KU to host career workshop for alumni of Department of State program

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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will host a career readiness workshop for alumni of the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Approximately 55 participants from across the Midwest will learn how to connect their international experience to career skills, hear from industry professionals, and network with presenters and peers at the Gilman Alumni Workshop on Friday, Sept. 21, at the Adams Alumni Center.

The congressionally funded Gilman program broadens the U.S. student population studying and interning abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Pell Grant recipients who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise study abroad. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 28,000 Gilman scholars to 145 countries around the globe.

“The Gilman Program aims to make study abroad and its career advantages more accessible and inclusive for all American students. We look forward to including the voices of alumni from across Kansas and throughout the region at the workshop,” said Heidi Manley, chief of USA Study Abroad at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selects universities to host and develop workshops that showcase career development opportunities for Gilman alumni. In part, KU was selected for its success in producing Gilman Scholars, ranking 16th for Gilman Scholars in STEM fields and 23rd overall in the total number of Gilman scholarship recipients in 2016-17. The KU workshop will leverage expertise within the Office of Study Abroad, University Career Center and TRIO Program to offer a tailored professional development and networking experience to previous Gilman Scholarship recipients.

“It is such a privilege to host the career workshop for the Gilman International Scholarship program at KU,” said Charles Bankart, associate vice provost for international programs at KU. “What is particularly striking to me is how convening this wonderful group …

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