What is the Career Integration Conference?

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 services professionals can be maximized to help students find success in the job market. Drawing on the location of Washington, DC, effective partnerships with employers in the government and non-profit organizations will also be highlighted.

Why should I attend the Career Integration Conference?

Leading scholars and professionals in the fields of international education and career planning will present cutting-edge scholarships and best practices. Employers and recruiters from various business sectors will add perspective on how international experience contributes to the workplace.

Hear from inspiring plenary speakers. The 2016 conference featured Shama Hyder, called the “Zen Master of Marketing” by Entrepreneur Magazine and the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by Fast Company. John Gerzema, New York Times best-selling author and social strategist, spoke to 2014 conference attendees about the use of data to identify social change and help companies anticipate and adapt to new trends and demands.

Building on the success of the 2014 and 2016 conferences, the 2018 conference provides a unique opportunity to network with colleagues that share common focus and goals.

About Washington, DC

As a capital city, Washington, DC provides access to government, international organizations, and related industries unlike any other city in the US. These networks will add a new dimension to the Career Integration Conference and bring new industries to the table to join the conversation. Hear from professionals from non-profits and NGOs with domestic and international agendas, cybersecurity and technology, government, consulting, and education.

While you’re here, enjoy DC’s free and low-cost sightseeing opportunities: the National Mall, network of Smithsonian museums, The Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress among many. Been to DC before? Visit the new African American Museum of History and Culture, restaurant hop on 14th St. and try out some of the best spots in DC’s ever-changing restaurant scene, or head to Rock Creek Park for a run.

About the Venues


Conference Hotel

The Madison, A Hilton Hotel

1177 15th Street NW

Just blocks from the White House and National Mall, The Madison provides a convenient location for the Career Integration Conference and enjoying all that DC has to offer.

Conference Host

About The UMN Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) is the University of Minnesota’s comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, research, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide. The LAC offers over 300 programs in more than 80 countries as well as a full range of advising and support services to students, including program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, credit, cultural adjustment, travel planning, travel products, and re-entry programming.

About CET Academic Programs

CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has been developing and delivering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, and today offers a varied portfolio of semester, summer, and short-term customized programs for college, high school, and pre-college students in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Known for strong academics, professional program management, and supportive student services, CET strives to integrate students into their host communities, adopt environmentally conscientious practices, and promote diversity and inclusion across all programs.