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International Students: Signature Career Event

Date & Time

Monday, November 06, 2023, 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.




MPR - Busch Student Center, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States


Tamara Peters

International Career Signature Event
UPDATE: We wanted to inform you that our International Students: Signature Career Event is FREE for all student participants. All students who previously paid for this event will be refunded soon. Please contact if you have any questions.

If you're an international student interested in finding an internship or job in the United States, the International Students: Signature Career Event is not to be missed! At the event, you will learn how CES and Rutgers Global support you, the resources available, and employment options on F1 or J1 student visas during the Beyond OPT: Visas After Graduation session with Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP.

In an interactive session, you'll have the opportunity to learn and define networking, networking etiquette, and personal branding, or if you're already comfortable with networking, attend a session that will equip you with strategies and language to tackle questions about visa statuses & employment. You pick the session you'd like to attend!

During the catered dinner, you'll hear from Rutgers International Student alumni from various disciplines who secured positions in the United States and how they did it! Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity—seats are limited!

Event Highlights Include:
* Session on Networking or Visa Status Elevator Pitch
* Panel of International Student Alumni
* Beyond OPT: Visas After Graduation Session
* Professional Padfolio

Check-in will open at 4:30 pm.

Attendance at this event earns Rutgers, New Brunswick students FOUR #RutgersWorks Free Tuition Challenge stamps. Visit for more information.

For accommodation needs or requests, please email - Brought to you by the Office of Career Exploration and Success

Event Program

Breakout Sessions – Two Options (Students Will Pick One)

Make your Network Work: Develop your Personal Brand for Personal and Professional Success


  • Ava Aulisi, Program Director for the Education, Human Services, Non-Profits & Law, Public Health, Policy, and Safety Career Interest Communities, Rutgers University-NewBrunswick, Office of Career Exploration and Success
  • Scott Borden, Career Advisor, Rutgers University-NewBrunswick, Office of Career Exploration and Success

Networking is integral to personal and professional communication and crucial to building a personal brand and professional success. While this term is used often, and this concept is simple in theory, networking can be more challenging. As international students, learn fundamental networking basics to simplify this communication process to succeed in your professional growth.

Ava Aulisi is the Program Director for the Education, Human Services, Non-Profits & Law, Public Health, Policy, and Safety Career Interest Communities within the Office of Career Exploration and Success at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Ava assists students in navigating their career journeys through alum mentorship and engagement, networking opportunities, programming, and advisement. Additionally, Ava serves as a Chair of the Education, Human Services, Non-Profits & Law, Public Health, Policy, and Safety Advisory Board, where she collaborates with campus partners to form strategic partnerships in programming, student services, employment opportunities, and career development.

Scott Borden is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Career Counselor on staff at Rutgers University Career Exploration and Success (CES). Scott brings over 20 years of professional experience to guiding students and adults in making informed educational, career, and life-planning decisions. He manages and trains graduate student counseling interns for CES and maintains a private counseling and consulting practice in central NJ.

Honing Your Visa Status Elevator Pitch


  • Bill Keyes, Program Director, International House Philadelphia (IHP)

Many employers do not understand how easy it is to hire an international graduate in F-1 status. For international students, the ability to summarize this in a concise and positive way can make all the difference during the application process. With the help of a facilitator, students who join this session will workshop their “visa status elevator pitch” in groups and come away ready to deploy it when needed.

Bill Keyes is Program Director for International House Philadelphia (IHP), a nonprofit organization that aids in the success of international students across Greater Philadelphia. Bill is an immigrant to the US and has spent the last 7 years supporting international students and scholars in Philadelphia. Prior to joining IHP, Bill managed International Student and Scholar Services at University of the Sciences, serving as the PDSO/RO and advising students and scholars on immigration matters.

Panel Discussion with International Alumni (All Students)

All the panelists were international Students when they attended Rutgers and have now secured full time employment. Learn about how they navigated barriers and achieved career success! Students will have the opportunity to ask questions they may have.

Main Session: Beyond OPT: Visas After Graduation (All Students)


  • Maria Mihaylova, Associate from Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP

Interested in working in the U.S. after graduation? Attend this in-person session presented by the immigration law firm, Klasko. Through the session, you will learn the following: 1. Current Regulatory/Immigration Policy Updates (OPT, H-1B, and more) 2. Alternatives to the H-1B visa program - options to continue study or training in the United States 3. Common Avenues that lead to Lawful Permanent Residence, and 4. Resources for assistance with immigration matters.

As a former international student, Maria Mihaylova is passionate about helping F-1 international students understand and plan their futures in the United States. She is a Senior Associate at Klasko Immigration Law Partners and advises small, medium and large corporate employers on immigration matters. She also works with entrepreneurs and investors, helping start-up organizations retain the best talent they need.