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The LINK Program is designed to assist with the recruitment, adjustment and retention efforts of JMU’s international community. While LINKers are most famous for the role that they play during and after the international orientation program, by ensuring that new students feel welcomed and connected with the student body throughout their academic journey here with us, they also play a significant role in sharing their own JMU experiences with prospective students.

With the guidance and training from members of the Center for Global Engagement staff, 5 to 15 globally-minded and talented student leaders - called LINKers, lead this program together as a team for a full calendar year to perform various roles:

  • JMU’s international ambassadors to prospective globally-minded students by sharing their personal stories and experiences of what being a JMU student is all about.
  • Orientation leaders during “Transitions” – the international student orientation program;
  • Active links between the international student body and JMU overall community;
  • Organizers and coordinators for social and cultural events that promote diversity and globally-minded perspectives;
  • Hosts for the annual International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC);
  • Role models and peer advisors for the globally-minded JMU Dukes, especially the new international students, as they serve as resources and mentors to those who seek for assistance with academic, social and cultural adjustments;

In short, the LINK program stays true to its core values held in its name: “Leaders for International Networking and Knowledge".

Find out more about our current LINKers!

Values and Benefits
  • Develop your leadership, intercultural, and interpersonal skills (highly valued by employers);
  • Add a great professional working experience and various soft skills to your resume;
  • Meet some amazing people and make new friends, not only from different parts of JMU but also from various countries and cultures across the globe;
  • Be the first one to meet and assist the new international students;
  • Make an impact and leave your mark on campus not only by bringing your own ideas and visions into real life with the provided resources;
  • Work with a great team for 2 semesters (Spring and Fall) and earn some money;
  • Receive individualized feedback, and personal challenges to best grow your personal self professionally and to better market yourself when applying for jobs or programs.
Responsibilities and Duties

This is what you can expect to be doing as a LINKer:

  • Attend all of the bi-monthly meetings & training sessions;
  • Submit project assignments (such as self-introductory biographies, blog entries, etc.);
  • Conduct campus tours with both prospective and admitted globally-minded students;
  • Facilitate group discussions and lead ice-breaking activities/games during social events, conferences, and “Transitions”;
  • Establish personal connection with prospective students via email and online panels;
  • Maintain strong connections with admitted international students even after the week of orientation;
  • Brainstormorganize, and lead social and cultural events;
  • Identify new needs and issues faced by the international student community;
  • Take the initiative to create and execute projects to solve problems;
  • Communicate promptly and effectively with your supervisors, co-workers, and students;
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned.
How to Apply?
  • To be considered, candidates must:
  • Have completed at least 1 semester (in person) at JMU;
  • Be in good immigration and academic (2.5 cumulative GPA min.) status;
  • Complete an application form;
  • And potentially go through a group and 2-on-1 interviews.
Please note that this position requires approval from the Provost after all hiring paperwork has been completed. The hourly pay and approval of this position is currently being reviewed
  • The selected individuals must commit to this 2-semester-long work, which begins early January and ends in mid-December.
  • All LINKers also must be available on very specific and important dates (such as arriving early on-campus in August to prepare for the international orientation program, called “Transitions”; or other events/programs/conferences).
Contact Information

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Thomas Lavenir (540) 568-7314.

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