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The 2018 Call for Proposals is now available. Submissions are due January 15, 2018.

2018 Career Integration Conference: Leveraging Partnerships

Call for Proposals

The Career Integration Conference brings international educators, career service professionals, recruiters, and industry leaders together to examine the intersections of study abroad and career planning. The theme of the 2018 conference, “Leveraging Partnerships,” examines how connections between study abroad and career service professionals can be maximized to help students find success in the job market. Drawing on the location of Washington, DC, the conference will highlight effective partnerships with employers in government and nonprofit organizations.

The Committee invites proposals focusing on leveraging partnerships in international education that result in a variety of presenters and perspectives.  


Session Topics

Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to:


  • Global Views on Employability. What is the impact of providing internships and service-learning opportunities to US students in countries with staggeringly high rates of joblessness and lack of opportunities for in-country residents? Themes could include government strategies, universities’ impact or lack of impact, and unique initiatives or systems that lead to employability or skill building.


  • Diversity & Career Preparation. The impact of prejudice is contested and controversial. To what degree is it appropriate or advisable at home or abroad to directly confront issues of discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and so on?


  • Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs) & Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Partnerships.  How do we as a field better partner with organizations to further connect and prepare students to showcase their skills and proficiencies acquired while abroad?  


  • Impact of Career Focus on International Education. Over the last decade, the discourse around student mobility has altered. Less emphasis is placed on the idea of transnational education as a collective good (grassroots empathy, enhanced understanding) and more focus is given to personal benefit, particularly employability.  What are some of the pitfalls and possibilities?


  • Alternative to Careers. When advising students to prepare for volunteer opportunities at home and abroad, what special demands are made on staff and faculty? How can on-site partners take a more proactive role?


  • Utilizing Career Readiness Expertise in Program Development. How do we better connect career development outcomes to program pedagogy to further enhance best practices into the career and life planning of students?  


  • Discipline Specific Approaches & Specialist Perspectives. Can comprehensive universities support students with aspirations certain areas (e.g., the creative arts)? Does the sector outside of specialist institutions have the expertise or contacts to establish or leverage partnerships?


  • Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has different implications in various contexts: social entrepreneurship is clearly different from a Los Angeles startup. What, in short, does entrepreneurship mean and is it possible to prepare students effectively? Case studies.


  • Redundancies & Repetitions. There are potential frustrations for students and institutions/organizations if there is not a delineation of responsibility between US universities and international organizations abroad. How can these redundancies be avoided? Conversely, how can the benefits of these partnerships be maximized?


  • International Careers. Preparing students for the challenges of mobility offers some new yet challenging perspectives. How do we define an “international” career? It is not the same as a career with international aspects, but is predicated on mobility (e.g., the military; arms sales, diplomacy). How do we approach these areas? Case studies, arguments.


Types of Sessions

General Sessions 
General sessions will be one hour in length with a maximum of four participants.

Lightning Round Sessions 

Each presenter will give a 15-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of audience discussion with the purpose of exchanging feedback and ideas on a variety of topics.

Proposal Submission Information

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Applicants will be notified of proposal approval in March 2018.

All correspondence from conference organizers will be sent to lead presenter; lead presenter agrees to communicate with additional presenters.

You may be invited to collaborate with others who have proposed similar topics.

Titles and session descriptions may be edited for content and length.

For questions regarding the submission process contact Kim Hindbjorgen, Assistant Director, Curriculum and Career Integration, University of Minnesota at [email protected].

Proposal Submission Form

Proposal Submission Form

Lead Presenter Information

Additional Presenter(s)

You may add up to 3 additional presenters.

Session Information