International Student Career Boot Camp 2017

Date(s): Wednesday and Thursday, October 25 & 26, 2017

Time: Check-in and breakfast: 8:30 - 9 am. Event time: 9 am - 1 pm

Location: Kent Student Center, room 306 ABC


Event Information for International Students

Career Exploration and Development is hosting a unique career focused event for international students at Kent State University. International students are encouraged to attend this workshop series:

  • To prepare for seeking full-time, part-time, internship/co-op, and on-campus student employment.
  • To gain an understanding of cultural expectations of professionalism in the U.S.A.
  • To better understand the legal requirements for working in the United States
  • To earn the Career Ready certificate that can be added as an achievement to resumes and can be used as a talking point during career fairs.
  • To be eligible to become an “International Career Ambassador” which will be considered a leadership position on campus.
  • In addition to the educational and interactive sessions about careers, students will also get an opportunity to learn from a panel of KSU’s international faculty and staff about their personal journeys and experiences.
  • Breakfast will be provided.

This fall, international students have the opportunity to earn the Career Ready Certificate. This event would enable International students to receive up to 70 points towards the Career Ready Certificate. For more information about this certificate, please refer to the section on the Career Ready Certificate below.



  • While registration is not required, students who pre-register for the event will earn 5 points towards the Career Ready Certificate.
  • For more information and to pre-register, Login to Flash @ Work, then click on: 1) Career Events, 2) search event date (October 25) 3) Choose the International Student Career boot camp and 4) Click on Register for Event
  • Questions? Contact Krittika Grau, Career Advisor, at or call 330-672-8361
  • Dress code: Business Casual

Agenda for the Event:

Day 1: October 25th, 9 am – 1 pm, KSC 306 ABC

8:30-9:00 am

Continental breakfast and check in (Outside room 306ABC, Kent Student Center)

9:00-9:05 am

Welcome message from Kristin Williams, Executive Director of Career Exploration and Development

9:05-10:30 am

Resume writing for international students (presentation followed by a peer to peer resume critiquing session. Students attending this session are required to bring a printed  copy of their resume

10: 35 am – 12:00 pm

Interviewing Skills for International Students (presentation followed by round tables to talk about difficult questions)

12:05 pm – 1:00 pm

Career Fair Prep and Elevator Pitches (presentation, followed by practice session


Day 2: October 26th, 9 am – 1 pm, KSC 306 ABC

8:30-9:00 am

Continental breakfast and check in (Outside room 306ABC, Kent Student Center)

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Finding on-campus and off campus employment (presentation only)

10:00 am – 11:00 am

CPT/OPT/ AT basics (presentation only)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

H1B Visa Information (Presentation Only)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Faculty and Staff Panel (Question - Answer Session)

Career Ready Certificate – International Students Only

  • The career ready certificate may be earned by a student who accumulates at least 150 career points by May 4, 2018.
  • A student may include the career ready certification on their resume.
  • International Students who have successfully earned the Career Ready Certificate will be given special badges to wear for the Spring Career Fair in 2018, so employers can easily identify them as Career Ready students. Students may earn the certificate if they receive ALL 150 points prior to the fair.
  • Finally, International students who earn the Career Ready certificate will be eligible to apply to be an International Career Ambassador position through Career Exploration and Development. For questions about this position, please email Krittika Grau at
  • To receive career points, a student may attend a variety of career events or utilize CED’s resources (listed below) and get their “Career Ready Passports” stamped as proof of attendance. Each event is worth points. Students may earn their certificate if they have a minimum of 150 points by May 4, 2018.
  • DO NOT LOSE YOUR PASSPORTS as that is a student’s only way of receiving the Career Ready Certificate.
    • Passports will be provided at the Boot Camp or may be picked up at the CED office (Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, starting September 1, 2017).
    • To receive the Career Ready Certificate, submit your stamped passport to Krittika Grau, in the CED office, by May 4, 2018, 5 p.m.
    • Points may be added retroactively for events if students provide proof of attendance or if no proof is available, they may write a one-page, double-spaced paper to write about their experience of attending the event and highlight what they learned as a result of attending the event.
  • The following table will be used to record student’s points (this will be web based so it will all be on the same page and won’t be on the next page):

Points Table for Career Points:

Event/Activity Date/Time/Location Total Career Points (200) Student's Earned Points Stamp/Signature
Big Dream Gathering September 12, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Student Center Ballroom 10    
IS/IT Meet and Greet September 13, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Kent Student Center, 2nd Floor Rotunda 25    
JCPenney Suit Up Event September 17, 2017, 6:30 – 10 p.m., JCPenney, Chapel Hill Mall 15    
Fall Internship, Co-Op and Career Fair September 21, 2017, Noon - 4:00 pm, Student Recreation and Wellness Center 25    
International Student Career Boot Camp October 25th & 26th, 9:00 am - 1 pm, Kent Student Center, rooms 306 ABC 70 (10 max points for each session)    
Pre-registration for International Student Career Boot Camp Register through 5    
Sales Fair October 26, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Student Center Ballroom 5    
Resume/Cover Letter Critique CED drop-in hours or approved campus career partner (find list of approved partners on homepage) 10 (5 points for resume and 5 for cover letter). Points will only be provided for one critique and not follow-ups    
Appointment with Career Advisor or CED representative

At CED office. Appointments can be made through KSU Advising

or approved campus career partner (find list of approved partners on homepage)


Points will only be provided for one appointment and not follow-ups
Spring Internship, Co-Op and Career Fair TBD 25    
Other approved campus career events Various 10 points each if approved    

*University Closure and Cancellation of Classes:  If the university is closed due to inclement weather (see the Kent State Advisory page), this event will not be held.  If classes only have been cancelled, visit the Kent State Advisory page for updates regarding the status of this event.  If this event is cancelled, Career Exploration and Development will communicate with employers, students and alumni regarding next-steps when the university reopens.