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With 63 entries to consider, our judges didn’t have an easy task of selecting winners for the 2014 Photo Contest: The Wonders of Oceania. The judges remarked that the photos certainly represented AUIP’s experiential programs very comprehensively.

After scrutinizing each entry though, the results are in, and we’re excited to share with you this year’s photo contest winners as follows:

Learning on the Trail into Mt. Cook; NZ; Taylor YeatesExperiential Classroom

First: Learning on the Trail into Mt. Cook by Taylor Yeates from Buckeyes Abroad New Zealand program (pictured left)

Second: Hiking in Hidden Valley Gorge by Olivia Cheney from Wake Forest University’s Australia program

Third: Snorkeling at Barefoot Island by Hannah Kunz from Aggies Abroad Fiji program

Natural Attraction

First: Adelies Away! by Amanda Wilson Carter from the Hokies Abroad Antarctica program (pictured right)

Second: Blue Painted Sky over Port Douglas Shore by Georgia Parks from the Aggies Abroad Australia programAdelies Away!; ANTA; Amanda Wilson Carter

Third: The Otago Peninsula just before Sunset by Hannah Berry from Wolfpack Abroad New Zealand program

And, at the time People’s Choice Award voting closed, the AUIP extended community elected winners to be:

Experiential Classroom with 116 votes: To experience and report on the world “down under”, my classmates and I swam down under off the coast of Lady Elliot Island in Australia by Rachel Robillard from The University of Texas at Austin’s Journalism in South Queensland, Australia program

Natural Attraction with 140 votes: Neature by Hannah Kunz from Aggies Abroad Australia program

All winners are asked to please email donna@auip.com their postal mailing address for delivery of their prize.

AUIP wishes to thank the generous sponsors, City Lodge Auckland, Cape Tribulation Beach House Resort, Calypso Coaches, Murrays, Hexagon International, Downunder Farmstays, Pinewood Lodge and Bungalow Bay. The sponsors provided the winners for both categories these prizes:

First Place: Apple iPad mini (valued at $300) donated by City Lodge Auckland in New Zealand and Cape Tribulation Beach House Resort in Australia

Second Place: GoPro HERO3: White Edition camera (valued at $200) donated by Calypso Coaches and Murrays, both in Australia

Third Place: Chaco Yampa sandals (valued at $100) donated by Hexagon International in Fiji and Downunder Farmstays in Australia

People’s Choice Award: North Face duffel bag donated by Pinewood Lodge in New Zealand and Bungalow Bay in Australia

Thanks to all our alumni who participated in the contest. And please keep sharing and liking photos on our AUIP page, as regardless of whether a contest is happening or not, we love to see alumni memories from our programs!


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Are you looking to enter the field of international education? Do you have a passion for travel? Or do you possess exceptional public speaking skills? If you said ‘yes’ to any of those questions, then our Contract Marketing Assistant position might be the right job fit for you.

AUIP is pleased to announce we are hiring a Contract Marketing Assistant and look forward to reviewing applications from qualified candidates. Here are full details on the opening:

Job Title: Contract Marketing Assistant

Responsible to: Marketing & Communications Manager

Hours and location: This is a full-time, 12-week contract position based in the United States. Constant travel to university partners across the U.S. will be required for the duration of the contract.

About AUIP: American Universities International Programs (AUIP) is a small business that provides services for American study abroad programs in the South Pacific region. We help universities produce outstanding academic and cultural experiences for their students by providing professional support and planning for their programs. Our mission is to provide quality academic study abroad programs that foster students’ ability and willingness to become better global citizens and stewards of the natural environment. See www.auip.com for more about our programs and services.

Contract Term: August 23 – November 15, 2014 (may vary slightly)

Remuneration: $5,500 fixed fee

Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

Please email a cover letter and resume to Eleanor Mitchell at eleanor@auip.com with “Contract Marketing Assistant” in the subject line.

