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Work experience

Jun 2014Jul 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 2013Jul 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 2012May 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 2012Aug 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 2011Present

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 2013Dec 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.


Laura Murphy, Case Manager

[email protected] Commonwealth Catholic Charities 820 Campbell Avenue SW Roanoke, VA 24016

Christian Matheis, Instructor

Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science 220 Major Williams Hall (0196) Blacksburg, VA 24061 [email protected]

Diane Zahm, Associate Professor and Co-Chair UAP

[email protected] Urban Affairs and Planning Architecture Annex, Room 206, Virginia Tech 140 Otey Street, NW Blacksburg, VA 24060

Jake Grohs , Instructor

Virginia Tech University (540) 231- 6812 [email protected] The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics Norris Hall, Room 302-B, Virginia Tech 495 Old Turner Street Blacksburg, VA 24061

Austin Michelle Cloyd Scholarship Portfolio

The Austin Michelle Cloyd Scholarship is awarded to an Honors sophomore at Virginia Tech with a passion for social change. I had to compile a portfolio that described my goals for social change.

Introduction Video

Here is a snapshot of my development work and interests for future study.

Research Paper

I have included a writing sample that is focused on my interest in refugee populations specifically targeted at the divide between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Ethical Research Paper

This writing sample focuses on the Dominican Republic and Haiti divide from a global ethics standpoint.

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. 

Summary of Qualifications

  • Program Planning
  • Community Service
  • Service Learning
  • Teaching & Curriculum Development
  • International Relations
  • Community Development
  • Program Development
  • Leadership Development

Awards and Honors

  • Virginia Tech Honors
  • Austin Michelle Cloyd Scholarship.  Recognizes students passionate about social change and community service.
  • Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship: Recognizes students passionate about community service