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Student Affairs Graduate Interns - Summer 2010

AUK welcomed its second pair of graduate interns, Allison Fox and Katie Mitchell, who spent seven weeks of their summer completing graduate internships within the Division of Student Affairs. Allison and Katie were at AUK from June 7- July 22, 2010. They were the second pair of Graduate Interns in Student Affairs Administration or CSP to join AUK. Allison worked in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and in the Student Success Center, while Katie worked in the Office of Student Life and in the Office of Admissions. Of her experience working in Student Affairs in Kuwait Katie said, "Students have similar transition issues all over the world. This experience has helped me see the difference that religion and culture can play, not only in shaping a student's experience, but shaping the way student affairs impacts the development of a student's identity and development."

Student Affairs Graduate Interns

Katie Mitchell is a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Masters program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Additionally, she serves in a professional capacity as the Assistant Director in the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Katie earned her Bachelor of University Studies degree from North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo in 2005, with concentrations in psychology and communications. As an undergraduate student, Katie worked in the NDSU Admissions Office as a student worker, was selected as the student intern, and took a semester off to travel around North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota as an admissions representative. After graduation, she worked for two years as an admissions counselor at NDSU, before taking a position at Colorado State University (CSU) as an Assistant Director in charge of scholar outreach, scholarships and high ability recruitment. She enjoys working with students and their families as they navigate through the college selection process, as well as working with budgets, financial allocations and scholarship processes. Katie also is looking for ways to help train and develop new admission counselors at CSU and within the profession.

Katie enjoys the expertise of her professors, interacting with colleagues, and continues to enhance her career every chance she gets being recently elected as the University Representative on the executive board of the Colorado Council for High School and College Relations. In her spare time, Katie pursues her interests of reading, attending live music events, enjoying the Rocky Mountains and spending time with family.

Allison (Ally) Fox is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University. There, she serves as a Career Advisor at MSU's business school, works in their International Student Office, and teaches two seminar classes to business students. She recently entered the field of student affairs after working in business for five years, and refining her professional aspirations. Ally enjoyed her previous work in human resources and in finance, but found that while she liked the advising aspects of her jobs, she didn't find the subject matter fulfilling. Ally finds re-entering academia to be incredibly rewarding, and ultimately hopes to find work in international education, helping facilitate experiential learning opportunities for students.

Ally did her undergraduate work at Kalamazoo College, a small liberal arts school in southwest Michigan where 90% of students study abroad. She spent seven months studying and working in Germany, and the international focus of her undergraduate institution helped clarify her interest in global education. She has also been significantly involved in outdoor experiential learning, serving as a leader for the National Outdoor Leadership School and for Kalamazoo College's LandSea program, a wilderness orientation program for incoming students. Ally's personal interests include travel, backpacking, volleyball and other games.

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