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Jay Lauf

Alumni Spotlight

While studying abroad, Jay Lauf (IES Abroad Durham 1984-85 | Connecticut College) traveled extensively, visiting Berlin and what was then the Soviet Union. During these travels, he discovered that people around the world had more shared values than they did differences. Jay carried open-mindedness and respect for other cultures that he cultivated abroad into his professional life—from interacting with global importers while working in ad sales to leading teams at Wired magazine to working as publisher of The Atlantic during its digital transformation. Today, Jay is co-CEO of Quartz, a global digital news site with more than 100 journalists on five continents.

In our interview, Jay shares his professional journey in journalism, the inspiration behind Quartz, and how lessons he learned abroad have impacted him every step of the way.

Check out all of our Alum of the Month profiles to see real examples of how study abroad changed the lives and careers of our former students.

Help Increase Access to Study Abroad

Our goal is simple: to make the life-changing benefits that come from studying and interning abroad accessible to as many students as possible. No one should be denied an abroad experience due to financial limitations. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs each year.

But we can't do this alone. With your gift today, join us in educating the next generation of global leaders. 100% of every donation goes directly to scholarships for students with financial need, helping them to pay for airfare, cultural excursions, academic tuition, and more. Visit to make your gift today or mail your check to: IES Abroad, 33 W. Monroe, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60603. Thank you!


Expand Your Network at Our Alumni Events

The IES Abroad Network now numbers over 130,000 people worldwide! Whether you’re looking to expand your professional network or reconnect with old friends, IES Abroad offers numerous ways to get involved.

Alumni Events are great ways to kick-off a class reunion. Email us to request your class list and we can help you plan a reunion!

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