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International Student Career Series

Career Series SP2024

The University of Maryland offers high quality career development to students through different departments, colleges or degree levels. In 2019, International Student and Scholar Services, Engineering Career Services, Professional and Career Services for Ph.D., the University Career Center, and Business Career Services launched the International Student Career Series. This series provides a unique opportunity for international students to engage with career development programs and offerings of the various career offices on-campus. ISSS facilitates the convening of representatives from each unit to meet regularly throughout the year and to discuss programming that best meets the career needs of international students at UMD.

What is the International Student Career Series? 
It is a group of workshops/programs facilitated and curated by professional staff that focus on specific career needs of international students.  Below is a sampling of programs we have offered in the past. 

Handshake for International Students    Thursday, February 1 1:00pm-2:00pm ET    This is an overview of the University Career Center's Handshake system, emphasizing tools and features that are handy for international students. Handshake is a career management platform for UMD students and Alumni. Use Handshake to RSVP for workshops and employer events, apply for interviews, or schedule an appointment with a career advisor.    

Thursday, February 1, 2024 
12:00-1:00pm ET 

Learn some of the cultural norms of the U.S. workplace and how to focus your internship search effectively. We will also review basic job search strategies and the process for enrolling in CPT.

 February 12, 2024 
12:00-1:00pm ET 

As a graduate student, you may have heard over and over about the importance of networking. Yet, the thought of talking to strangers can be a little overwhelming. As an international student, you may also feel confused about networking etiquette in the U.S. or need clarification about how to best present yourself in a new cultural environment. The good news is that networking skills can be developed over time. Networking also comes in many different forms, and you can choose what works best for you.

Come to this interactive workshop in person and take your first step to building up your confidence in networking. We will walk you through the tips and tricks of networking and provide you with a safe environment to begin practicing this critical skill that will help you tremendously throughout your career.

Friday, February 16, 2024 
3:00-4:00pm ET
ESJ 1215 

Do you need clarification about options for staying and working in the United States after graduation? Are you worried about the H1B quota? Is it true that OPT has been extended to 2 years? We are pleased to sponsor a seminar presented by an experienced immigration attorney. Topics will include a detailed discussion of the H1B visa, the most popular work visa in the US, Optional Practical Training (OPT), and options for pursuing permanent residence through employment. In addition, our speaker will provide practical strategies for talking to employers about work visa issues during interviews.    https://umd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIocuCtqDkpGd3j7qt_RNPwhmM1wK2UemeF

Thursday, February 29, 2024 
12:00-1:00pm ET 

View the recording.

This session, led by an International Student Advisor, will assist International Students in applying for work authorization, known as CPT, which allows F-1 students wishing to participate in an off-campus training program that is an integral part of an established curriculum. CPT authorization must be obtained BEFORE you begin working.

Attend this workshop to learn about the CPT application process.

Recording Link
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Looking for work as an international student can be daunting. Learn some of the cultural norms of the US work world and how to focus your internship search effectively. We will also review basic job search strategies, the process for enrolling in CPT, and how to use our jobs database, Handshake.  

Recording Link
Passcode: R5H7wP*2

Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with clean and friendly cities, world-class universities, and business and job opportunities.  Express Entry is the application process for skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently and participate in our economy. Express Entry facilitates selecting individuals most likely to succeed in Canada through a point system for factors including age, education, employment experience, and language skills. Country of citizenship is not a factor for eligibility, and there are no country caps.  Attend the Embassy of Canada‚Äôs information session to learn directly from their senior immigration officer what experience, skills, and background are required to make
Canada is your permanent home. Learn more about how the Express Entry system
works and what Canada offers you and your family.    

Looking for a summer internship as an international student can be daunting. Learn some search strategies and how to focus your search efforts effectively. 

Zoom Recording Link
Passcode: F$e#&K1e

How can I sign up for these events?
These opportunities are advertised on the  ISSS calendar of events, UCC events page, and announced in the [ISSS weekly newsletters]. 

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