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to hire an international student they will need to sponsor the
student," he says.
Other institutions actively try to develop relationships with
employers who are open to hiring international students. Mark
Presnell, executive director of Northwestern Career Advancement
at Northwestern University, says they routinely talk to employers
about the ways in which they can hire international students-and
the benefits of doing so. "Our goal is to connect students in our
systems and at our events to employers that are supportive of
their visa status," he says.

Lehigh University's Center for Career and Professional
Development asked the Office of International Students and
Scholars to develop a two-page guide for employers that
provides basic information on terminology, different work
authorization options, social security, taxes, as well as a list of
the benefits of and myths about hiring international students.
The guide was authored by the director of international student
services, Samba Dieng, and is used by the career center in its
employer outreach.
"We have tried to do [employer outreach] more in terms of
getting good information out there and then focus on trying to
help individual students with networking," Matherly says.

Institutions Create Opportunities for
International Students to Gain Practical
Experience
The 2017 WES survey found that while international students
were generally satisfied with résumé assistance and career-focused
workshops provided by career services offices, they were dissatisfied with services that help connect students to jobs and internship opportunities. This dissatisfaction can often be exacerbated
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by a lack of on-campus jobs, which is the primary form of employment available to international students.
To help ensure that international students can find on-campus
jobs, NYIT allocates $25,000 a year to fund positions for international students. According to Executive Director John Hyde, the
Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations also tries to create
unpaid volunteer opportunities for international students where they
still have an opportunity to develop professional skills. For example,
the institution has received a grant that allowed it to reimburse
international students for transportation costs to get to and from
volunteering in an after-school program.
Other institutions, especially at the
graduate level, are building opportunities for
students to gain professional experience into
the curriculum. All first-year, full-time graduate students enrolled at IIT's Stuart School
of Business who have not completed at
least six months of professional work in the
United States must participate in the two-semester Advancing Career and Education
(ACE) program. Completing ACE is both a
graduation requirement and a prerequisite
to do an internship later on.
In the first semester, students are
required to attend workshops on cultural
differences, workplace norms in the United
States, goal setting, time management,
interpersonal communication, and job
search skills, among other topics. They also
develop a résumé and participate in informational interviews and networking events. During the second
semester, they are assigned to teams that work on a project for a
local company. The opportunity to gain professional competence
by working on a real project for a company is embedded into the
program, says director Curt E. Allee.

Close Collaboration is Required
Professionals in both the international education and career services
fields have recently recognized a growing need to serve international
students. Career counseling organizations such as the National
Career Development Association (NCDA) and the National
Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have increased their
focus on international students. A 2015 NCDA survey of career
services professionals found that more than half of career services
centers offered customized programs for international students.
However, a student survey conducted at the same time reported that
more than half of international students responding to the survey
had never utilized career services on their university campuses.
The 2017 WES survey similarly found that 43 percent of
international students were unfamiliar with the services offered
by career centers, which speaks to the need to do greater outreach



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - March/April 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Canada
Quick Questions
Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Cover2
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 1
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 2
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 3
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 4
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 5
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 6
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 7
International Educator - March/April 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - March/April 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 11
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 12
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Global Spotlight: Canada
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 14
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 15
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 17
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Using Technology to Reach Students Where They Are
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 19
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 20
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 21
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 22
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 23
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Global Connections, Staying Local: Online International Education Continues to Grow As an Alternative—and Support—to In-Person Study
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 25
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 26
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 27
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: Getting to Work How Career Services Offices Are Helping Students Launch Their Careers
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 30
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 31
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Feature: How Assessment Approaches Measure Up
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - 37
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 41
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 43
International Educator - March/April 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - March/April 2018 - 45
International Educator - March/April 2018 - Forum
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