Friday, December 4, 2020
Rita Guzman

By Shelbi Thomas, Iowa Magazine

Rita Guzmán (18BBA) traveled from Iowa to Porto, Portugal, in fall 2018 to teach English for an academic year. She returned from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program with valuable skills that helped launch her career in international education.

"The Fulbright taught me how to advocate for myself and to be more resourceful," says Guzmán, who also learned confidence and adaptability through the Fulbright program, the flagship international educational exchange sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

Guzmán now uses the lessons learned during her nine months in Portugal as a college relations manager and program adviser for the internship division of IES Abroad, a study abroad provider based in Chicago. In her current role, she helps universities—including the University of Iowa—provide international opportunities like she experienced during her time at Iowa.