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Letter from the Editor - March 2017

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Since 1947, CIEE has brought together people from different backgrounds to humanize international relations and increase global understanding. We believe that through the exchange of ideas and experiences, we can foster understanding and mutual respect that will enable people to embrace their differences and celebrate their common ground. This mission has never been more important than it is today.

In the transition to a new administration, we know that you may have questions about the future of exchange programs, including the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. CIEE is actively working with staff, colleagues at the Alliance for International Exchange, and advisors in Washington, D.C. to respond to the changing landscape in international exchange. We are engaging with key members of Congress and the new administration to advocate for international exchange programs. You can be certain that CIEE will remain at the table to ensure that our voices – and the voices of American employers and students around the world – are heard.

Since our last update we have been busying laying the groundwork for 2017. Winter is here and we are on the road visiting students and employers to hear about their experiences. Summer hiring is in full swing and we are preparing for students arrivals in the coming months. In this month’s newsletter we share employer best practices, provide updates on the proposed new SWT rule, and seek your feedback as we enhance our employer webinar series.

The Work & Travel USA program could not be successful without all that you do in offering incredible opportunities to students from around the globe. Thank you for your commitment to international exchange!

Kind regards,

Jessica Kissell, Senior Director, Work & Travel USA