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Summer Intern in New Zealand

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This summer, Joshua Maxwell ’11 will be working for two months as the Learning Communities Intern for the Campus Life Division at the University of Auckland – New Zealand’s leading university and the only one ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. Josh graduated from Marietta College in May 2011 with the International Leadership Studies major and is currently a first-year graduate student in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University, pursuing a Master's degree in College Student Personnel (CSP).

The University of Auckland has a strong international focus with over 4,000 international students from 93 countries studying there.  The Campus Life Division is looking to expand its First-Year Experience programs by developing its learning communities.

Josh’s responsibilities in New Zealand will be to assess the existing learning community initiatives at the institution, as well as its peer mentoring and orientation programs. He will also be responsible for developing a detailed proposal to implement learning community programs in all of the University’s Halls of Residence. The proposal will include how to implement these programs and will explore ways to integrate them into other first-year experience initiatives.

“I anticipate this experience to be amazing, challenging, and eye-opening in many ways,” Josh said.  “I am already observing how New Zealand culture has helped shape its higher education system and am focusing on how these cultural differences will shape the nature of my work.  The biggest challenge for me is trying not to prepare too much for the experience, as the institution wants me to also bring in a fresh perspective to my work.”

At Bowling Green, Josh works as a graduate assistant in the Chapman Learning Community, which is a first-year residential learning community focused on engaging its students in service-learning initiatives.  As part of this appointment, he co-teaches a sophomore leadership/peer-mentoring course and a first-year service-learning course.  Outside of Chapman, he works as a Greek House Director and directly advises two fraternities: Delta Tau Delta and Kappa Alpha Order.  This semester, he is co-facilitating a six-week leadership development workshop entitled "Leaders-in-Residence," which is based upon Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner's model from their book, The Leadership Challenge.

The McDonough Leadership Program uses Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) as an assessment instrument during the first and senior years.

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