Core Tasks:

1)     Travel around the U.S. to university partners from late August to mid-November

2)     Organize and deliver classroom presentations, host information tables, give information sessions, attend study abroad fairs and otherwise publicize AUIP programs on campuses

3)     Train AUIP marketing interns on any campuses visited

4)     Record and track marketing efforts and outreach

5)     Meet with faculty and Office of International Education administrators to answer questions about AUIP and develop relationships

6)     Organize and arrange some of your own travel, accommodations and car rentals, under the guidelines and within the budget provided by AUIP, and maintain records of all associated travel documents

7)     Assist with general marketing tasks, including social media

8)     Other projects on an as needed basis

Required skills and attributes:

1)     Bachelor’s degree with a preference in Marketing, Communications, Business or a related field

2)     Excellent organizational, multi-tasking and time management skills

3)     Outgoing personality with strong interpersonal, public speaking and communication skills

4)     Willingness to work flexible hours outside of the standard 9-to-5 under sometimes stressful conditions

5)     Proven ability to work independently

6)     Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite

7)     Valid U.S. driver’s license, private motor vehicle and insurance

Desired skills and attributes:

1)     Experience on an AUIP program(s)

2)     Knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro and WordPress website publishing

3)     Experience creating print and/or web-based marketing materials

4)     Experience in the international education industry

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If you haven’t noticed lately, our AUIP Facebook fan page has been a hive of activity with entries for the 2013 AUIP Photo Contest: Exploring the South Pacific. With more entries than ever before, our judges faced a particularly challenging task of voting.

This year’s entries included an abundance of incredible underwater photography, ranging from scuba diving with sea turtles to up-close looks at reef creatures. Plus, we received a vast selection of amazing landscape shots from the typical New Zealand countryside to both the sunrise and sunset in Fiji.

With the votes tallied and totaled, we can proudly announce this year’s photo contest winners to be:

"Nothing ventured, nothing gained" by Courtney Hughes

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained” by Courtney Hughes

Student Immersion

First: Nothing ventured, nothing gained by Courtney Hughes from Florida Down Under Fiji program (pictured right)

Second: Paddle Board Mango Bay by Kaitlyn Luskin from Buckeyes Abroad Fiji program

Third: Fox Glacier Hike by Aimee Gottlieb from Illinois Abroad New Zealand Adventure Tourism program

"Sun Rays" by Reed Arce

“Sun Rays” by Reed Arce

Back to Nature
First: Sun Rays by Reed Arce from the North Queensland, Australia program (pictured left)

Second: Swimming with Sea Turtles by Kayla Noble from Wolfpack Abroad South Queensland, Australia program

Third: Petermann Island by Jancarla Ocampo from Hokies Abroad Antarctica program

And, at the time People’s Choice Award voting closed, our extended community elected winners to be:

Student Immersion with 110 votes: My loving Fijian family in Votua Village by Sammie Cline from Florida Down Under Fiji program

Back to Nature with 324 votes: Hay! by Heather Hodge from Lions Abroad Australia program (pictured below right)

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Hexagon International, Calypso Coaches, City Lodge Auckland, Awesome Adventures Fiji and EvoShield, this year’s winners for both categories receive:

"Hay!" by Heather Hodge

“Hay!” by Heather Hodge

First Place: Starwood Preferred Guest 10,000 points plus an exclusive Kate Spade tote (valued over $500) donated by Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas in Australia

Second Place: GoPro HERO3: White Edition camera (valued at $200) donated by Hexagon International in Fiji and Calypso Coaches in Australia plus an EvoShield training hoodie and hat (valued at $65) donated by EvoShield

Third Place: Osprey Comet daypack (valued at $100) donated by City Lodge Auckland in New Zealand

People’s Choice Award: Amazon $150 gift card donated by Awesome Adventures Fiji

Plus, if that’s not enough, our friends over at Lonely Planet have donated guidebooks for all our winners!

Thanks to each and every one of our contest entrants for participating, and we look forward to seeing more impressive alumni photos in next year’s contest.

