Jorie Landers ’12- Experience In Thailand Opens New Doors

For Jorie Landers ’12, the Study Abroad experience didn’t end when she left Thailand.

She’s working this semester as an intern at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Des Moines.

“To be honest, the internship sort of just fell into my lap this past summer,” said Landers, 21, of Sioux City. “I received an email from the internship coordinator announcing the opportunity … I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance had I not spent my semester in Thailand.”

While studying in Thailand, Landers visited a refugee camp filled with people from Burma.

How small is today’s world? She now works with some of those refugees in Des Moines.

“My internship has given me the opportunity to work with people from all over Burma, those who sought refuge in various places, such as Nepal, Malaysia and even Thailand,” she said. “I have even met a few people who lived in the refugee camp that I was able to visit while studying abroad.”

Landers said she didn’t know that would be the case when she accepted the internship.

“I undoubtedly feel like my time in Thailand prepared me more for this internship than I could have predicted, and my time studying abroad definitely gave me an upper hand in the application and interview process.”

A religion and sociology major with a concentration on social work, Landers isn’t sure what career path she will take after  graduation.

“However, my time in Thailand and my experience (as an intern) have certainly opened new doors for me.”

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