International Careers Panel Discussions, Fall 2014

International Employment Myths & Opportunities

Tuesday, September 16 | 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 18 | 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.

Introduction to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process and Test

Thursday, September 18 | 6:00-7:30pm | Weill Hall (Ford School), Annenberg Auditorium

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

Sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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

Wednesday, September 24 | 6:00-7:00pm | Career Center (SAB)

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 personal statements and join as we translate “awesome” into bullet points, personal statements and more.

Graduate Student Strategies for Finding International Internships

Thursday, September 25 | 6:00-7:30pm | Rackham, Assembly Room, 4th Floor

Hear reports from U-M graduate/professional school students about their successful strategies for finding and applying to internships, either through formal programs or through creating one’s own internship.

Internships with the U.S. Department of State

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

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

Sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Funding for Internships and Research Abroad

Wednesday, October 1 | 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.

Global Environmental Careers

Thursday, October 2 | 12:00-1:30pm | Rackham, Amphitheatre, 4th Floor

Environmental professionals will talk about their careers and provide advice to students on preparing for successful careers working both internationally and domestically on global environmental issues. Students will have an opportunity to speak with panelists one-on-one after the panel from 12:30-1pm. This event is sponsored by the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Rackham Graduate School. RSVP HERE.

  • Mariana Velez Laris, Alliances Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Kevin Hill, Senior Consultant, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (NY, NY)
  • Jonathan Putnam, International Parks Affairs Specialist, National Park Service (Washington, D.C.)

International Internships for Engineers

Thursday, October 16 | 5:30-7:00pm | 1670 Bob & Betty Beyster Bldg (North Campus)

Engineering students: Are you interested in an international internship in your field? Come to this event co-sponsored by the Engineering Career Resource Center and International Programs in Engineering! Advisors from both offices will discuss strategies for securing an international internship. Representatives from international internship placement organizations will also discuss opportunities for 2015, and fellow engineering students will share their own overseas experiences interning abroad.

International Internships in Information

Friday, October 17 | 12:00-1:00pm | Space 2435, North Quad

Hear from Information professionals and current students on their global careers and summer internships, including international development, librarianship, user experience design, and health informatics. Learn about related international career opportunities, strategies for finding and securing internship and career options, and the required skills to be successful. Come with questions!

Fireside Chat on Global Careers in Engineering and Technology

Wednesday, October 22 | 5:00-6:30pm | Chrysler Lobby (North Campus)

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 speak about their international work 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. Please RSVP to attend. List of participating companies as well as RSVP will be available HERE from Friday, September 19th.

Careers in Global Health

Wednesday, October 22 | 5:00-7:00pm | Michigan Union, Anderson Room

Representatives from a range of global health sectors, including consulting, government, non-profit and development, will share the paths they took to reach their current positions, as well as discuss the key elements to preparing for a successful career in global health.

Teaching & Volunteering Abroad

Wednesday, October 22 | 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 23 | 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 23 | 7:00-8:30pm | Career Center, 3200 Student Activities Bldg (3rd Floor) 

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

Language: A Global Advantage in International Health & Development Work

Monday, October 27 | 6:00-8:00pm | Palmer Commons, Forum Hall

Local language proficiency is a tremendous advantage for anyone working in international health and development. Whether or not you have already reached proficiency, new learning tools are making it possible to build on what you have or even pick up a new language, even if regular classroom study is not an option. This panel brings together experienced health & development professionals to share how their ability to work in other languages has helped them collaborate with international colleagues, establish trust and communication with patients and research subjects, and gain a better understanding of the realities of working across cultures.

Lost in Translation: Stories of Global Experiences

Thursday, November 6 | 7pm | Space 2435, North Quad

Join UM students, faculty, and staff in this first-time 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.