Illinois State’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Career Center will partner to host an award-winning series of workshops for international students wanting to work in the United States.

The International Career Series provides important information on resume crafting, job applications and visa procedures for all international students who wish to work in the U.S. The workshops are spread across the semester from early September to November. The staff from the Career Center will be available for students to help with resumes and better ways of job searching. Representatives from the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) will be present to highlight the international perspective during the workshops.

All workshops are free and will be held at 110P Student Services Building for one hour, unless otherwise noted.

This fall’s International Career Series is a joint venture sponsored by OISP and the Career Center.

Resume Critiques

September 2: Megan Turner and Maureen Roach from the Career Center will be available for drop-in resume critiques between 1–3 p.m. in Old Union’s first floor lobby.

Crafting Your Resume

September 9: This presentation will be facilitated by Jessica Denny from Country Financial, with a focus on resume development and how to tailor resumes to the job/industry for students seeking internships (CPT) or full-time job opportunities (OPT). Students will learn the cultural differences between a U.S. resume and an international resume. Students will also obtain a brief overview of Career Center resources.

Business Communication

September 25: This session will provide helpful tips on developing effective communication skills for various business settings from formal interviews to social networking events. Lance Lippert and Steve Hunt from Illinois State’s School of Communication faculty will facilitate this session.

Utilizing the Right Tools for Job Searching

October 5: Students will learn effective ways to conduct an internship and job search from Career Center staff. Students will also obtain a brief overview of Career Center resources.

Interviewing from an International Perspective

October 23: This presentation will be provided by Luis Canales, director of OISP, with a focus on interviewing tips and behavioral-based interviewing techniques.

Life after OPT

November 13: International students will hear from Attorney Thomas Arkell about life after OPT and application procedures with a focus specifically on H-1B visas and how students should go about applying.

For more information, contact OISP at or (309) 438-5276.