

Does your business or organization have an upcoming event that could be of interest to IRC members? To have your event considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

How Film Captures the Roles of Women in War and Peace », presented by USIP and Avila University
Thursday, March 8 – 8:30-11 a.m. – via webcast – Thornhill Gallery in Dallavis Hall at Avila University

Leaders of Tomorrow Summit », presented by CGSC Foundation and K-State
Thursday, March 8 – 8:30-12:30 – K-State Olathe Campus

International Women's Day: Celebrating Global Advances in Women's Rights, presented by UNA Women
Thursday, March 8 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – The Basha Cuisine (Overland Park)

NAFTA's Impact on Our Economy », presented by the World Trade Council of Wichita
Thursday, March 8 – 6-8:30 p.m. – Wichita Marriott Hotel

Keeping Your Heart in Care: Cultural Experiences in Palliative Care and Beyond, presented by KU Medical Center
Thursday, March 22 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Ad Astra Room, HEB (KUMC)

Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival »
Saturday, April 14 – 11-5:30 – KCKCC Athletic Field House

Comida KC: A World Tour of Latin Flavors », presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, April 26 – Union Station

2018 Diplomatic Ball », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission
Saturday, April 28 – Sheraton Crown Center

Global Table », presented by JVS
Sunday, April 29 – 6-8 p.m. – Oakwood Country Club

Discover Global Markets », presented by the U.S. Commercial Service
April 30 to May 2 – Kansas City

Go Global KC Luncheon, presented by World Trade Center–Kansas City
Wednesday, June 6

Do you know of a volunteer opportunity that would allow IRC members to work with individuals from a variety of countries and cultures or that focuses on international topics or global issues? To have the opportunity considered for inclusion in the Volunteer Center or future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

Please click here » to visit the IRC Volunteer Center for more information on one-time and ongoing opportunities to support the IRC and other international initiatives.

Hosts Needed for Chinese Model United Nations Team
JCCC’s partner college in China will send its Model United Nations team to JCCC en route to the international competition in New York. These bright and motivated “Model UNers” are a pleasure to talk with and always a pleasure to host.  If you would like a brief and rewarding international experience, please consider hosting 1 or 2 of these students. They will arrive the afternoon of Monday, March 19, and depart the morning of Friday, March 23. During their time at JCCC, the students will be kept busy all day, so hosts will only be responsible for providing their student(s) with dinner and breakfast and getting them back and forth to JCCC during their stay. For more information, please contact Suzanne Maheu at ».

PREP-KC Seeks Volunteers to Mentor Students
For more information, contact PREP-KC ». To register for an opportunity, click here ».

  • Career Jumping is a fast-paced career exploration experience (set up like speed-dating) where professionals talk with 3-5 students in eight-minute increments to share their career stories. We are seeking professionals from all fields.
  • Mad City Money is a "game of life" designed to increase students' financial literacy. We are needing volunteers from all backgrounds to staff booths regarding topics including mortgage, transportation, daycare, and others. Directions for each booth will be provided to volunteers upon arrival. MCM is in partnership with the UMKC's Center for Economic Education and United Way of Greater Kansas City.
  • Career Speakers talk with students about their career pathway and how school is relevant to their future. Volunteers rotate through multiple classrooms for approximately 15 minutes each. PREP-KC is seeking volunteers from Arts, Communications, Health, Human Services, Business, IT, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Trades, and other related fields for all events.
  • IGNITE are hands-on experiences to expose students to a range of careers through interactive booths. We can help volunteers create an activity. We are seeking volunteers from all backgrounds.

KC Public Library Seeks Volunteers
Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment is a division of the Kansas City Public Library’s Outreach Department, dedicated to connecting refugee and immigrant patrons and community members to resources for their success. RISE seeks volunteers for the following programs:

  • English for Citizenship Preparation: assist instructor in weekly classes, two hours/week for 12 weeks, one-hour volunteer training session required
  • Citizen Interview Mentor Sessions: work one-on-one to prepare patrons for naturalization interview, one to two hours/week, flexible scheduling, two hours of volunteer training required
  • English-Language Learning: lead small classes (life skills, basic English speaking/reading/writing), two hours/week, one hour of training required

Contacts: Julie Robinson », RISE manager (816-701-3587); Jane Lee », citizenship coordinator (816-701-3673); Katie Taylor », English language coordinator (816-701-3712); Rita Edmonds », RISE VISTA (816-701-3546)

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