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Applications Open for USA Pavilion Student Ambassador Program at Next World’s Fair in Italy

Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015 and USC Marshall School of Business Accepting Online Applications from American College Students through Oct. 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, in partnership with the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, is now accepting applications from American college students to serve as on-the-ground ambassadors for the USA Pavilion at the next world’s fair in Milan, Italy. Now through Oct. 15, 2014, U.S. citizens currently pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees who are at least 18 years of age are invited to apply online to the Student Ambassador Program to represent the United States next year at Expo Milano 2015.

“We’re seeking American students from colleges and universities across the country and abroad with diverse areas of interest, majors, and Italian and other language skills to represent our nation as we work to create a global call to action around the challenges of feeding the planet”

Through this prestigious program – a partnership between the Friends group, selected by the U.S. Department of State to organize the U.S. presence at Expo Milano, and the USC Marshall School of Business – two groups of student ambassadors will spend three months at the USA Pavilion from May to October 2015. After completing online and onsite training, they will greet and interact with visitors to the USA Pavilion including top government officials, corporate executives and other guests from around the globe. Student ambassadors will also staff cultural events and other USA Pavilion activities. With the theme “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” the USA Pavilion will showcase American innovation in addressing global food issues through a variety of exhibits and events during the six-month world’s fair.

“We’re seeking American students from colleges and universities across the country and abroad with diverse areas of interest, majors, and Italian and other language skills to represent our nation as we work to create a global call to action around the challenges of feeding the planet,” said Jerry Giaquinta, professor at USC Marshall Center for Management Communication, who is managing the selection and training process. “Expo Milano is expected to attract 20 to 30 million visitors from nearly 150 countries, so this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those chosen to participate.”

Approximately 120 student ambassadors will be selected and notified by Dec. 15, 2014, with online training scheduled to begin in February 2015. Housing, transportation, stipends, emergency medical insurance and other services will be provided through this program. Following their three-month assignment, students will receive a certificate of completion.

To access the online application for the USA Pavilion Student Ambassador Program, including complete program details, please visit: students.usapavilion2015.net. Additional information about the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is available online at: http://www.usapavilion2015.net.

About Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015

Friends of the USA Pavilion Milano 2015, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a collaboration between the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and the International Culinary Center (ICC), in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, whose mission is to conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015 under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. Current partners include GE, Microsoft, Uvet, DuPont, illy, SageGlass, 3M, McKinsey & Company and FleishmanHillard.

The pavilion’s management and program is directed by President Dorothy Hamilton (founder and CEO of ICC), CEO Charlie Faas, and Chief Creative Officer Mitchell Davis (EVP of JBF). Biber Architects has been selected to design the USA Pavilion. Under the overall direction of the U.S. Department of State and in consultation with a team of experts across the science, business, technology, agriculture, sustainability, design and other fields, the Friends organization will oversee every aspect of the project.

For more information, visit: http://www.usapavilion2015.net/ and http://en.expo2015.org/.

About the USC Marshall School of Business

Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.

Contacts

Student Application Inquiries:
students@usapavilion2015.net
or
Media Contacts:
FleishmanHillard
Emily Wardrop, 212-453-2196
emily.wardrop@fleishman.com
or
USC Marshall School of Business
Amy Blumenthal, 213-740-5552
amyblume@marshall.usc.edu