2015 Spring Conference – International Careers Consortium

International Careers Consortium Annual Conference

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Suffolk University

8:30-9:00:      Arrival and Continental Breakfast + Networking

9:00-9:15:      Opening Remarks: Dr. Kathy Sparaco, Director for International Programs and Services, Suffolk University

9:15-10:30     International Career Advising “All Grown Up”: Providing Effective Professional Development for International Adult Learners


Molly Young, Assistant Director for International Affairs, Cambridge College                                               

Jackie Iannone, Career, Academic & Disability Services Advisor, Cambridge College
Description: This panel will provide recommendations for career development collaboration, programming, and advising for non-traditional international learners (defined at 23+ in an undergraduate or graduate program). Best practices for career development of international students across the institution. Discussion and audience engagement related to successful collaboration between international and career focused departments in higher education.


11-12:30        Special Interest Discussions

An opportunity for participants to find others with similar interests and discuss current topics that relate to Work/Study Abroad, International Student Services and Career Services. Participants will have a range of topics to choose from and will rotate to three different tables for facilitated discussion.

  1. Assessing international student’s English language and career search skills to provide resources to help
  2. “Plan B” for international students who can not find a job in the US after     graduation (other immigration options, other career options such as working abroad)
  3. Best Practices for assisting students with finding internships abroad
  4. How to host an online networking event for students interested in international careers utilizing alumni in the US and abroad
  5. Best Practices for collaboration and programming between Career, Education Abroad, and International Offices
  6. Utilizing Education Abroad, International Student, and Career Offices alumni networks for job and internship networking

12:30-1:30     Lunch + Networking

1:30-3:00       Best Practices Panel: Three Dimensions of International Internships

Developing an International Partnership: Connecting Entrepreneurial Interns to Dublin’s Tech and Startup world

Jessica Burns, Director of Operations, Global Experiences

Description: Recognizing Dublin’s reputation as an emerging tech and startup hub, Global Experiences developed a responsive program wherein interns are experientially connected to the innovative energy and industries of the city. Millennials are among the most entrepreneurial generations forging careers in a job market, which demands global competency and adaptability. Project Innovation provides opportunities for global networking, entrepreneurial skill development and career crystallization through international internships and programming in the tech and startup world.

Academic Framework: Working with faculty on pedagogy and syllabi for internship courses  

Alison LaLond Wyant, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, Arcadia University Description: We all want to give credit where credit is due, but standard rubrics for that decision-making aren’t easy to come by for internships abroad. We’ll explore the ins and outs of assessing students’ internship experiences overseas and awarding academic credit. Participants will walk away armed with a richer understanding of the academic internship landscape, and pro-internship arguments to use with faculty.”

On-Site Learning: Supporting student learning within the context of an international internship 

Samantha LaCroix, University Relations Director EUSA – Academic Internship Programs
Decription: Studies show improved outcomes when students continuously engage in reflective processes throughout the learning experience. Since many students pursue an internship for the professional experience, identifying and reflecting on their learning goals and  development of skills – as opposed to specific tasks – is often relegated to the bookends of an internship. As educators, how can we support and empower students in articulating and evaluating their own objectives and accomplishments? Together we will explore practices that can be incorporated into your students’ time abroad to support fully engaged learning within the context of their internship.


3:15-4:15       Richard L. Iandoli, Esq.

Immigration Attorney

Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C.

This session will cover updates on U.S. work visa options for international students and potential ways in which institutions may become involved their approach. There will be ample time for the audience to ask questions.

4:15-5:00       Coffee/Dessert + Networking