Global Initiatives

Adaptability

Ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations.

Activity Description Eligible
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
Global Consulting Fellows Apply for this two-semester honors program to learn about cross-cultural issues in management and work on real-world projects for actual clients. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs. Junior
Senior

Cultural Curiousity

Willingness to seek out and consider diverse viewpoints, appreciate the values and beliefs of others, and collaborate on diverse teams. 

Activity Description Eligible
Global UMD Campus Activities Visit globalmaryland.umd.edu for a list of upcoming international-focused activities on campus. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
UMD Passport Day Apply for the ticket to get you around the world: your very own passport! Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Student Orientation Volunteer Volunteer with International Student & Scholar Services by helping with international student orientation in August or January. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Language Partner Program Interact with international students outside of the classroom to practice the foreign language you're studying. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Faculty-led Study Abroad Participate on a 3-credit 8-21 day course in another country led by a faculty member. Courses have included microfinance in Nicaragua, social entrepreneurship in South Africa, and marketing and design in Paris and Amsterdam. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Global Internship Program Gain real-world work experience and earn academic credit in one of several countries as you intern for 8 weeks during the summer. Sophomore
Junior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs. Junior
Senior

Passion For Diversity

Interest in learning about cultures and world events, and taking initiative to seek out more information about local contexts.

Activity Description Eligible
SUSA Club Join a SUSA club that opens your mind to new ways of thinking with a diverse group of classmates. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Diversity Empowerment Council Join a diverse group of students as they focus on strengthening unity, student integration and academic excellence at the Smith School. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
CIBER Case Challenge Participate in an international case challenge with participants from around the world, hosted by UConn. Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Global Business Savvy

Knowledge of business environments and growth drivers (institutional, geographic, cultural, and economic) that operate in and between countries.

Activity Description Eligible
CIBER Distinguished Speaker Series Attend events showcasing the latest trends in international business and with conversations among students, policy experts, and business executives, including the Emerging Markets Forum in April. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS) Join the student organization that connects students with professionals in the economics and finance industries from an international viewpoint.  Sophomore
Junior
Senior
SUSA NYC Trek-International Business Track Take part in the annual SUSA NYC Trek and visit international companies and organizations. All
EY Global Mindset Colloquium Enroll in this 1-credit class that allows you to apply lessons from international legal, tax, human capital, and communication issues to a real-world case with guidance from EY. Sophomore
BMGT463 Learn how cross-cultural differences affect business and develop management and leadership strategies to tackle the challenges. Junior
Senior
Major Specialization Courses Enroll in the international course of your major (international finance, international marketing, etc.) for specific implications of the global marketplace in your field.  Junior
Senior
Global Consulting Fellows Apply for this two-semester honors program to learn about cross-cultural issues in management and work on real-world projects for actual clients. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
International Business Majors Develop expertise in international business by majoring in IB - learn how to work in the global economic environment in which we live. Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Tolerance Of Ambiguity

Ability to navigate unclear or uncertain situations without feeling stress or anxiety. Comfort with vague instructions or information.

Activity Description Eligible
Alternative Breaks Join hundreds of UMD students each year on service-learning trips around the world. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Faculty-led Study Abroad Program Participate on a 3-credit 8-21 day course in another country led by a faculty member. Courses have included microfinance in Nicaragua, social entrepreneurship in South Africa, and marketing and design in Paris and Amsterdam. Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Semester Abroad Study abroad for a semester at a partner institution or program, including with one of our 15 pre-eminent university exchange partners or Maryland-administered programs.  Junior
Senior

Passport to Global Mindset

What is Global Mindset?

“…one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across countries and markets with a propensity and ability to see common patterns across countries and markets.” – Financial Times

Different authorities may take different approaches to defining global mindset. The important thing to remember is that people with a global mindset can understand differences among cultures and business practices, welcome the opportunity to learn about similarities.

We’ve broken ‘Global Mindset’ into seven competencies – attributes that those with a global mindset exhibit. Click on each one to learn more about how to develop it and discover programs that at the University of Maryland that will help you do so!

And be sure to stop by the OGI office in VMH 2410 for more information or if you have any questions!

Global Mindset Competencies

Tolerance of Ambiguity Ability to navigate unclear or uncertain situations without feeling stress or anxiety. Comfort with vague instructions or information.
Global Business Savvy Knowledge of business environments and growth drivers (institutional, geographic, cultural, and economic) that operate in and between countries.
Passion for Diversity Willingness to seek out and consider diverse viewpoints, appreciate the values and beliefs of others, and collaborate on diverse teams.
Cultural Curiosity Interest in learning about cultures and world events, and taking initiative to seek out more information about local contexts.
Adaptability Ability to overcome challenges and be resourceful when faced with difficult situations.
Self-awareness and Humility Confidence in oneself without overestimating one's abilities while valuing the experience and backgrounds of others.
Relationship Building Eagerness to interact with new people and develop a strong network built on communication, empathy, and mutual respect.

Smith Freshmen Go Global

Every year, the town of College Park, Md., sees an influx of thousands of new students from every corner of the nation and even the world. You step into a classroom and you may find a student from Minnesota, Japan or Panama. The teachers that mold and inspire the great minds of the future here at UMD come from all parts of the globe: Lebanon, Germany, India, China, Romania, Nigeria, the list goes on and on. The companies and organizations that are studied meticulously in the classroom, from Pepsi to Apple, from KPMG to Samsung, are global entities with a global workforce and global assets. Take a stroll through Van Munching Hall, and you’re guaranteed to hear more than just the English language. So why is the global mindset so important? The answer is much closer to home than you think.

Poster Specifications

Technical Requirements

  • Computer generated
  • Size: 30” wide x 36” high (portrait only). Make these your dimensions with the Page Setup button on the Design tab.
  • File name: Save your document using the following naming scheme: [Last Name][First Name][Contact information]. For example, [DonnellyC3014050200.pptx]. Contact information will make it possible to be in touch if there are problems printing your poster.
  • SAVE as you go along. In addition to submitting a copy, make sure you have a backup copy should your submission be lost.
  • If your poster is designed with a Mac, do not submit a PowerPoint document. Instead, save the file as a PDF. Verify that the PDF of your file has the proper dimensions; otherwise, it will print as a small image in the center of a 30” x 36” poster.
  • Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and PowerPoint are recommended to complete the presentations. Photoshop is not advised. 

Poster Text Guidelines

  • A poster should be readable from at least three feet away.
  • Use standard fonts (otherwise there is some risk the printer will not generate readable text)
  • Text should be no smaller than 18-point font, preferably 24-point.
  • Headings should be 36-point or larger
  • Designers recommend no more than three font types on one document.
  • A three- or five-column layout is pleasing to the eye.

Poster Images/Pictures Guidelines

  • Do not embed Quicktime data as images. They will be unreadable.
  • Images should have a minimum DPI of 150 at any size
  • Do not destroy any image’s aspect ratio. Make sure “Lock aspect ratio” is selected if you resize.
  • Label any pictures, graphs or tables.

Required components for all posters

  • The Office of Global Initiatives' logo should be in the top, left-hand corner. Download.
  • The CIBER logo should be in the top, right-hand corner. Download.
  • Project title
  • Your name and email address
  • Your Global Program (be accurate), and your academic major
  • Check your spelling. Your credibility diminishes significantly if there are typographic errors on your poster. 
  • View a sample template created in PowerPoint.
  • Student poster presentation examples (topics vary):

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