2012 has been a great year so far. OISS has hosted events we’ve never hosted before!
Part of what we do is educate our students about their work authorization options. Through Governor Snyder’s Global Michigan initiative, we are also doing our part to educate employers about what international students have to offer.
In January, we partnered with the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan (part of Global Initiatives in the Broad College of Business at MSU) to host the event Connect your Business to MSU’s Global Talent: Practical Steps & A World of Benefit.
Employers were able to hear about work authorization options that international students have, as well as from a panel of employers who have hired international students, and students who have worked for Michigan companies. Athena Trentin was present to talk about The Importance of Immigrant Talent to Michigan Businesses and the efforts of the Global Talent Retention Initiative (GTRI), and Ryan Lamb, an attorney with Foster Swift, presented on Practical Steps to Acquiring International Interns & New Hires.
Other resources: GTRI on Facebook
On Friday, February 24th, we hosted our first-ever entrepreneurship event just for international students. Explore Entrepreneurship: International Student Forum was held at the Kellogg Center and was a great example of cross-campus and community collaboration.
Speakers introduced themselves (there was also a presentation on H-1B visa and the E-series of visas) and then were available to speak with students individually about their questions related to starting a business in the U.S.
Our supporters included:
- Jeff Smith, Sara Graham, and Ken Szymusiak from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)
- Andre’ Dandridge (representing the Community Economic Development Inclusiveness Grant) and several students from the MSU College of Law representing the Small Business and Nonprofit Law Clinic
- Dr. Forrest Carter on behalf of the MSU Entrepreneurship Network (MSU eNet)
- Ryan Lamb, attorney with Foster Swift
- Tom Stewart and Catherine Mooney from the NEO Center