Office of Career Services - Testudo

International Student Career Services Roundtable

April 11-12, 2018
College Park, MD

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.

We are currently seeking conference proposals. If you have a best practice involving international students that you'd like to share, please let us know by completing the form below. We'd love to feature you at our next gathering!

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Marcus Dickson Marcus Dickson, PhD., Director of Executive Education and Psychology Professor, Wayne State University
Addressing Two Key Challenges with International Students: Building Leadership Capacity and Addressing Cultural Bias
This 2-part series will draw on recent research on cross-cultural leadership and perceptions of bias and discrimination in the US to generate strategies for supporting international students in graduate programs. Using research findings as a starting point, we will facilitate discussion around how programs can assist students in their development as leaders and how to navigate an unfamiliar cultural environment.


Rebecca Worthington-Estrada Rebecca Worthington-Estrada, Survey Research Manager, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Foreign Business Students in the US – 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admissions offices, alumni, and corporate recruiters about international students in the US pipeline – including unpublished results from the 2018 Corporate Recruiters Survey.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 student behavior you would like to see more of.
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 US 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 US-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% (or higher) employment for the past 4 years.   With an international student population of 84%, 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.
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.
Rebecca Bonco Rebecca Bonco, Associate Director, Georgetown University
Building International Student Inclusion While Increasing Global Job Opportunities
Learn how Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Graduate Career Center created a program aimed at leveraging their international students’ home-country expertise to create global job opportunities.  SFS graduate students, representing various regions and countries from around the world, shared their experiences and insights into culture, work, and education to help broaden their peers perspectives.  Students gained an understanding of unique issues facing these countries and got advice on ways to leverage their skills in a targeted region.