Career Exploration Program for International Students

What is the Career Exploration Program?

The Career Exploration Program is a series of workshops and events offered each term to encourage international students to become career ready. Early career preparation will give you the confidence and skills necessary to help you land a job once you complete your degree, whether in the U.S. or internationally. 

Early career preparation can include one or more of the following:

  • Getting a job on campus
  • Getting an off-campus internship (paid or unpaid) during the summer vacation period
  • Learning about employment benefits for international students
  • Choosing or changing a major
  • Understanding the U.S. business culture and norms
  • Improving your business English language skills
  • Learning how to develop a resume (C.V.) which highlights your education, experience and skills
  • Learning how to interview for a job
  • And more...

Who Can Participate?

The Career Exploration Program is for all international students, including undergraduate, graduate and exchange students. 

How Does the Program Work?

The Career Exploration Program is a workshop collaboration with several UO campus partners including International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), University Career Center, Tykeson Academic and Career Advising, Mills International Center, American English Institute, Holden Center, Division of Graduate Studies, and Student Conflict Resolution Center

Workshops will be offered fall, winter and spring terms. Some workshops will repeat each term and there will be new workshops each term. One central focus of each term will be Career Readiness Week and the Career and Internship Expo. You can participate in as many workshops as you want. Some workshops and events will only be in-person; some will be virtual.

Advanced registration is required for most workshops.

Career Readiness Roadmap

Download a Career Readiness Roadmap, thanks to the University Career Center

Fall 2022 workshops & events

Want More? check out University Career Center events for all students

Week 2

October 5

Intro to College Career Readiness

What international students can do early on to prepare for their career. Facilitators: Tram Anh Hoang, International Graduate Student, and Becky Crabtree, ISSS

Agate Hall 100 | 4 pm

Register Here

Week 2

October 6

Work Authorization for International Students in the U.S. Workshop

Learn about the immigration regulations for F-1 and J-1 international students for on and off-campus work authorization, including Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and Academic Training (AT). We will also touch briefly on pathways to H1B and Permanent Resident status. Facilitator: Becky Crabtree, ISSS

Virtual via Zoom | 4 pm

Register Here

Week 2

October 7

Panel Discussion - On-Campus Employment for International Students

First hand experience with finding on-campus employment shared by this panel of international students! Join to hear their stories, tips, challenges, and opportunities, and get ready for your own job hunting. Facilitator: Murad Mikayilzade, International Student

Virtual via Zoom | 5 pm

Register Here

Week 3

October 13

Professional Communication in U.S. Business Culture Workshop

What you say and how you say it matters! In this virtual workshop you will practice professional communication skills including speaking tone and volume, eye contact, and specific phrases to use when networking and job hunting. We will focus on increasing skills and confidence when introducing yourself and when asking questions. Facilitators: Jennifer Rice and Trish Pashby, American English Institute

Virtual via Zoom | 11 am

Register Here

Week 3

October 14

Optional Practical Training (for any F-1 international student who plans to graduate this year)

OPT work authorization application workshop for any F-1 international student who plans to graduate this year. Facilitator: Yu Zhang, International Student & Scholar Services

Agate Hall 100 | 11 am

No Registration Required

Week 4

October 17-November 28

English Language Circle

Come practice your English in a friendly, informal circle. Meets every Monday evening.

Mills International Center

Mills International Center | 5 pm

For details:

Register Here

Week 4

October 20

Resume Writing Workshop for International Students

This is an introductory workshop for international students interested in creating a U.S. style resume. Facilitated by Theresa Cuenca, University Career Center

Virtual (must register for link) | 1 pm

Register Here via Handshake

Week 4

October 20

Career Readiness: Make Connections Today!

Networking and gaining an internship should be essential aspects in building your career. Learn a few easy techniques using resources you already have access to, and explore how you can use them to help you find your next job or internship. Facilitators: Paolo Daniele, Division of Graduate Studies and Li-Hsien Yang, Center for Applied Second Language Studies

Agate Hall 100 | 2 pm

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Week 5

Oct. 21 -28

Fall Career Readiness Week

Find daily ways to engage your career curiosity with workshops, alumni panels, career chats, and the Career & Internship Expo that will help you develop skills and connections on the road to career readiness. University Career Center

Events Schedule

Virtual offerings are accessed through Handshake

Week 5

October 26

Fall Career and Internship Expo: Preview and Tour

First Career and Internship Expo? Or just a little nervous? Come early and get a low-stress, behind-the-scenes look at how to navigate the expo and make a good first impression with employers. Bring a friend! University Career Center

EMU Ballroom | 11:15 am

Week 5

October 26

UO Fall Career and Internship Expo

Get curious about your future and make connections with cool employers! Over 70+ businesses, non-profits, and government agencies are on-campus and excited to share more with you about their organization and early career talent opportunities.  Bring your resume! University Career Center

EMU Ballroom | 12 - 4 pm

Week 6

November 2

Choosing a Major Workshop - CANCELED

Are you interested in a major, but unsure how to decide and how it relates to a career? This workshop will help you identify your interests and discuss the significance of a degree as it relates to transferable skills. You will be introduced to VitaNavis, a self-assessment tool, that matches your personality and interests with educational and career pathways. Facilitator: Gretchen Hill, Tykeson Academic & Career Advising 


Agate Hall 100 | 3:30 pm

Week 6
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Week 7

November 7

Identifying & Exploring Your Personal Values

This workshop will give insight into the core values that drive our lives and equip participants with skills that will allow them to live and lead in accordance with their personal values. We will also discuss how our identities influence our values, and how we can work well with others who hold different values. Facilitator: Holden Center

Holden Center (EMU 047) | 2 pm

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Week 7
November 8

International Student Career Panel: Success Stories of UO Alumni

Interested in working in the U.S. after graduation but not sure how to best prepare yourself? This panel discussion will be a great place for you to hear the success stories, challenges, and tips from UO alumni who have already been working on OPT, STEM OPT, and beyond. Facilitator: Yu Zhang, ISSS

Panelists: Rituparna from India; Saumya from Bangladesh; Tang from Nepal; Thuy from Vietnam; Yoshimi from Japan; Zoey from China

Virtual via Zoom | 3 pm

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Week 8

November 16

Managing Conflict in the U.S. Business Workplace Workshop

This workshop will approach the topic of conflict in the workplace and provide support to students and staff on how to navigate those instances. The workshop will include definitions of workplace conflict, tools and techniques to approach resolution, a scenario to practice those tools and techniques, and time for questions or comments. Facilitator: Mariah Nevarez, Student Conflict Resolution Center

Virtual only via Zoom | 1 pm

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Week 8
November 17

Cross-Cultural Coaching Session

Living, learning, and working in a culture that is not your own culture can be puzzling and challenging. Misunderstandings are likely, yet we may or may not actually know they are happening. Come chat with us and share your experiences. We’ll offer a sympathetic ear and if you like, some ideas about what might be going on and what you can do. 

Facilitators: Sonja Rasmussen, Director, and Biju Ghimire, Intercultural Education Coordinator, Mills International Center

Mills International Center, EMU | 12:30 pm

Register Here