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Michaela Mills, the Tigers Abroad marketing intern, writes:

G’day, y’all! My name is Michaela Mills, and I am a senior marketing student. This past summer, I was able to join Clemson University and East Carolina University in the AUIP North Queensland study abroad program. I knew I was going to receive a great learning opportunity during the program, but I did not realize until the program’s end that I would have the opportunity to continue that learning experience afterward as well.michaela mills

During our final group dinner in Australia, I overheard Dr. Hammitt, our faculty leader, speaking to some of my fellow students about the Tigers Abroad Marketing Internship. My ears perked up right away and I immediately moved closer to him because I knew that this would be an amazing chance if I were chosen. My dream school was always Clemson, and I love when I am able to have a hands-on learning practice that also benefits my college. To me, and I am sure to many others, this internship sounded perfect because not only do I get to practice and gain new marketing skills, but I also get to talk to students about two things I love, being Clemson and Australia.

I’ve been trying to pick my favorite program aspect and have faced immense difficulty in doing so. I could discuss camping in the Outback and holding a pet wallaby or planting trees for Big Jack and the other Aboriginal community members. I could talk about watching sunrise in Port Douglas, paddle boarding for the first time or fulfilling a dream of scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. I could go on and on about our knowledgeable lecturers and how I learned more than I actually thought I would. I could talk about my love for hiking (which I’m sure over seventy five percent of Clemson students have as well) and all the gorgeous areas we hiked through on the program.

In thinking of these moments and showing my parents my program pictures and explaining everything I did, I realized that I met incredible new people that I will never forget, accomplished things that people wish they could do and made so many memories. Truly, no one program aspect can be labeled as my favorite.

Looking back on everything, I am beyond grateful that I was able to partake in this program and learn and do all the things that I did. Now on top of that, I have the chance to relive my AUIP Australia experience by talking to interested students about my joys and letting them know that they can make their own!

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Have you been craving a weekend getaway in a flash hotel or maybe you’ve had your eye on a GoPro camera for a while? Well, if you win a prize in the 2013 AUIP Photo Contest: Exploring the South Pacific, then these amazing prizes plus others could be yours!

AUIP announces the launch of its annual photo contest and encourages all program alumni to enter photos on our AUIP Facebook fan page by August 31 in accordance with the contest details and rules as follows:

Sponsored by Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Hexagon International, Calypso Coaches, City Lodge Auckland, Awesome Adventures Fiji and EvoShield and with prize donor Lonely Planet, the photo contest launches August 12, 2013 at all partner institutions throughout the United States.


The 2013 AUIP Photo Contest is open to all AUIP alumni who have studied abroad on an AUIP program. Alumni who entered previous AUIP photo contests are eligible to enter again this year with new photos never previously submitted for an AUIP contest.


Photo submissions must be the entrant’s original work. Photos must have been taken abroad during an AUIP program. Photos cannot be digitally modified or enhanced. The contest contains two categories this year: Student Immersion and Back to Nature. Each entrant is limited to entering one photo in each category (i.e. one photo for Student Immersion and one photo for Back to Nature). AUIP reserves the right to exclude any photos it deems to be inappropriate. All photos submitted can be used by AUIP in a number of places, such as the AUIP website, posters and slide shows. All photos must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, August 31, 2013.


Two Categories:

Student Immersion: photographs demonstrating the study abroad experience by featuring a student(s) interacting with local people, places, etc.

Back to Nature: photographs showing landscapes, outdoor activities, wildlife, etc. (note that entries in this category can include people)

Review the contest rules outlined above, and then upload a photo to the AUIP Facebook fan page. To do so, on the AUIP fan page wall, post a photo (second button from left saying, “Photo/Video”) with a caption. Your caption should include: category being entered, photo title, your name, AUIP program and year, and home university.

Caption example: Student Immersion, Bottle feeding calves during farm stay, Joe Smith, South Queensland Australia 2013, North Carolina State University.

