Volume 99 | October 2021
OGA Newsletter
The Office of Global Activities (OGA) is dedicated to connecting MSW students to international social work opportunities through fundingspecial programs, academic resources, internationalized curriculum, and arranging faculty and student exchanges at partner institutions.
Spotlight: International Opportunities Fair
International Opportunities Fair
Thursday, October 21 from 12:00 - 2:30 PM EDT
The International Opportunities Fair is a great way to connect with organizations with an international focus! The Fair focuses on the following types of opportunities: internships abroad, volunteering abroad, teaching abroad, post-graduation opportunities, and grants/fellowships/scholarships.

This year, the fair will be held virtually via Handshake. Organizations will have open opportunities for 1:1 and/or group sessions. Pre-registration opens today (10/18).
Date: Tuesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 21
Brief Description: The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law of UNSW Sydney will bring together speakers and delegates from around the world. This global event takes participants to the cutting edge of thinking at an urgent time in policymaking. Whatever the outcome of the upcoming Glasgow talks, people will continue to move away from the impacts of climate change and disasters – often because they have no choice. Where will they go and how? Will the law be a help or a hindrance? How do we make practical progress? Sessions will accessible from multiple time zones, and registered delegates will be able to view them on demand. All students are welcome to register for free.
Date: Wednesday, October 20 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: International Student Lunch Conversation is a casual time and space for international students to virtually connect with each other and talk about life as an international student in the U.S. and at U-M. The International Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will inform you of the current services they are offering, share resources for your mental health, and more, but you are also open to bring your own topics of conversation. Feel free to eat your lunch during this event!
Date: Wednesday, October 20 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionInterested in pursuing a career overseas in the Netherlands? This virtual session will discuss visas, relocation, and job market considerations when moving to the Netherlands. In particular, the session will focus on the Dutch Orientation Year Visa, a program that does not require sponsorship for U.S. and international students who received their master’s, post-master’s or doctoral degree.
Date: Friday, October 22 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionJoin your recruiters for this virtual workshop to learn what steps are required to complete your Peace Corps application. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about service, learn steps you can take to improve your resume and personal statement, and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application process. 
Date: Monday, November 1 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: Next week, the International Institute will be hosting its first webinar for the Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) Program. This session will discuss topics related to the program structure, admissions requirements, funding and financial aid, specialization tracks, and dual-degree opportunities for students interested in applying for the Fall 2022 term.
Date: Friday, November 19 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionJoin the International Center virtually over lunch to discuss special topics and explore the resources available for international students and scholars. Discussions are informal and it's a great place to get your burning questions answered!
Brief Description: To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Indigenous Peoples' Day, Professor Cristina Bares of the U-M SSW hosted a video session with Erika Murcia about her new project Antología Maternidad Creativa: Recordar el latido original del útero. In 2017, Erika graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from U-M, where she was a Community-Based Initiative in Detroit Scholar. To connect with the author or obtain a copy of the book, please email her at [email protected].
International Career Pathways is a cross-unit initiative that aims to compile and highlight events happening across campus pertaining to global internships, service, and careers!

Date: Wednesday, October 20 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: Interested in careers in public policy, law, and human rights? Join to learn from Hardy Vieux, Chief of Staff of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Date: Monday, October 25 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: Interested in humanitarian and international development careers with Mercy Corps? Join to learn from Michelle LeMeur, Gender Equality, and Social Inclusion (GESI) Director, Mercy Corps Nepal.

Date: Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: A panel of global health and development professionals will share their career stories, including preparation, training, and advice for prospective global professionals.
Professional Opportunities
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 19
Brief Description: The International Programs Advisor/Coordinator at International Programs in Engineering (IPE) has primary responsibility for student advising, admissions, program promotion, pre-departure and re-entry programming as well as overall portfolio management.
Application Deadline: Friday, October 29
Brief Description: The Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies (GCWPS) provides students an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary cohort of Graduate Fellows, interested in performance as an artistic and scholarly field of inquiry. The GCWPS requires 9 credit hours of coursework over the span of twelve months. Graduate Fellows are awarded a $3500 stipend for a summer research project, internship or practicum, to take place in the summer.
Application Deadline: Monday, November 1
Brief DescriptionThis unique 12-month professional development opportunity is designed for individuals dedicated to a career in international relief and development. CRS is one of the largest and most trusted international relief and development organizations. In more than 100 countries worldwide, CRS promotes transformative and sustainable change by using holistic approaches, engaging people at all levels, and tailoring their work to the needs of the people they serve.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (Rolling admission)
Brief DescriptionThe Ottawa Internship Program is designed to provide a first-hand learning experience in Canadian government through placement with a Member of Parliament or Senator in the capital of Canada. Students will work in a parliamentarian's office for a period of five weeks. This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all majors and all colleges of the University of Michigan.
Grant Opportunities
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 16 by 8:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionThe CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. This opportunity would be appropriate for 20-month SSW students and possibly dual degree students. 
Application Deadline: Thursday, December 30 at 5:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionBlakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese at the advanced level in approved language programs in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Deadline: Rolling
Brief Description: The International Center offers a grant opportunity to help student organizations and University departments recognize the diversity of the U-M international student population through special events and programming. Organizations and departments should apply at least 14 days in advance of their event (the earlier, the better). Grants amounts will vary based on the submitted budget and the availability of funds.
Deadline: Rolling
Brief Description: Subject to availability of funding, awards will be made to faculty, students, and staff presenting Africa-focused papers or serving as chairs or discussants for Africa-focused sessions at regional, national, or international conferences. Priority is given to applicants who have not received prior ASC funding and to projects focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.
Deadline: Rolling
Brief Description: The U.S. Department of Education provides a variety of grant opportunities. Eligibility, funding amounts, and deadlines vary.
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