Case Western Reserve University — International Student Career Specialist (Part-Time)


To support the strategic globalization and diversification initiative of Case Western Reserve University by working with international students to create meaningful career experiences that complement classroom learning and foster intellectual, professional, and personal development while increasing access to internship and post-graduate opportunities. The specialist will support and increase access to Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education opportunities in preparing students in their experiential education/job search. The international student career engagement specialist will work closely with the Center for International Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, and each of the schools of the university, excluding the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Law. This is a part-time position. 


  1. Orient international students to the American job search process through individual counseling and advising and specially designed workshops in collaboration with Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education staff. Meet one on one with students to provide guidance on experiential education and post-graduate opportunities. (25%)
  2. Create and implement strategy to increase international student awareness of experiential learning options, implications of work authorization status on the search process, and the various online resources available. (25%)
  3. Collaborate with Employer Experience Committee and the Managing Director of Partnerships for Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) to develop, launch, and lead a formal internship program designed exclusively for international students with local and national U.S. companies and organizations. (20%)
  4. Facilitate the contact between international students and hiring organizations by being aware of and reaching out to appropriate sources for support regarding immigration law, employment eligibility, work authorization and visa sponsorship processes, and the cultural issues related to a U.S. job search. (10%)


  1. Interface with International Student Services and other departments to complete paperwork (e.g., curricular practical training) for international students. Track Practicum students and ensure that they and their supervisors complete formative and summative evaluations completely and in a timely manner. (5%)
  2. Serve as part of the planning and implementation team for Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education student programming events. (5%)
  3. Strengthen and reinforce the mission of the Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education department and the division of Student Success through participation in weekly staff meetings and retreats, involvement on committees and action teams, and fostering partnerships between Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education and other offices. (5%)
  4. Update and maintain student, alumni, and employer database information as needed (3%)
  5. Contribute to the annual report of accomplishments and future directions. (2%)

Department: Regular contact with Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education staff to exchange information. 

University: Regular contact with the staff of the Center for International Affairs (particularly the Department of International Student Services), Undergraduate Studies, and Graduate Studies. Frequent contact with faculty and deans/associate deans in each school, particularly the Weatherhead School of Management, Case School of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences to exchange information. Frequent contact with the Division of Student Success, and those departments under its supervision to exchange information. 

External: Regular contact with alumni and members of business, community, and industry organizations to exchange information. 

Students: Regular contact with undergraduate, masters, doctoral and post-doc international students to exchange information.

No direct supervision responsibilities.

Experience: 3 years of relevant experience required in higher education, career services, human resources, or related areas with a focus in serving international populations. 

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.


  1. Experience in building relationships to achieve common goals, hiring practices, and comfort in communication/presentation of career-related topics. 
  2. Excellent intercultural communications skills, along with the ability to serve as a resource and to provide accurate information that could have legal implications. 
  3. Substantial and continually updated knowledge of immigration and work authorization regulations. 
  4. Knowledge of hiring and recruiting practice and job search strategies, particularly as they relate to the international student. 
  5. Strong oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, self-motivation, and leadership skills needed
  6. The ability to work in teams, multi-task, create and facilitate programs, understand corporate and academic environments, and supervise events is also required. 
  7. Familiar with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) 
  8. Ability to learn new software programs quickly required. 
  9. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  10. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.

General office environment; periodic evening and weekend programmatic responsibilities. Local and regional travel for employer outreach required. Periodic travel for national conference and employer outreach visits.