Learning Abroad Center

2018 Conference

Career Integration Education Abroad Conference

The University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center and CET co-hosted a conference on August 8–10, 2018, in Washington, DC. International educators, career service and employer relations professionals, faculty, student service professionals, recruiters, and industry leaders shared best practices and innovations within the fields of education abroad and career services. Career Integration builds upon the University of Minnesota's proven methodologies for integrating experience abroad into student career and life planning. Leading scholars and professionals in the field of international education and business presented cutting-edge scholarship and praxis at the August conference.

Content Committee Members

Session Presentations



Day 1

August 8, 2018 | City View Room at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.—Opening Reception

6:30 p..m.—Welcome & Remarks

Welcome Address

Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs, University of Minnesota

Day 2

August 9, 2018 | The Madison Hotel

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.—Registration & Full Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.—Welcome

Mark Lenhart, Executive Director, CET Academic Programs

Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean, Learning Abroad, University of Minnesota

9:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.—Keynote

Next Steps to Support International Education and the Globally Prepared Workforce

Dr. Esther Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators

10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.—Session 1

A. Resilience: From Study Abroad to the Workplace 

Andrea Custodi, Director of Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, CET Academic Programs

Kelly McLaughlin, Deputy Director of Center for International and Professional Experience, Yale University

Christine Anderson, Learning Abroad Center Academic Director, University of Minnesota

Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Executive Director, Center for International Programs, Kalamazoo College

B. Enhancing Career Readiness Through CliftonStrengths-Based Programming Abroad and on Campus 

Amy Bowes, Senior Advisor, and Program Coordinator, University of Iowa, Study Abroad

Carri Orrison, Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships – Global Experiences

Amanda McFadden, Director, Academic Programs and International Services, University of Iowa, Pomerantz Career Center

C. Preparing Irish and International Students for Employment Through International Internships on Both Sides of the Atlantic 

Sorcha Mulcahy, Deputy Director UCD Career Development Centre, University College Dublin

Nannette Ripmeester, Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility, Netherlands

Patrick Smith, UCD North American Global Centre, University College Dublin

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.—Lunch and Plenary

Sponsored by: CAPA The Global Education Network

Divided By a Common Language?: A Debate On the Role of Language in Career Development Abroad

Martha Johnson, Assistant Dean, Learning Abroad, University of Minnesota

Mark Lenhart, Executive Director, CET Academic Programs

Moderated by: John Christian, CAPA The Global Education Network

1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. —Dessert & Coffee Break in the Exhibition Hall

2:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.—Lightning Round 1 (20-minute presentation and additional 10 minute Q&A)

A. Feeding the Pipeline: Career Education Abroad at the High School/Pre-College Level 

Laurie Black, Director, High School/Pre-College Division, CET Academic Programs

Tess Cannon, High School/Pre-College Manager, CET Academic Programs

B. Working Internationally: Designing and Delivering a Course with Specialist Perspectives 

Amanda McFadden, Director of Academic Programs & International Services, Pomerantz Career Center—The University of Iowa

Erin Johnson, Associate Professor of Instruction & Director, Undergraduate Program in Management & Organizations—The University of Iowa

C. Preparing Students for Entrepreneurship in a Global Context 

Peter Abramo, Director of Entrepreneurship, The College of Wooster

D. US Department of State Study Abroad Scholarships Lead to International Careers 

Rebecca Gailey, USA Study Abroad Officer, US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Jennifer Lawson, USA Study Abroad Outreach Officer, US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

2:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.—Lightning Round 2 (20-minute presentation and additional 10 minutes of Q&A)

A. Leveraging Partnerships Within the University of Minnesota 

Steve Cisneros, Program Director, President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) Program, University of Minnesota

Scott Daby, Assistant Director of Advising & Enrollment, Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota

B. Beyond Internships: Integrating Career Readiness into Faculty-Led Programs 

Kerry O’Brien, Coordinator for Short-Term Programs, University of Maryland

Ilana Waldman, International Coordinator Arizona State University

C. Leveraging International Alumni to Facilitate High-Impact Internships Abroad 

Laura L. Hammond, Assistant Director, Experience and Professional Development, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University

