Hanna Poeschl is a senior double majoring in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Korean Studies and Global Affairs with a concentration in Asia at George Mason University. Hanna was a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program Intern throughout the spring and summer of 2019. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
Hanna’s background in study abroad from spending three years at George Mason University’s branch campus in South Korea equips her with first-hand knowledge on the process of language acquisition and cultural immersion. As a team leader for a group of students studying abroad in Korea from the United States through the Foundation for Korean Language and Culture in USA, Hanna gained experience with supporting students in order to help them thrive abroad. Additionally, her time working at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea provided her with invaluable experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
She first became aware of the non-profit organization, American Councils for International Education, through the NSLI-Y program and checked their careers webpage often for opportunities. Upon landing the internship, Hanna joined a team of 15 international education professionals that work all year long supporting the Critical Language Scholarship Program. Hanna firmly believes that studying abroad is one of the earliest ways to foster mutual understanding between cultures and hopes that every student is provided the opportunity to do so. Working towards helping students study abroad has been a career goal of Hanna’s ever since she took her first Korean language course in high school. She is extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill her career goal with CLS and help others fulfill theirs. From assisting with meetings held with directors flown in from all around the world to pre-departure orientations with 555+ participants, Hanna has gained a plethora of applicable skills from this 8-month long internship experience. She says she will miss each and every one from the CLS team and is looking forward to her upcoming internship working with the George Mason University Global Education Office this fall.
August 07, 2019