International Career Pathways (ICP)

The International Career Pathways network brings University of Michigan students together with educators and employers to explore pathways to international careers through opportunities for significant experiences abroad (work, internships, volunteering and research abroad) and international education, both on-campus and abroad. 

International Career Pathways consists of:

   Going Global    My World Abroad


International Career Pathways Sessions, Fall 2016

Pursuing Global Careers: Dreams, Realities and Next Steps

Friday, September 16 | 12:00-1:00pm | Michigan Union, Pond Room ABC

Join this panel discussion on the dreams, realities, and next steps in pursuing a global career.

Careers & Internships with the U.S. Department of State

Tentative: Monday, September 19 | 6:00-7:30pm | Weill Hall (Ford School), Annenberg Auditorium 1120

The U.S. Department of State offers over 1,000 summer internships and hosts a variety of career paths at its embassies and missions throughout the world, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at facilities in approximately 20 other cities throughout the United States. Join us to learn more about the opportunities with the U.S. Department of State!

Going Beyond Awesome: Translating Education Abroad Experiences to Resumes, Interviews & More

Friday, September 23 | 12:00-1:00pm | Career Center

You're just back from study abroad and it was awesome! Now you want to tell recruiters and graduate schools about it but how can you possibly begin to describe it? Bring your resumes and interview questions and join as we translate “awesome” into bullet points, interview responses and more.

International Internships for Undergraduates

Monday, September 26 | 6:00-7:30pm | Ross School of Business, Robertson Auditorium

A presentation on international internship opportunities for University of Michigan undergraduates, provided by Ross and LSA administrators. Students who participated on internships in past years will speak to their experiences while on the internships, including daily life, takeaways, and budget. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A over Cookies, where students can mingle, have refreshments, and ask particular questions to administrators and past participants.

International Internships in Information

Thursday, September 29 & Friday, October 21 | 12:00-1:00pm | UMSI Engagement Center

Learn about the wide range of possibilities that you can pursue through an international intenship in the information sector. Panelists will talking about how the found and funded their internships, and the day to day realities.

Introduction to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process and Test

Thursday, September 29 | 6:00-7:30pm | Betty Ford Classroom (Room 1110)

Introduction to the Foreign Service Officer Selection Process and Test: Diplomat in Residence Drew Mann will review the path to a career as a Foreign Service Officer, and provide detailed information about each step in the process. Are you considering whether to take the Foreign Service Test? Trying to figure out the best time of year (October, February, or June) to do so? Curious about the format of the test, what subjects are covered, how to prepare, and test-taking strategies? If so, be sure to attend this session. Students who are considering applying to the Department of State are encouraged to contact Mr. Mann directly This program is part of U-M International Career Pathways. Sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Finding Funding for Internships & Research Abroad

Wednesday, October 5 | 12:00-1:00pm | 1636 School of Social Work Building

This panel will cover funding options for overseas internships and research opportunities, for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students. Representatives of several U-M funding offices will provide information, and you will be able to meet with them individually.

Navigating the U.S. Job Search (for international students only)

Tuesday, October 11 | 2:00-4:00pm | Michigan Union, Kuenzel

Do you plan to work in the United States after finishing your degree? This program is designed to help international students maximize their chances of finding employment in this country. We'll discuss interview preparation, resume writing, cross-cultural issues, networking, and ways to identify appropriate opportunities. We'll also provide an overview of immigration regulations pertinent to international students, and Career Center services that are available to you on this campus.

International Internships & Research for Engineers

Tuesday, October 11 | 5:30-7:00pm | 2505 GG Brown

Take your professional development to the next level with an intern or research abroad experience. Co-sponsored by the Engineering Career Resource Center and International Programs in Engineering, this panel event will feature students and staff ready to introduce you to a range of international internship and research opportunities for engineers. Students will also share how they landed an internship and made the most of their time working abroad.

Leveraging Language and Area Studies Training for Your Career

Thursday, October 13 | 4:00-5:00pm | International Institute

Panel discussion with alums who are using language study in their field of study. Targeted to undergraduate students but open to everyone. Language and area studies programs will also be invited to join a small fair after the panel discussion.

Global Health & Development Career

Tuesday, October 25 | 5:00-7:00pm | Michigan Union

Global health offers a range of career possibilities, from academia, to the non-profit, governmental, and for-profit sectors. Come hear about some career opportunities and learn how to better prepare for the global health careers of the future.

Teaching & Volunteering Abroad

Tuesday, October 25 | 7:00-8:30pm | Michigan Union, Pond Room ABC

Programs for teaching and volunteering abroad offer a vast range of opportunities in fields such as health, social work, natural resources and teaching English. Positions are available for undergraduate and graduate/professional students, as well as for those about to graduate. Find out about some well-established programs and follow up with their representatives (and others) at the International Opportunities Fair the following day.

International Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, October 26 | 2:00-6:00pm | Michigan Union, Ballroom

The International Opportunities Fair is a great way to connect with organizations with an international focus right here on campus! We expect 50-60 organizations and 400+ students to participate in the event. The Fair includes:

  • Internships/Short-term Work Abroad Programs/Organizations
  • Study-Internship Programs/Organizations
  • Volunteer/Teaching Abroad Programs/Organizations
  • Graduate School Programs
  • Organizations with full-time positions (eg: government organizations with international focus)

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Health and Development Work Abroad: Ethics and Best Practices

Wednesday, November 2 | 5:00-7:00pm | 1240 School of Nursing Building, 426 N. Ingalls

Growing numbers of Americans work in developing countries as volunteers or as employees of government agencies, NGOs and charities devoted to humanitarian aid. Many of these activities are meant to address gaps in the health care available to communities with limited resources; some provide direct patient care, while others address more systemic issues such as access to vaccines and/or training to increase the number of local health care professionals. While most of these efforts are well-intentioned and many provide much-needed assistance, some have been shown not only to be ineffective but also to have unanticipated negative consequences. This panel will address both the practical and the ethical dimensions of foreign involvement in health care delivery and development in low-resource communities.

Using Language and Area Studies With Your Professional Degree

Thursday, November 10 | 4:00-5:00pm | International Institute

Panel discussion including professional degree alums who are using language study in their field of study. Targeted to professional school students but open to everyone. Language and area studies programs will also be invited to join a small fair after the panel discussion.

Peace Corps Information Session

Tuesday, November 15 | 5:00-6:30 pm | International Center Conference Room

Join us to learn more about the Peace Corps application process and general Peace Corps experiences!

Engineering as a Global Profession

Thursday, November 17 | 4:00-6:00pm | Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Building, Room 1012 FXB

"Engineering is a global profession." Yes, yes, you may have heard this time and again. But, seriously, what does that mean? You might not end up living or even traveling abroad for your job so what does this have to do with you. Come to this panel and networking session with guests from industry and academia to hear about how and why their work is global. Whether you've had an international experience already or not yet or are an international student, this session is for you! After the panel, you will also have the opportunity to ask questions and network in a casual environment. Light refreshments will be served.

Lost in Translation: Stories of Global Experiences

Thursday, November 17 | 6:30-8:30pm | North Quad, Space 2435

Join UM students, faculty, and staff in this storytelling event as part of the ICP series. Audience members will get to listen to storytellers share about their international experiences. This event is similar to “The Moth” in which true stories are told in a live setting. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to attend.

We are pleased to host the International Opportunities Fair, an event that brings students and representatives of organizations together to explore:

  • international career options
  • work, internship and volunteer abroad programs
  • fellowship and scholarship programs for study and work abroad
  • universities offering international degree programs

Based on the success of previous fairs, we expect around 400 students to participate in this event.

The fair will be held in the Michigan Union (2nd floor) at 3-6pm on Thursday, October 19, 2017. 

Information for Organizations

Registration for Organizations

Information for Students

Students, register at the event (see below for more information)

See the Panel Discussions and download the flyer.

What to Expect

The International Opportunities Fair is a great way to connect with international organizations right here on campus! We're anticipating more than 50 organizations offering something for everyone:

  • Explore opportunities for work, internships and volunteering abroad
  • Explore international graduate programs
  • Build networks for the future
  • Learn more about exciting international careers

Student Registration

U-M Ann Arbor Students

  • Registration for the fair will be on-site the day of the event (2nd floor Michigan Union)
  • There is no registration fee
  • Bring your student ID

Non U-M Ann Arbor Students 

  • This event is for U-M Ann Arbor students and alumni(ae)
  • Non U-M Ann Arbor students will be charged $20 (cash or check)
  • Interviews scheduled to be conducted at The Career Center are for U-M Ann Arbor students only

Quick Tips

Take these tips from employers and make the most of your interactions with organizations at the fair:

Do your homework

Employers tell us research is the key to successful exploration. It will allow you to make the most of your time at the Fair.

Make your resume work for you

Spend some time developing your resumé. It's your introduction to organizations attending the fair and the “legacy” you leave after the fair. 

Dress for Success 

Organizations participating in fairs say first impressions count, so give some thought to what you wear to the fair. Consider the type of organization/position you are interested in and take notice of what employers wear at presentations, on the organization web site or in the literature. Suits or business casual...both are appropriate for International Opportunities Fair. Keep in mind, however, “business casual” doesn't mean “classroom casual”. In general it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. Bottom line – you want the organization to focus on the content of your conversation not on what you're wearing. 

Come prepared

Your resume will be helpful for organizations featuring full-time and/or internship opportunties. Unofficial transcripts, reference sheets, a pen/pencil and notebook may also come in handy.

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