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language, etc.," says Jodi Hicks, assistant director of overseas programs at Chapman University.
Mark Lenhart, executive director of CET Academic
Programs, says that in addition to helping students articulate skills, "we could also do more to help students
understand the importance of fit." As he explains it, "students need to research that culture and be prepared to
demonstrate how their experiences, and their study abroad
experiences in particular, make them a good match."
The need to help students articulate the career benefits
of their international experience is not limited to study
abroad. Cheryl Matherly, vice president and vice provost
for international affairs at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, cautions that it's easy to assume that students who are
participating in international internships or fieldwork will
automatically make the connection between their international experience and their future employment because
the experience is seen as career-related.
"It was a big surprise to me to realize that if the internship was not exactly in line with what students
saw as a career goal, they tend to see it as more
of just a really good international experience. I
realized we have to be intentional with all of
our students," she says.
Matherly adds that even with intentional
activities linking international experiences
with career outcomes, it may still take students time to make the intended connections:
"A lot of students have told me they didn't
quite get why we were doing (these reflection
exercises), but they were grateful because they
realized later that they were exactly those kinds of
questions that were going to be asked by employers."

Johnson says that they engage with students "before,
during, and after" education abroad. "It quickly became
apparent to us that while we had historically engaged in
efforts to assist students upon reentry, that is actually too
late in the process. We have worked to create information tailored for students at each point in the process.
Our career colleagues have been invaluable in creating
these strategies and tools. For instance, our predeparture
checklist did not previously list a recommendation to
meet with a career adviser before going abroad. Now it
does!" Johnson explains.
At Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, Russian professor Mary Nicholas has created a course, The Global

RETURN on INVESTMENT

Helping Students Leverage
International Experiences
Institutions have found a variety of ways to help students
draw connections between their international experiences
and employability, ranging from campuswide career
integration to international studies certificates where
students develop an e-portfolio that can be shown to
prospective employers.
The Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, for example, launched a career integration initiative
three years ago with the goal of incorporating students'
experiences abroad into their career and life planning. According to Johnson, the center convened a campuswide
working group to assist them in better addressing and supporting the career development aspect of programs abroad.

Workplace: Preparing to Work Around the World, for
students in the College of Arts and Sciences. For the first
part of the course, students read a variety of literature
that allows them to study the notion of work culture in
different countries. Students then move on to exercises
designed to help them consider their own global competence and finish the course by developing digital portfolios
to demonstrate their ability to work in a global workplace.
"It's a very intentional approach to helping to close the
loop between a way that students think about their time
abroad and the relationship to actually getting a job afterwards," Matherly says.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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