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The College of New Jersey to Grant Academic Credit for America's Unofficial Ambassadors Program

Innovative internship initiative gives college volunteers credit for strengthening communities and combating American stereotypes in Muslim majority countries.

Washington, DC, March 28, 2014 --( Provost Jacqueline Taylor at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Creative Learning President Bill Kruvant Monday signed an agreement to launch a new summer internship course that will provide academic credit to students who volunteer in Muslim communities abroad, further expanding the impact of the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) initiative.

Starting in May of 2014, the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors Summer Service Internship program will enable students to earn four classroom credits for volunteering in Indonesia, Morocco, Tajikistan or Tanzania. Students will publish essays on their experiences, and deliver presentations within their communities on the importance of their work.

Dr. Jon W. Stauff, Director of TCNJ’s Center for Global Engagement strongly endorsed the program saying, “AUA interns become change agents upon completion of this rigorous, exciting summer program. Participating students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new communities while working with their mentors and other students to process their experiences in a meaningful way. It is a great way for students to begin their journey into international development work.”

“We are thrilled to partner with The College of New Jersey in this innovative way,” said AUA Director Ben Orbach. “Through the partnership, undergraduate students who choose to become unofficial ambassadors and to make a difference in the lives of others will not only develop their professional skills and become our global citizens and leaders of tomorrow, but now they will also earn academic credit for their efforts and take a step closer to graduating.”

Interns volunteer full-time and study the local language; service placements for the 2014 program include:

• Teaching English and computer skills to young adults at a community center (Morocco)
• Conducting research and writing reports for a domestic violence shelter (Indonesia)
• Designing websites for a human rights organization (Tajikistan)

AUA is a citizen diplomacy initiative of Creative Learning, a Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit, that is dedicated to increasing the number of Americans who volunteer in the Muslim world and helping those “unofficial ambassadors” share their stories upon their return. By volunteering with schools and grassroots organizations abroad, AUA’s unofficial ambassadors have an impact on development issues, dispel stereotypes, and build people-to-people partnerships between America and the Muslim world.

The credit-bearing course is open both to TCNJ and non-TCNJ students. AUA is now accepting applications for its Summer Service Internship program and is conducting outreach to more than 75 colleges and universities across the United States. Details on the program and prospective service placements are available at

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