Melissa Edwards Smith

Program Manager

Melissa Edwards Smith is the strategic partnerships manager who directs the integration of international students through the NC State University-SKEMA business school partnership. She also oversees student leadership and cross-cultural training programs.

Melissa has worked for the GTI since 2014.  She also facilitates short-term special topic programs for professionals, such as EducationUSA or NC professionals to Singapore and Japan. As a TMC/Berlitz certified Cultural Orientations Approach facilitator, she conducts global skills training for students, faculty, and professionals. Prior to GTI, she spent 12 years coordinating and leading short-term international study programs for North Carolina policymakers and community leaders to Mexico, China, India, and Europe with UNC’s Center for International Understanding. Melissa has an M.Ed from NC State University and M.A. in International Studies from ECU as well as a B.A. in Psychology from UNC Wilmington.

Read more about Melissa in the Office of Global Engagement’s Staff Spotlight.

Melissa Edwards Smith