“Which companies are hiring, do I meet their requirements, will this be a good fit for me,” are just a few of the questions students often ask as they consider full-time employment, internships or assistantships. However, the number and types of questions often multiply for those from abroad who are studying in the United States.

The Career Center’s Cultural Career Network seeks to address some of those concerns by hosting the International Student Career Series this fall. The three-part program, co-hosted with the Office of International Studies and Programs, specifically provides Illinois State’s international students with career support to help them remain competitive and increase their confidence in the job market.

The International Student Career Series includes:

  • CPT and Career Center Resources, September 1, noon – 1 p.m. – Held at 110P Student Services Building, students learn about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and the Career Center resources available to help effectively navigate the job search and interview process when seeking full-time employment, internships, and assistantships in the United States.
  • International Student Networking and Etiquette Luncheon, October 27, noon – 1:30 p.m. – Interacting with employers can be particularly challenging when cultural norms differ. This crash course on networking and dining will reveal American fine dining and business etiquette and allow attendees to practice while dining at the Hancock Stadium Club.  Students are required to register online or by contacting the Career Center to attend.
  • Customizing Résumés to Jobs, November 10, noon – 1 p.m. – Résumé writing is not as difficult as one may think. Held in 110P Student Services Building, students learn how to draft a general résumé and how to tailor it for part-time, internships, assistantships, or full-time positions.

“In today’s competitive job market, finding a job can be overwhelming for many graduating students. This can be even more difficult for international students who are interested in employment in the United States,” comments Career Center Senior Assistant Director Maureen Roach. “The International Student Career Series is an example of Illinois State’s commitment to diversity, and the Career Center’s mission of assisting all Illinois State students with developing, evaluating, and implementing career decisions.”

For more information about the International Student Career Series, or to request special accommodations, contact the Career Center.

The Career Center’s Cultural Career Network (CCN) prepares students for the workplace in areas of networking and career awareness. CCN encourages students of diverse backgrounds to participate in a variety of events designed to connect them with employers, and to provide resources about available internship and career opportunities.