Judging & Awards

Awards will be given for First, Second and Third places and People’s Choice Awards in both categories, Student Immersion and Back to Nature. For the People’s Choice Awards, the photo in each category with the most ‘Like’s will win the prize. “Like’s must be on the photo itself on the AUIP fan page. Entrants are encouraged to have friends and family ‘Like’ their entered photo(s) to increase the chances of winning this award. The photo contest coordinator will count the total number of ‘Like’s for each photo entered on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST to determine the People’s Choice winners.

All winners will be announced on Monday, September 9, 2013. A panel of judges will be appointed by the photo contest coordinator to evaluate photo submissions according to the following criteria: (1) Originality, (2) Creativity, (3) Impact, and (4) Artistic Merit.


The following prizes will be provided to each category (Student Immersion and Back to Nature):

First Place: Starwood Preferred Guest 10,000 points plus an exclusive Kate Spade tote (valued over $500) donated by Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas in Australia

Second Place: GoPro HERO3: White Edition camera (valued at $200) donated by Hexagon International in Fiji and Calypso Coaches in Australia plus an EvoShield training hoodie and hat (valued at $65) donated by EvoShield

Third Place: Osprey Comet daypack (valued at $100) donated by City Lodge Auckland in New Zealand

People’s Choice Award: Amazon $150 gift card donated by Awesome Adventures Fiji

All Winners receive: Lonely Planet guidebooks (valued at $100) donated by Lonely Planet

Starwood Preferred GuestNot a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) member yet? No worries, you can sign up now and get ready for the chance to win the 10,000 points for first place! To sign up, visit: www.spg.com



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Have you recently returned from your AUIP study abroad to Australia, New Zealand or Fiji? Do you find yourself talking to everyone about your amazing international experience? Wish you could turn all that talking into an internship? Well, you can!

Don't be lazy. Apply now!

Don’t be lazy. Apply now!

Applications for the 2013-14 marketing internship program are now available. AUIP marketing interns provide faculty, staff and potential students vital assistance in the study abroad program selection and pre-departure preparation process.

One intern will be selected at each of our partner universities. The only stipulations are that candidates must have completed an AUIP program, currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral program at an AUIP partner university, and be in good academic and judicial standing.

You must obtain a copy of the job application and contract from your study abroad lead faculty and submit these completed items to AUIP by July 19, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. We look forward to receiving applications and having another successful group of marketing interns!

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Hannah Strange, the Florida Down Under marketing intern, writes:

As luck would have it, I was selected as the teaching assistant for UF’s North Queensland and Fiji programs this summer! With a week of our program already complete, today we’re venturing up to Mission Beach with high hopes of spotting an endangered cassowary.

Students participating in a field lecture

Students participating in a field lecture

Since I studied on these programs in the summer of 2009, I have been itching to head back down under and now I am finally here again with a whole new level of anticipation and excitement. The fact that I have been rigorously promoting these programs since my 2009 participation attests to how much I believe in the power of this experience, but what am I most excited about? The answer may surprise you: the lectures.

I know, I sound crazy, I am an academic nerd and I am not ashamed to admit it. I’m genuinely most excited to refresh my memory and learn more about these breathtaking countries. Over recent months and years, people have asked me questions like ‘Hey, when was Australia colonized, what happened there?’, and I slowly have realized that I possess a basic knowledge but cannot remember as much as I would like (I have completed two degrees in the last four years; my brain was preoccupied!). But as I have been reading the module book (yes, your faculty read the module book, too), I have found myself thinking ‘oh yes, I remember, so-and-so talked to us about that; it’s really interesting.’

Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and the hiking through rainforests and the swimming under waterfalls and the pictures with koalas are undoubtedly really amazing experiences. However, as we continue our program, what I am looking forward to the most is learning. The people we meet will have different things to say, the places we go will look different, and for better or worse, the environment will have changed. And I couldn’t be more excited to do it all over again with new eyes!

If you want to keep up with our Florida Down Under program happenings, follow us on Twitter via @FloridaDwnUnder.

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