MentorTalks: Advancing Your Career with Exchange Programs

When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT

Watch Online: International Exchange Alumni Facebook Page


On Thursday, November 12th at 1:00 pm EST, Doug Mitchell, Founder/Project Director of NPR's Next Generation Radio and Fulbright Commission alumnus, and Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie, a Fulbright Scholar alumnus, will join us to share tips on how you can tap into the power of exchange programs to advance your career goals. In the lead up to International Education Week, these two exchange alumni will talk about their experiences in Chile and Malaysia, respectively, and how the Fulbright program shaped their careers. 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. During the program, we’ll highlight new resources for language learners ( and exchange program applicants ( We'll also discuss the speakers' experiences as Fulbright participants, how they cultivated their international opportunities, and how they applied their knowledge to advance their careers. Come ready to ask questions and be inspired! Use #MentorTalks when asking your question, and we’ll see you online!


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.

Doug Mitchell
Founder-Project Director, Next Generation Radio, NPR

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.

Promotional Materials:

Resources for Language Learners (for U.S. citizens) Resources for Exchange Program Applicants (for U.S. and international citizens)

Nov 2020 MentorTalks Banner Image (png)

Nov 12 Mentortalks Social Media Toolkit (pdf)

Questions about this event? Reach out to Loren Hurst at [email protected]