Kara Van Scoyoc

Kara Van Scoyoc

Work experience

Work experience
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Case Worker Intern

Refugee Resettlement Program

Assisted with the resettlement process of newly arriving refugees to the Roanoke area. Applied for state benefits and assisted with the logistics of resettling refugees to their new homes in Roanoke, Virginia. Developed English language tutoring curriculum for one on one tutoring program to enhance English Language skills. 

May 2013 - Jul 2013

Non-Profit Intern

Community Service Alliance

Designed and implemented training and educational materials related to English, basic computer skills and leadership/professional development. Facilitated, tracked and evaluated program planning and implementation for 40 at risk youth in the community of El Seibo, Dominican Republic. Enhanced opportunities through education targeted at youth ages 14-25 of both Dominican and Haitian descent. 

Sep 2012 - May 2013

Resident Adviser

Virginia Tech Housing and Residence Life

Planned programs and advised 30-60 residents on hall policies and University opportunities. Served as a resource for freshman students new to the University. 

May 2012 - Aug 2012

English Teaching Assistant

Refugee Resettlement Program

 Planned and implemented weekly lesson plans. Monitored and assessed academic progress for 6 newly arrived refugee students at a basic English level. Served as a resource to introduce them to the new community and American way of life. 


Aug 2011 - Present

International Studies- Bussiness and Public and Urban Affairs- Global Development

Virginia Tech University

I am earning a double major in international studies with a concentration in business and public and urban affairs with a concentration in global development. I have a Spanish minor and am fluent. My overall GPA is 3.91/4.0. 

Classes that relate to international affairs and development that I have taken include:

IS 2054 Introduction to World Politics

IS 2064 Global Economics and World Politics

PHIL 2304 Global Ethics

UAP 3014 Urban Policy and Planning

UAP 3344 Global Environmental Issues

PSCI 3615 International Relations (theory)

PSCI 3616 International Relations (organization)

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Study Abroad

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona

I spent a semester studying in Barcelona, Spain. I studied business, global equality, and Spanish and earned a GPA of 4.0/4.0. 



Microsoft Excel

Through my Urban Affairs and Planning major I have become proficient at Microsoft Excel and feel comfortable compiling data through excel to produce reports.

Event Planning

As a resident adviser and during my internship in the Dominican Republic I spent time planning events that contained an academic component. I am comfortable working hands on with students and serving as a mentor and role model for them.

Spanish Language

I have spent time in both the Dominican Republic and Barcelona and have achieved high intermediate to advanced fluency proficiency. During both trips I lived with a homestay family which allowed me to not only immerse myself fully in the culture but improve my language proficiency as well.

Career Aspirations

I will be graduating my undergraduate degree May 2015 with plans to continue my education in either a graduate program or law school. I plan to study either international development or immigration law in these programs respectively. I would like to pursue my graduate degree internationally. Long term I wish to work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with a focus on education development within the refugee camps and the resettlement process. I want to make English language classes more widely available in the refugee camps. I believe that language is one of the largest barriers to the resettlement process. By establishing English language programs in the camps refugees can work on their English proficiency before arriving in their host countries. This will make their transition easier for both the refugee and host community.