October 30, 2020

MentorTalks: Advancing Your Career with Exchange Programs

Doug Mitchell, Founder/Project Director of NPR's Next Generation Radio, and Fulbright alumnus Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie share their experiences and career tips.

Doug Mitchell, Founder/Project Director of NPR's Next Generation Radio and Fulbright Commission/Fulbright Specialist alumnus, and Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie, an international education professional and a Fulbright Scholar alumnus, joined us on MentorTalks on November 12, 2020, sharing their tips on how to tap into the power of exchange programs to advance career goals. In the lead up to International Education Week 2020, these two exchange alumni spoke about their Fulbright experiences in Chile and Malaysia, respectively, and how it shaped and advanced their careers. Doug and Jordyn also discuss mentors in their lives, as well as how they are encouraging the next generation of mentors.

International Education Week (IEW) celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world, and is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. IEW is particularly relevant in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The importance of international education and building global relationships has never been greater.

You can learn more about the wide variety of exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at exchanges.state.gov, and choose your section: U.S. or non-U.S.

U.S. citizens can also tap into languages.state.gov to find an exchange program that fits their needs.

Learn more about our speakers:

Doug Mitchell
Founder and Project Director, NPR's Next Generation Radio

Doug is the Founder and Director of NPR's "Next Generation Radio" a series of one-week digital media training programs targeting college students and early career professionals. Doug is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center of Collaborative Journalism, a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Press Institute, and a program consultant with the International Women's Media Foundation. Doug also advises two podcast startups, each founded and led by long-time Latina mentees. Doug is the 2020 recipient of the Online News Association "Community Award. In addition, he's done three international fellowships: with the International Center for Journalists in 1997; U.S. State Department Visiting Professorship in 2003; and, Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2007.

Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie
International Education Professional and Fulbright Malaysia Alumnus

Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie is an international education professional. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Jordyn graduated from Hampton University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Minor in Leadership Studies in May 2017. He served as a Congressional Intern in the Office of the Speaker, under former Speaker Paul Ryan, prior to departing for Malaysia for eleven months to teach English and serve as a cultural ambassador with the Fulbright Program. Additionally, during his time in Malaysia, he traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and represented the United States delegation at the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), where his team won the World Bank Malaysia case competition for optimizing digital platforms to increase financial literacy and education. He currently resides in Kansas City, MO where he stays actively involved with NAFSA, the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City, and the International Relations Council.