Staff & Interns

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Holly Harris

Manager of Program and Operations

Holly Harris of Waterloo, IA graduated from the University of Iowa in December 2021 with a B.A. in International Studies, B.A. in Portuguese, a Spanish 

minor, and a Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy certificate. She completed a Rotary Youth Exchange in Brazil (2017-2018), was a Critical Language Scholarship Awardee for Portuguese (2020), was selected as a Global Ties U.S. Emerging Leader (2021), and is awaiting to depart for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil (2023). Holly is passionate about global engagement and hopes to establish more connections with her Iowan community and introduce them to our world visitors.

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Bailey Shafer

Program Coordinator

Bailey Shafer is a sophomore at the University of Iowa double majoring in Finance and Accounting, as well as minoring in Spanish. Originally from Waukon, IA, Bailey enjoys reading,

traveling, and running.  Hosting a foreign exchange student from Italy began her interest in international affairs, an interest that has since blossomed.  Bailey hopes to attend graduate school abroad and eventually work in the United States Foreign Service.  


Grayson Kilburn

Social Media and Storytelling Intern

Grayson Kilburn is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Iowa from Warsaw, Indiana. She is majoring in Managerial Marketing and Leadership

Management, and is also pursuing a certificate in International Business. She is also the Vice President of her sorority, Chi Omega, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Women in Business, The National Retail Federation, and Tippie Honors Society. Last summer, she had the opportunity to work abroad in Dublin, Ireland, which is where her interest in international markets and activities started.


Abby Fowler

Communications Coordinator

Abby Fowler is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Iowa  from North Liberty, Iowa. She is majoring in International Studies, minoring in Asian

Languages and Literature with a Japanese emphasis, and earning a Museum Studies Certificate. Abby was awarded the University of Iowa Diversity Ambassador Scholarship towards her month-long study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during the summer of 2022. Abby also works as a Communications Assistant at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums. In the future, she hopes to teach English in Japan through the JET Program or work at a natural history museum.


Élie Nio

Membership and Development Intern

Élie Nio is originally from Rwanda and migrated to Buffalo, NY in 2011. He now lives in Cedar Rapids, IA and is a senior undergraduate student at the University

of Iowa majoring in International Studies. In Spring 2024, he plans to pursue a dual graduate program at Hult International Business School in Master's of International Business and Master's of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Due to his entrepreneurial spirit, Élie has started two business ventures (Nio Logistics Group LLC & Excellence Foundation LLC). In 2018, he was awarded a certificate from The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi. Élie is passionate about French (which he studies at school), networking, and helping people - especially go-getters. As far as a career, he wants to pursue an international business in either sales, marketing, logistics or management. He's currently working on gaining those skills and experiences. Eventually, he wants to be a full-time serial entrepreneur with successful companies in logistics, real estate, and social media. He also speaks Kinyarwanda (native), Kirundi, English, and Swahili.

Interested in joining our team?

We are currently looking for a Membership and Development Intern to work with us the Spring 2023 semester. Click the button below to learn more about the internship and how to apply.