Harnessing Top Talent in the Translation and Localization Industry – Welocalize West Coast Internships

Samantha Henderson is a Program Director at global translation and localization company, Welocalize. Sam currently works with the MIIS careers team to help recruit and develop interns who are interested in a career in translation and localization. In this blog, she talks about how she became involved with MIIS. Continue reading

Your First Year After MIIS

Career Advice for After Graduate School – Navigating Your First Few Years

Congratulations to the new MIIS graduating class of 2016!  You’re entering the workforce at a dynamic time, and hopefully are well on your way to getting that first job or key internship opportunity. However, I want to talk to you all about how you can navigate another critical time in your career development – that first couple of years on the job. Continue reading

Is it Inappropriate for Men to Ask Women Out at Work?

Comedian and late night television host, Samantha Bee, brought up something interesting on her show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, about sexual harassment.

She started off with a couple of news stories of women facing discrimination for avoiding men’s sexual advances at work, and at the end of her segment she said, “Right now I’m actually picturing some guy saying, ‘Ugh! What do I have to do? Stop asking women out at work because it makes them uncomfortable?’” To which she replied, “Yes, you are at work.” Continue reading

Fulbright US Student Program: The Application is Now Open!

Greetings, US students!

  • Have you created a great research proposal that you’d love to implement in the field?
  • Are you looking to take your English teaching experience to the next level internationally?
  • Are you a digital storytelling guru with a passion for exploring issues through film, blogging and photography?
  • Are you an aspiring policy advisor seeking direct experience in a foreign government ministry on a specific issue?
  • Have you ever considered applying for a Fulbright Award?

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New Job Search Tool: Global Professional Search (GPS)

Before I begin talking about this exciting new tool we’ve brought to MIIS, I wanted to ask: have you noticed the cool new rotating menu of external sites on the bottom left side of your Zócalo home page? My colleague Grace developed this, and I think it’s a great way to highlight all of the great tools we’ve subscribed to in support of your career search. Happy exploring!   Continue reading

MIIS “Breaks Spring” in Washington, DC

Scott @ Relief International

Scott Webb (MPA ’07) at right with students visiting Relief International in March 2016.

While the stereotypical spring breakers head to far-flung destinations to absorb sun and fun, about 60 MIIS students got themselves to Washington DC where the MIIS Center for Advising and Career Services (CACS) and Alumni Relations Office collaborated to arrange 32 distinct events for MIIS students to network, learn, and develop their careers. Continue reading

Gender Pronouns and a Young Woman’s Career

It all started with a post on the “Student Affairs Professionals” Facebook group. Chris Liebert of The University of Kansas wrote, “Today I began using a new email signature that includes my gender pronouns. If anyone else has been considering the update, join me! Since my gender pronouns associate with the typical perception of cisgender-normativity [descriptor for those whose experiences of their own gender agree with the sex they were assigned at birth], this public display of my pronouns cost me little to no social capital…If this small, cost free, adaptation makes even the slightest difference in how supported my students feel on campus, I should have a more substantial reason not to list my pronouns…” Continue reading

MIIS’ Library: Your “Best Kept Secret” Career Resource!

Magilla and careerWhether you are in search of the perfect internship or starting to think about post-graduation job possibilities, remember to add the library to your career toolkit.  The library staff works closely with the CACS team to identify print books, databases, and eBooks that are good for career research.

If you are like many MIIS students, most of your visits to the library involve time sp
ent at one of the computers or printers near our front lobby.  You may not have noticed that just a few feet away from this technology hub is our excellent Career Collection.  I invite you to spend a few minutes with this collection the next time you are in the library.  Browsing through this collection, you’ll find guides to job interview skills, writing resumes and cover letters, finding internships, and how to find scholarships.  We also have career books that target specific fields like translation, teaching language, nonprofit and environmental careers, and working for the federal government.  If your future involves further postgraduate studies or professional certification, our collection of test preparation manuals might be helpful.  All of these print resources are available for one-week checkout.

Our library is also rich in databases, electronic journals and eBook packages that will be helpful to you.  We hope that you have been using our wonderful online resources as you prepare your course assignments.  You may not have considered them as good job search tools as well.

Let me take you on a tour of our eResources with an eye to their value for career research.   Remember that they are all available remotely as well. From off campus you will be asked to log in – just use your MIIS email credentials.

A good place to start is our EBSCOHost eBook Collection that has close to 20,000 titles now.  Included in that package are many career-related titles.  These books may be read online in PDF or you can download them to your computers, tablets or phones using Adobe Digital Editions.  You’ll also find good career information on Plunkett Research Online – just click on the Job Seeker’s Resources & Tools button.

If you’d like to build a list of companies that could be potential employers, check out LexisNexis Academic’s Company Dossier section – you can create a list of companies in specific cities or countries, within specific industries, and of specific size.  Hoover’s Online is good for building company lists as well.  Uniworld features directory information for U.S. companies operating in other countries and foreign companies operating in the U.S.  All 3 databases include some executive directory information that might give you clues on contact information for personnel or specific divisions of a company.

If your career interests tend more towards the nonprofit or NGO sector, we have an online edition of Encyclopedia of Associations that has directory information and descriptions for both U.S. associations and international organizations.  We also have a very good online directory of consulting firms.  And a tip for finding good directory information for universities and colleges, including those that have international programs – try Peterson’s.  Their website features an open access directory with great information for an academic job search.

Please remember that the library staff is always very happy to help you to find your way around the many resources we have access to.  We would be delighted to know that we helped you to find the perfect internship or job!

~Ann Flower
Assistant Director, Library