Annika Turner, Associate Director, TuckGO, Global Insight Expeditions, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

D. Meeting Students Where They Are: Career Integration During Every Step of the Study Abroad Experience 

Amber Bieneck Thom, Career Counselor, University of St. Thomas

Sarah Huesing, Assistant Director of Study Abroad, University of St. Thomas

3:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.—Coffee Break in the Exhibition Hall

3:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.—Session 2 

A. Minding the Skills Gap: Getting Study Abroad Students and Employers on the Same Page 

Clair Bryan, Education Abroad Coordinator for Spain and Latin America Programs, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eden Haycraft, Senior Assistant Director for Employer Relations and Career Connections Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B. From Study Abroad to Internships Abroad: Continuing to shape the journey vs. the destination for liberal arts students 

Neal McKinney, Associate Director for Off-Campus Programs, DePauw University

Chris Klein, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Programs, DePauw University

C. Critical Issues in Developing Internship Course Content 

Christine Anderson, Academic Director, Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota

Andrea Custodi, Director of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, CET Academic Programs

D. Career Minded Marketing: Exposing Employability Benefits of Study Abroad 

Maria Wentworth, Senior Marketing Specialist, Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota

Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Day 3

August 10, 2018 | The Madison Hotel

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.—Full Continental Breakfast

9:30a.m.–10:30 a.m.—Session 3

A. What Matters? Reviewing the Impact of Experience Abroad on Employment (vol. 3) Call for Papers 

Michael Woolf, Deputy President for Strategic Development, CAPA: The Global Education Network

Kim Hindbjorgen Assistant Director, Curriculum and Career Integration, Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota

B. Increasing International Internship Participation Through Innovative Partnerships 

Chelsea Keen, Global Experiences Coordinator, Career Enrichment Network, College of Liberal Arts, Penn State University

Eliza Leland, College Relations Manager of Internship Programming, IES Internships

Hilles Hughes, Director of Career Services, Marietta College

Angela Schwarzer, College Relations Manager, Internship Programming, IES Internships

C. #Alternative Facts: Dispelling the myth that short-term programs do not have career development value 

Lindsey Lahr, Program Director, Instructor-led Programs, Learning Abroad Center, University of Minnesota

Tricia Todd, MPH, Interim Director, Pre-Health Student Resource Center Instructor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Lisa Novack, Associate Director of Student Services in the Carlson Undergraduate Business Career Center, University of Minnesota

D. Connecting the Dots: Integrating Learning Abroad and Career Skills Through ePortfolios 

Paloma Rodriguez, Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs, University of Florida International Center

Andie Cochran, Associate Director for Career and Industry Engagement at the University of Florida Career Resource Center

Ann Hubbard, Vice President of AIFS Study Abroad

10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.—Session 4

A. Gen Z and the Future of Work: Crafting a New Approach to Interning Abroad 

Dana Elliott, Institutional Relations Representative, Global Education Oregon

Samantha Cooper, AIC London Director at Academic Internship Council

Ed Gunn, Director at Moixa Home Energy Storage

B. Why China Internships Lead to Great Careers 

Jeremy Friedlein, Director of CET Shanghai, CET Academic Programs

CET Program alumni currently working in Washington, DC

C. Career Readiness in Liberal Arts Education: Bridging Education Abroad and Career Development 

Tim Dohmen, Learning Abroad Center Program Director, College of Liberal Arts Initiatives Liaison, University of Minnesota

Erica Tealy, Career Counselor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.—Lunch and Plenary Panel

Panel Discussion with the Rangel Fellows

Tonija Hope Navas, Director, Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center

2:30 p.m.–OPTIONAL: Visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sign up during registration to end your visit to DC with a trip to the Smithsonian’s newest museum. The cost is $10 and includes a timed entry ticket for the afternoon and transit to the museum.