Become an International Orientation Leader

leader with group of new international students at orientation

Help welcome new international students to the UTC campus and Chattanooga community.

IOLs help the Center for Global Education carry out all the events and sessions planned during the New International Student Orientation.


  • Be a current UTC student (with at least one semester completed at UTC)
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Hold at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Be respectful of cultural, religious, political and sexual orientation differences
  • Have effective communication skills
  • Be motivated and welcoming
  • Be enthusiastic and outgoing
  • Submit an application
  • If selected, participate in the interview process
  • Attend ALL training sessions and the IOL retreat
  • Be available to work at designated times and dates (Tentative dates: Aug. 6, 2020- Aug. 16, 2020)
  • Have international experience (e.g. have lived, traveled, or studied in a country other than the U.S.)
  • Have leadership experience working with college-age students
  • Have experience working/communicating with international students
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Paid position
  • Hone your leadership skills
  • Develop interpersonal and communication skills
  • Build your time management and organizational skills
  • Connect with international students and help them through their transition
  • Practice your second language skills with a native speaker
  • Become more globally aware by learning about new cultures
  • Help promote international education on campus
  • Free food, gear and fun
  • Attend orientation trainings
  • Attend the IOL retreat
  • Assist with airport pick-ups
  • Assist with housing check-ins
  • Lead a group of international students during the New International Student Orientation
  • Facilitate small group icebreakers/activities/discussions
  • Maintain an approachable and helpful attitude
  • Use effective communication and organization skills
  • Be able to take charge and take the lead when needed
  • Answer questions that new students might have about UTC and Chattanooga
  • Assist with New International Student Orientation set up and break down
  • Assist with New International Student Orientation housing move-in
  • Drive a minivan (e.g. airport pick-ups, Walmart runs, events off campus, etc.)
  • Be open to last-minute assignments and responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned
  1. If you are interested in applying to be an IOL, complete the application online. 
    Application deadline: March 6, 2020 at 12 p.m. (EST)

* Please, note that you will NOT use your UTC ID/Password for this form. You will need to enter the email/password you used when you first applied to UTC. If you forgot your password, please click on “forgot password.”

  1. If selected, attend the scheduled interviews.
  2. You will be notified before the end of the spring semester of whether you will be hired as an IOL for the following fall semester.

Who can participate?

If you are interested in being an IOL, you must be a current UTC student, be in good academic standing, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

How do I sign up to be an IOL?

You can sign up by completing the online application 

Is this a paid position?

Yes. The amount will be discussed at a later time.

Is there an interview process?

Yes. If we decide that you could be a potential IOL based on your application and resume, you will be invited for the interview process.

When will I find out if I was selected to be an IOL?

You will find out if you were selected to be an IOL before the end of the spring semester.

How many training sessions am I required to attend?

All of the sessions that are scheduled, as well as the IOL retreat.

Do I need to speak a foreign language to be an IOL?

No. You will communicate in English. However, you may take advantage of this opportunity and practice your second language skills.

Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about IOLs?

You may contact Senior Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services, Patricia (Pato) Lin-Steadman.

Meet our Current IOLs


Abdul Alenezi

Major: Electrical Engineering

Standing: Senior

Hometown: Arar, Saudi Arabia

Foreign Language(s): Arabic

Hobbies: hiking, playing soccer, working out, jogging, hanging out with friends, meeting new people 

Future Dream: graduate a semester earlier

Fun Facts: afraid of cats; love to swim but does not know how to


Yoori Shin

Major: Pre-Professional Biology 

Standing: Senior

Hometown: Cleveland, Tennessee

Foreign Language(s): Korean

Study Abroad: N/A

Hobbies: visiting coffee shops and running through downtown Chattanooga 

Future Dream: becoming a dentist

Fun Facts: this is my third time returning as an IOL 



Juliet Nabors

Major: Communications with focus in Public Relations

Standing: Junior

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Foreign Language(s): Luo and Swahili

Hobbies: traveling, listening to music, meeting new people, watching movies, and being active

Future Dream: travel the world, build new relationships, share my culture while learning from others, as well as having a personal and career satisfaction where I am

Fun Facts: I am a happy wife, a proud mother of two beautiful daughters. I love to cook and I am a music lover 




Christopher (Cole) Hickman

Major: Marketing

Standing: Senior

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Foreign Language(s): Swedish, Spanish

Study Abroad: Sweden

Hobbies: movies, music (though I cannot play anything), video games, hanging out with people, and driving

Future Dream: become a racing driver someday, however that is really difficult to do. If it doesn't work out I would like to do marketing in the car world!

Fun Facts: I can make this sound that sounds like someone opening and chugging a bottle of water. And when I was a kid I believed the Force from StarWars was a real thing. 



Bailey Davidson

Major: Spanish

Standing: International Studies

Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee

Foreign Language(s): Spanish

Study Abroad: Spain

Hobbies: Hiking, baking, telling bad puns, traveling

Future Dream: I would love to move to a Spanish speaking country and teach English. Also at some point I would love to work for an international non-profit organization.

Fun Facts: I have been to 19 countries, I love all seafood except for octopus, and blue sour patch kids are my favorite candy.




Muhammad Sheikh

Major: Nursing

Standing: Senior

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Foreign Language(s): Urdu, Punjabi

Study Abroad: West Indies Caribbean Islands

Hobbies: Swimming, exercising, riding bikes, and outdoor activities

Future Dream: Serving in the United States Air Force as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Fun Facts: Happily married and I have a 4-year-old daughter. I love UTC! I am serving as a senator for the UTC Student Government Association and actively involved as a member of the UTC Student Nurse Association.


Chloe Encinas

Major: Political Science: International Relations and Comparative Politics 

Standing: Junior

Hometown: Aschaffenburg, Germany

Foreign Language(s): German

Hobbies: Exercise, outdoor activities, traveling, and adventure

Future Dream: Serving in the Peace Corps after graduation and then joining the Foreign Service to be a Diplomat for the U.S.

Fun Facts: I’m German, Mexican, and Zimbabwean and I have traveled to five continents and over 15 countries.


Airada Sriwong

Major: Biology 

Standing: Sophomore

Hometown: Udon Thani, Thailand

Foreign Language(s): Thai

Hobbies: dancing, eating, traveling, and listening to K-pop

Future Dream: I aspire to become a Physician’s Assistant or Pharmacist

Fun Facts: I moved to the U.S. when I was 4 years old