Leah Kuhlmann - International Internship Programs Coordinator
After a road trip across America from Massachusetts to California, Leah moved to Seal Beach, CA, where she is now enjoying the sun and the sand. She studied abroad in London and Sydney during her time at Boston University and after college she backpacked through SE Asia. Outside of work, Leah studies Speech Language Pathology at California State Long Beach and enjoys playing beach volleyball. Leah's passion for travel brought her to Adelante, where she now works as Programs Coordinator, sending candidates around the world to work in international internship placements.
What exactly does your role at Adelante entail?
The International Internship Programs Coordinator role is first and foremost responsible for communicating Adelante program information to inquiring candidates. Once a candidate signs up for one of our programs, my role is to help them through the process of preparing to go abroad. From setting up their initial interview with Adelante Director Kimberly Haber, to relaying their housing and internship itineraries, and scheduling their airport pickup, I provide a guiding hand to our candidates every step of the way.
How did you become connected with the Adelante?
I become connected with Adelante through a personal network soon after moving to Seal Beach, CA, where Adelante is headquartered. After researching the Adelante website, I was excited to see that their mission parallels my love of education and travel. I quickly inquired about an interview for the International Internship Programs Coordinator position.
What makes Adelante’s programs different from those offered by other providers?
Adelante is an independent, boutique travel abroad agency, which sets us apart from bigger travel agencies that are often housed within higher education institutions. At Adelante, we work with our candidates to customize their ideal travel and internship experience that fulfills their personal goals for traveling abroad. Our programs are much less expensive than other similar programs and we have the added personal touch.
Study abroad experiences often change a participant’s view of the world. How do you make sure students who apply to Adelante are ready for these life-changing experiences?
At Adelante, we conduct an interview screen of all our candidates in order to ensure that they have the maturity and life skills to travel abroad. We are excited for our candidates to have these life changing experiences and we pride ourselves on ensuring that they are ready for what is to come.
In your role, how do you help students prepare for the experience of studying abroad?
The International Internship Programs Coordinator is the go-to person for all study abroad questions from our candidates. I provide them with all the materials they will need once abroad (internship assignment, housing documents, etc.) and I make sure that they have contact information of Adelante personnel in The States as well as their abroad country of choice in case any questions arise.
What is the best advice you can give students who are interested in applying to an Adelante program?
When you have the opportunity to travel, take it! Life gets busy and it is something that will positively impact your life forever. Open your mind to new experiences. Other countries don’t operate like you are used to. Immerse yourself in new situations and you will learn more than you ever imagined!
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job with Adelante?
I have had the privilege of doing ample travel throughout my lifetime and I love that my passion now coincides with my work. Every time I send a candidate abroad, I feel so excited for them and their upcoming adventure!