I-LEAD

I-LEAD was developed to enhance the leadership skills for up-and-coming student leaders allowing these leaders to then give back to their respective student organizations and to gain skills that will help them in their job search in the U.S or back home.

During the first semester, students will focus on self-awareness and learn more about their leadership style, strengths, conflict management style, and more. In the second semester, students will complete a hands-on project with a department on campus and serve as student leadership consultants.

Program participants will attend a non-credit, weekly seminar for the fall and spring semesters. International students who successfully complete the program will receive a $500 scholarship to assist with their tuition and other education-related expenses.

Benefits

International students who successfully complete the program will receive a $500 scholarship to assist with their tuition and other education-related expenses. In addition to a scholarship, students receive an opportunity to develop intangible leadership skills such as:

  • Public Speaking
  • Project Management
  • Networking
  • Team Building
  • Conflict Management
  • Time and Resource Management
     

Eligibility

One of the main goals of I-LEAD is to assist students who are ready to participate as leaders in student organizations on Iowa State's campus. Participation in I-LEAD is limited to undergraduate F-1, J-1, J-2, or H-4 international students in a degree-seeking program. Program participants must commit to remaining with I-LEAD for one year, both fall and spring of the upcoming academic year. Applicants must have at least one semester completed as a degree seeking student prior to the start of the program. 

Testimonials

  • "I have definitely improved my self-awareness and communication skills. I have learned about my personality type and my possible leadership style."
  • "I believe that communicating with high profile professionals is an area where I have improved. This will help me in my future interviews also. I learnt that my leadership style is blue which is something that I can possibly work on in the future."
  • "It helped us to know the inside of how the department works and the leadership style of the the Leaders of the respective departments. It also helped us to put into use the theoritical knowledge that we gained in the first semester into practical use."
  • "The field-work experience was definitely the most valuable part of the course. It exposed me to real work culture patterns in America."

Application Process

Applications will be accepted in April 2021 for the Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 academic year. Check back here in the spring for the application. Read more about the program on our frequently asked questions. If you have any questions, please contact issoprog@iastate.edu.