International Careers Panel Discussions, Fall 2015

International Employment Myths & Opportunities

Tuesday, September 15 | 6:00-7:30pm | Weill Hall (Ford School), Annenberg Auditorium

Are you interested in working, interning, volunteering or teaching abroad? Do you want to explore international careers? This session will introduce the International Career Pathways series, how to research options and timing of applications – note that some deadlines are in the fall!

International Internships for Undergraduates

Thursday, September 17 | 6:00-7:30pm | Ross School of Business, Blau Auditorium

This presentation will feature a panel of U-M faculty and staff who administer global internship programs, as well as undergraduate students who have participated in a wide range of internships abroad. Speakers will address both formal internship placement programs, as well as strategies for creating one's own internship.

Internships with the U.S. Department of State

Monday, September 21 | 6:00-7:30pm | Weill Hall (Ford School), Annenberg Auditorium 1120

The U.S. Department of State offers over 1,000 summer internships at its embassies and missions throughout the world, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at facilities in approximately 20 other cities throughout the United States. A panel of University of Michigan students will share their experiences as Department of State interns this past summer, and Diplomat in Residence Michelle Jones will review the application process for this exciting and challenging program.

Students who are considering applying to the Department of State are encouraged to contact Ms. Jones directly at The expected deadline is October 16, 2015.

IPE Alumni Network: Effectively Sharing your International Experience with Employers for Engineers

Tuesday, September 22 | 5:30-7:00pm | 1005 Dow

Scanning your resume, an interviewer's gaze pauses at your international experience and says "how was it"? Here's your chance...will you say "it was awesome" or will you seize the opportunity to really showcase the unique learning opportunity you had and transferableskills you developed during your time abroad? Just in time for Career Fair, an advisor from the Engineering Career Resource Center will get you ready to effectively share your international experience on your resume and in interviews. The International Programs in Engineering Alumni network is open to any engineering student who has had an international experience during their time at Michigan.

Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships

Thursday, September 24 | 4:00-5:30pm | Rackham, Amphitheater, 4th Floor

Hear from U-M graduate/professional school students about their successful strategies for finding, applying to and funding overseas internships – either through formal programs or self-found opportunities. The strategies communicated will be applicable to students in all fields. This session co-sponsored by the International Center and Rackham and is a part of the U-M International Career Pathways series. RSVP for the event!

Going Beyond Awesome:Translating Education Abroad Experiences to Resumes, Interviews & More

Friday, September 25 | 12:00-1:00pm | Michigan Union, Pond Room

You’re just back from study abroad and it was awesome! Now you want to tell recruiters and graduate schools about it but how can you possibly begin to describe it? Bring your resumes and interview questions and join as we translate “awesome” into bullet points, interview responses and more.

Funding for Internships & Research Abroad

Wednesday, October 7 | 12:00-1:00pm | 1636 School of Social Work Building

This panel will cover funding options for overseas internships and research opportunities, for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Representatives of several U-M funding offices will provide information, and you will be able to meet with them individually.

International Internships and Research for Engineers

Thursday, October 8 | 5:30-7:00pm | 1013 Dow

Take your professional development to the next level with an intern or research abroad experience. Co-sponsored by the Engineering Career Resource Center and International Programs in Engineering, this panel event will feature students and staff ready to introduce you to a range of international internship and research opportunities for engineers. Students will also share how they landed an internship and made the most of their time working abroad.

Peace Corps at U-M 55th Anniversary Events

Wednesday, October 14 | Michigan Union | 12:00-1:00 pm, Celebration on the steps | 3:00–5:00 pm, Success in Service

Join us for the 55th Peace Corps Anniversary events! Peace Corps Director, Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join us and speak on the historic steps of the University of Michigan Union and will join U-M President,Mark Schlissel for an MOU signing! We will end the evening of events with the Success in Service event which will focus on friends of the Peace Corps, RPCVs, and prospective applicants! 

