Students crowded around the CIA’s table at the International
Opportunities Fair yesterday, looking at job and internship
possibilities while collecting compasses and other giveaways.
The CIA was one of more than 40 organizations showcased at the
event, held in the Michigan Union and designed to give students
interested in international programs the chance to investigate
volunteer, employment and study abroad opportunities.
The fair was part of a newly initiated program, International
Career Pathways, which also featured a series of panels Wednesday
and yesterday, bringing professionals from the international arena
to tell students about their experiences in the field.
Sponsored by 11 university centers and schools, the event was
developed out of student interest and draws on the expertise of
multiple schools and colleges, said Sally Schueneman, the
University Career Center’s events manager.
“It’s so comprehensive because it includes the fair and the
programs, and with 11 sponsors, it’s such a collaborative effort
that it allows us to target students across campus,” she said. “I
think it was of real interest to students looking for full-time
positions, graduate school and summer positions abroad, a chance
for students to connect with some of the organizations and to learn
more about careers from professionals in the field.”
With about 600 to 700 undergraduate and graduate students
working abroad in not-for-credit experiences, Office of Overseas
Opportunities Director Bill Nolting said he felt the program would
be informative for a wide array of students, expanding beyond the
credit-based possibilities offered by the study abroad fair.
“I felt – and the other people on the planning committee felt –
that people with international interests besides study abroad were
not being served,” Nolting said.
“These are organizations where graduating seniors can … be
placed in working and interning positions abroad. These
organizations can in part help graduate students with overseas
Nolting said the event, for which the planning started a year
ago, will continue.
“If it seems to be a success, if the number of people that are
there is such that it would bode well for it to be an annual
event,” Nolting said.
LSA senior Cristina Jim�nez, an international student
from Ecuador, attended the fair in search of full-time
international positions in political science, but said she found
more information directed at internship and volunteer work.
“It is helpful in a few ways, so I can fall back on an
internship if I don’t get a job,” she said. Jim�nez added
that she would recommend the fair to anyone looking for an
“It opens your eyes to what’s out there,” she said.
Business School senior Roman Ginzburg said the fair was helpful
because it provided him with information on different
Ginzburg came to the fair to learn more about international
career opportunities, specifically focusing on careers in
sustainable economic development, and said he was looking for
potential programs in Eastern Europe.
“I learned more about the Peace Corps, not only on the grass
roots level, but that they have opportunities other than teaching,
and that’s definitely a plus,” he said.
Ginzburg said the fair was a valuable resource that allowed many
students to hone in on opportunities based on their individual
“If they’re interested in international opportunities, this is a
great place to learn about it,” Ginzburg said.
“But people coming to it need to know what their interests are.
It helps to have some focus on what you want to do,” he added.