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In collaboration with over 30 Michigan universities, GTRI is conducted two career development conferences for international students across the state in 2014-2015.  The goal of these conferences was to provide specialized sessions that help international students prepare for their U.S. job search, connect them to international student friendly employers in Michigan, and encourage them to choose Michigan as their internship and post-graduation destination.

The Conference Sessions Included:

Resumes and Cover Letters
Cover letters and resumes are not written the same way in all cultures. Employers in the U.S. have very specific expectations. If they don’t find what they are looking for, you likely will not get an interview. Learn how to make your cover letter and resume stand out from the others and land that interview!

Presentation by Dr. Laurence Jose, GVSU


H-1B & Beyond
What happens after your OPT expires? What options do you have to continue to work in the U.S? Many employers avoid hiring international students because they don’t know enough about your immigration options. It is important that you know your options and their impact on the employer so you can help them understand that, with proper planning, the road to H1B and beyond is not as difficult as they may have found.

Presentation by Susan Im, Immigration Attorney, ImLaw


Entrepreneurship & EB-5 Investor Visas
Are you interested in starting your own business? Would you like to utilize the EB-5 program for immigrant investors? Join our panelists to hear about immigration options that are available to foreign national entrepreneurs such as the H-1B, O-1, E-2 and national interest waiver, as well as receive an overview of the immigrant investor program.

Presenter: Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director for the Michigan Office for New Americans


Employer Panel
Learn what employers are looking for in a successful job candidate. They will talk about working in their industry as well as common mistakes international students make and how to sell yourself to the Michigan employer.

Searching for an Internship or Job: Best Practices
What is the best way to search for an internship or job? What resources are available? What is the best use of your time when searching? GTRI’s GOregistry, LinkedIn, networking, and getting the most out of your career office will be presented.
Presenters Allison Fox, MSU Career Services; Alan Headbloom, Headbloom Cross Cultural Communications; Anne Craft, GTRI

Detroit Conference Presentations:

Click HERE to see presentation slides from the November 21 conference in Detroit!

For pictures from our past events, check out our Photo Gallery!


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Esther Liu, New Hire at Vectorform

“I recently attended one of the conferences at MSU a few weeks back, and yesterday I just received an offer from one of the employers that presented! I just want to thank you for taking the initiative and bridging the gap between international students and Michigan employers. Most of all, you bring hope to us who feel lost in the job search. 🙂 “

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