Fireside Chat on Global Careers in Engineering and Technology

Wednesday, October 14 | 5:00-6:30pm | Chrysler Lobby

Have you ever considered working abroad? Come to this fireside chat to learn more about international careers and internships from employers and students with experience working abroad. This event will feature company representatives who will share their experiences working internationally. In addition, several current engineering students will be on hand to share their international internship experiences. Gain insight on how to find these opportunities and what it is really like to work abroad. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and network in a casual environment. Light refreshments will be served.

International Internships in Information

Friday, October 16 | 12:00-1:00pm | UMSI Engagement Center (777 N University, Above Panera)

Hear from current and past Information students about their international summer internships. Information internships can be done in a range of areas and industries, including international development, librarianship, user experience design, and health informatics. Learn about related international career opportunities, funding opportunities, strategies for finding and securing internship and career options, and the required skills to be successful. Come with questions!

Global Health Career Panel

Wednesday, October 21 | 5:00-7:00pm | Michigan Union, Anderson Room

Global health offers a range of career possibilities, from academia, to the non-profit, governmental, and for-profit sectors. Come hear about some career opportunities and learn how to better prepare for the global health careers of the future.

Teaching & Volunteering Abroad

Wednesday, October 21 | 7:00-8:30pm | Michigan Union, Pond Room

Programs for teaching and volunteering abroad offer a vast range of opportunities in fields such as health, social work, natural resources and teaching English. Positions are available for undergraduate and graduate/professional students, as well as for those about to graduate. Find out about some well-established programs and follow up with their representatives (and others) at the International Opportunities Fair the following day.

International Opportunities Fair

Thursday, October 22 | 2:00-6:00pm | Michigan Union, Ballroom

The International Opportunities Fair is a great way to connect with organizations with an international focus right here on campus! We expect 50-60 organizations and 400+ students to participate in the event. The Fair includes:

  • Internships/Short-term Work Abroad Programs/Organizations
  • Study-Internship Programs/Organizations
  • Volunteer/Teaching Abroad Programs/Organizations
  • Graduate School Programs
  • Organizations with full-time positions (eg: government organizations with international focus)

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Peace Corps & Your Global Career

Thursday, October 22 | 7:00-8:30pm | Pond Room, Union

Find out from returned Peace Corps volunteers how Peace Corps can help prepare you for careers in international development, health or diplomacy.

Language as an Advantage in Global Health and Development Careers

Tuesday, October 27 | 6:00-8:00pm | Palmer Commons, Great Lakes North

Studying a language? Great! Not studying a language? Not a problem. This panel will emphasize the value of language skills for a career in global health or development, and offer many options on how to gain, strengthen, or revive skills in a second language.

Global Environmental Careers

Wednesday, October 28 | 5:30-7:00pm | 1040 Dana

Hear from a panel of environmental professionals working domestically and abroad on global environmental issues. Panel and Q&A: 5:30-6:30 pm and audience members will get a chance to chat one-on-one with panelists from 6:30-7:00 pm. This session co-sponsored by SNRE and Rackham and is a part of the U-M International Career Pathways series. Please RSVP at:

Introduction to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process and Test

Tuesday, November 3 | 6:00-7:30pm | Weill Hall (Ford School), Annenberg Auditorium 1120

Diplomat in Residence Michelle Jones will review the path to a career as a Foreign Service Officer, and provide detailed information about each step in the process. Are you considering whether to take the Foreign Service Test? Trying to figure out the best time of year (October, February, or June) to do so? Curious about the format of the test, what subjects are covered, how to prepare, and test-taking strategies? If so, be sure to attend this session.

Students who are considering applying to the Department of State are encouraged to contact Ms. Jones directly at

Lost in Translation: Stories of Global Experiences

Thursday, November 5 | 7pm | Space 2435, North Quad

Join UM students, faculty, and staff in this storytelling event as part of the ICP series. Audience members will get to listen to storytellers share about their international experiences. This event is similar to “The Moth” in which true stories are told in a live setting. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to attend.