International Student Career Services Roundtable

April 11-12, 2018
College Park, MD

Event Highlights: Smith Hosts International Student Career Services Conference
Career counselors from more than 55 universities convened at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School Business to trade information and best practices for international job seekers in MBA and specialty master’s programs. The Smith School has hosted the International Student Career Services Round Table for four consecutive years. More than 100 professionals were in attendance April 11-12, 2018.

Join university career services professionals from across the country to discuss the most salient issues affecting international students today and how to best serve them in order to help them reach their career goals.

Hosted by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, the roundtable provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts in the field, share best practices and resources as well as network with colleagues at peer institutions. This will be our fourth year hosting this hugely successful event which brings together more than 100 professionals from over 55 colleges and universities.



Marcus Dickson Marcus Dickson, PhD, Professor of Organizational Psychology, Wayne State University
Thinking Culturally to Promote International Students’ Success and Well-being
This session will draw on recent research on cultural values and perceptions of bias and discrimination in the U.S. to start the conversation about how we can support international students in graduate programs. Using research findings as a starting point, we will facilitate discussion around how programs can assist students in navigating an unfamiliar cultural environment, and how programs can anticipate culture-based challenges and opportunities.


Rebecca Worthington-Estrada Rebecca Worthington-Estrada, Survey Research Manager, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Foreign Business Students in the U.S. – from Pipeline to Employment, What You Need to Know
During this session, GMAC will present data from their latest surveys of prospective students, admissions offices, alumni, and corporate recruiters about international students in the U.S. pipeline – including unpublished results from the 2018 Corporate Recruiters Survey.
Jacques Demenge Jacques Domenge, Assistant Director, Johns Hopkins University
How We Increased Attendance Ten-Fold
Having seen attendance to career development programming gradually decrease over the past few years, JHU decided to try something new. This presentation will tell you all about how they not only largely solved the problem of diminishing attendance but also, how they designed a mechanism using principles of gamification to increase almost any desired student behavior.
Wenting Wu
Yangyang (Yoyo) Ye
Wenting Wu, AUCA President and Director of Strategic and Global Initiatives, University of Southern California
Yangyang (Yoyo) Ye, International Career Strategist, University of Southern California (USA)

American Universities in China Association (AUCA) - Making Connections Between Chinese Employers and Returning Overseas Students
The AUCA is an open organization for U.S. universities’ representatives based in Mainland China to exchange information and resources, as well as, pursue collaboration and partnerships for the purpose of better promoting the universities they represent and further advancing U.S.-China higher education internationalization. During this session, learn how the current member universities have partnered to offer bi-annual conferences and career fairs for their students returning to China and how you can get your university involved.
Christian Eder
Nitin Agrawal
Christian Eder, Co-Founder, Interstride
Nitin Agrawal, Co-Founder, Interstride
Maximize International Students' Potential Through the Latest Mobile Technology
Interstride developed a mobile platform that offers high-quality content, communication tools, assessment tests, and access to the latest employment and immigration information. Career centers can provide international students with all the relevant information through an easy to use, intuitive and visually engaging mobile application that is appealing to millennials. Learn how career centers can use the latest mobile solution to advise, assist, and engage international students more effectively and efficiently.
Maggie Tomas Maggie Tomas, Director, University of Minnesota
Is Experiential Learning the Key to International Student's Employment Success?
The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business Master of Science in Business Analytics degree has achieved 99 percent (or higher) employment for the past four years. With an international student population of 84 percent, find out how this school in the northern Midwest uses a unique experiential learning curriculum model to provide students real-world experience so they are deemed fit for "specialized and H1-B worthy" data science roles.
Monica H. Kang Monica H. Kang, Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox
Transforming Problem Solving in International Student Career Services by Rethinking Creativity
Being creative, thoughtful and resourceful are essential as a university career service professional. But how can one learn to be more creative in face of limited resources, time and ever-changing processes when supporting students, especially international students? In this session, InnovatorsBox will share how creativity can help you become a better problem solver regardless of your job and constraints. Learn how you can be more creative and how playfulness can spark key insights.
Blake Chisom Blake Chisam, Partner, Fragomen Worldwide
Targeting Change in Immigration
This presentation will survey the relevant policy and practical changes regarding immigration, with an emphasis on how those changes will affect universities, students and recent graduates.
Brian LeDuc Brian LeDuc, Best Monday Ever, Higher Education Programs
The Power of Small Experiments: "Looping" Career Exploration
We now live in a creator economy where our career journeys require strategies no longer served by traditional job hunting. How do students navigate the fast-changing world of work when the jobs they really want are rarely advertised in addition to navigating an unfamiliar context, culture, and job market? Looping Method is the practice of small experiments to design your career even when you don’t know what you want. Born from a combination of design tactics, prototyping practices, and positive psychology, Looping Method primes a possibility-mindset and invitation for discovery and serendipity. In this session, the team at Best Monday Ever will equip career services pros to arm students with unconventional tools and strategies to clarify what they want and create empowering strategies to make it happen.
Rachel Frint Rachel Frint, Associate Director, New York University
Where are They Now? Launching a Career Progression Survey
The NYU Wasserman for Career Development at the School of Professional Studies (SPS) recognized a need to understand how NYUSPS degrees support career advancement over time. The goal was to compare data over three years to provide a more dynamic picture of students’ career progression. Emphasis was placed on global career mobility post-OPT and career advancement post-graduation. Find out how this small career services team designed the survey, collected data, created buy-in from stakeholders, and utilized results for 15 professional master’s degrees.