Published on 21 December 2012
21 December 2012
An American student who made the most of her Study Abroad semester at the University of the Sunshine Coast has worked her way to a top job with an internationally-renowned performance and community service organisation.
Chelsey Panchot, 24, is now US Sales and Tour Manager for Up with People, an education and service program that regularly takes 100 students from 20 countries on a six-month tour around the world to perform themed stage shows and volunteer for needy causes.
Ms Panchot initially gained a job as a promotion representative with the group in July 2010, soon after graduating from her home-state university of Minnesota State University Moorhead and following her return from Australia.
Within two years she was promoted three times to her current full-time role, where she is responsible for sponsorships in six US cities while managing more than a dozen promotion representatives.
USC’s international representative for the US Liz McCartney said Ms Panchot had been an outstanding Study Abroad student at Sippy Downs in 2009, taking courses in communication and media while completing an internship with The USC Foundation.
Ms McCartney said Ms Panchot had also served as an excellent USC and Australian Student Ambassador and described the young graduate’s latest promotion as a remarkable accomplishment.
Denver-based Ms Panchot said she was an adventurous traveller and had enrolled at USC in 2009 after hearing good reviews of its courses – and good weather reports compared to the cold winters in Minnesota.
“My USC experience put me on the path that has led to my current career,” she said.
“It confirmed my passion for a career in the non-profit field and helped me to realise that in order to be successful in today’s society a global perspective is incredibly important. So far I’ve worked across major markets from Washington DC to Mexico, Stockholm to Prague.”
Ms Panchot said she had been pleased to raise awareness among other Minnesota students about the opportunities available to them at USC.
“I loved my experience at USC. The classes and internship really helped me to gain a better understanding of what a career in public relations might involve,” she said.
“Through the internship I was involved in fundraising, alumni relations, event planning and the Art Gallery. My responsibilities grew from maintaining accurate data to assisting with art exhibitions to helping plan and execute an event in celebration of the University’s largest ever fundraising campaign.”
— Julie Schomberg