Rather than simply looking at the private sector for money, explore ways to involve a diverse group with the campaign. Look for ways to promote the private sector and involve it and its leadership as outspoken advocates for study abroad.
- Encourage university trustees to help broker partnerships with the private sector.
- Identify corporations with interests overseas to explore funding or internships that would be mutually beneficial.
- Enlist the support of corporations to provide short-term work visas for U.S. students to gain work experience as part of their study abroad time.
- Encourage business schools to reach out to alumni and business leaders to incorporate “global” as part of the curriculum.
- Identify high-level business leaders to incorporate a message about the importance of international education, study abroad, and global awareness for future workers in their public statements.
- Host a Generation Study Abroad Think Tank with only the private sector to generate insight, interest and involvement in making a difference on both a local and national level.
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This blog entry summarizes Idea 9 of 11 “Big Ideas” brainstormed during IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Think Tank event in March 2014. They are compiled in the IIE Green Paper, “What will it take to Double Study Abroad?”