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Other institutions are developing opportunities for
students to have career-related international experiences
without needing to travel abroad. Swinburne University
of Technology, for example, is collaborating with the
University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and a
nonprofit partner in India to launch a virtual internship
program in 2017.
Teams of four to six interns from both institutions
will participate in a paid 12-week project-based internship with a social enterprise based in India. The program
includes professional development workshops with career consulting professionals addressing topics such as
navigating a virtual work environment, managing time,
dealing with distractions, and communicating effectively. Students also participate in one-on-one career
consultations throughout the program to explore career
opportunities and take part in a
reflective workshop that includes employability skill
Institutions have
development.
"I developed the
found a variety of ways to
concept
whilst workhelp students draw connections
ing with overseas
between their international
communities...as
experiences and employability,
a way for students
ranging from campuswide
who are unable,
career integration to
either because of fiinternational studies
nancial disadvantage
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ments or disability, to gain
global exposure and experience," Appleby says.
Another example is the International Studies Certificate at Santa Fe College, a program that integrates
curricular and cocurricular elements, such as study
abroad. The capstone project for the certificate is an electronic portfolio where students reflect on their global
learning.
"The electronic portfolio is a tool that easily allows
us to connect career development to every aspect of the
program from the very beginning. As students participate
in experiences at home or abroad they upload to their
e-portfolio their reflections, pictures, and international
research projects with an employer audience in mind,"
Rodriguez explains.
Other organizations and institutions provide students
with concrete opportunities to leverage their global experiences on their home campuses. Education abroad provider
AIFS Study Abroad, for example, offers its alumni the opportunity to be ambassadors upon their return home.

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"This professional development program provides
students an opportunity to share their study abroad
experiences in a meaningful way and offers a series of
monthly workshops focused on the job search process.
We discuss topics including marketing your international
experience in an interview, how to navigate interviews
successfully, and what to do once you are in your first
professional position," says Manginelli.
Clark University has a similar initiative that invites
study abroad returnees to work at study abroad fairs,
speak with prospective students, and participate in predeparture orientations.
"Through these conversations they learn to thoughtfully express the value of their experiences and often come
to a slow realization of how much they have changed during their time away," says Whitehead Hanks.

Assessing the Employability Value of
International Experiences
Even though employability has received much more attention in the international education community in the
last few years, some experts caution that there is a need
for both more academic research on the topic and the
development of concrete assessment tools. It's also important not to overstate the potential career impact of
education abroad.
Uwe Brandenburg, managing partner at CHE consult,
says that education abroad experiences are best leveraged
to strengthen student employability when we are able to
know who benefits from which type of mobility and who
doesn't. "This means proper evaluation and monitoring.
Taking internationalization as being good in itself leads to
no, or biased, assessment," he says.
Berquist notes that the body of research on the relationship between education abroad and employability is
small but growing. However, he notes it's important not
to overstate the potential impact of education abroad on
a student's career.
"I encourage international educators and career
services professionals to be cautious not to set false
expectations in terms of an immediate (career) benefit
from international experience. It is often over the course
of one's career that the benefit is perceived, not in immediate job prospects after graduation."
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In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
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