OIAnnounce November 2012

Frisbee on the Quad - Photo by Daren Liu

OIAannouce is a monthly publication that provides important immigration updates and timely information on events, employment, and items of interest for international students.  In this month’s issue:

OIA News & Updates

News and updates from the Office of International Affairs, including new features on our website.

Upcoming Career Events

November brings with it a range of career preparation events for international students. 

OIA Pie Eating Contest & Pie Festival

Whether you like competitive eating or just really like pie, you’ll fit right in at OIA’s November Pie Festival. 

Featured Job Opportunities

Take a look at current on campus job openings across the university.


OIA Updates & News

OIA Employment Webpage Up and Running

The new Employment Resources for International Students page is a great way to find information about applying for jobs and interviewing tips.  There are several links to resources on finding jobs, seeking out non-profits, and building your U.S. ready resume.  The presentation from this year’s International Student Resume Workshop is also available.

Meet your 2012-13 International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)!

ISAB is a group of graduate and undergraduate students dedicated to improving the international student experience on the UChicago campus.  Please seek out members of ISAB to share information regarding your experience, make suggestions regarding the kinds of support you would find helpful.

The notes from our Autumn International Student Forum are also up on our website.

OIA Closure for Thanksgiving Holiday 

In observation of Thanksgiving, OIA will be closed in the afternoon of Wed, Nov 21 and all day Thursday Nov 22 & Fri, Nov 23.  An announcement will be sent out closer to the date with details on the closure and what to do in the case of urgent issues. 

International Student Form Index on Website

To make it easier to quickly access required immigration forms, OIA now offers a Student Form Index on the website.  The index is arranged in alphabetical order and includes both electronic and PDF forms.

OPT Workshop Handout from Autumn Quarter on Website 

The OPT Workshop Handout for 2012-2013 is now available on the OIA website.  Use this handout to get a basic understanding of OPT and calculate your OPT start date.

If you have questions about these updates,  contact your International Student Adviser at OIA.

Career Events & Job Opportunities

Upcoming Career Events:

The Ten Career Mistakes I Wish I Hadn’t Made

W/Special Guest Shubha Chakravarthy, MBA (Booth, 2000)
Tue, Nov 6: 5 PM, Ida Noyes Hall West Lounge

Shubha will provide tips and advice from her own experience to help international students transition to the professional working world. This program will focus on the importance of networking and will feature a presentation, and a panel with plenty of time for questions by students. A networking reception will follow.

International Student Virtual Career Fair

Wed, Nov 7- Thu, Nov 8, online – must register

This an International Virtual Career Fair, is for students looking for international employment and employers looking for international students educated in the U.S. Visit the website for more information and to register. http://international.careereco.net/

Summer Opportunities & International Student Information Session

Mon, Nov 19: 4:30-6:30 PM, Ida Noyes East Lounge

Career Advancement will go through many opportunities available to UChicago during the summer, as well as provide ideas for grants and scholarships. This will be followed a 'Special Considerations for International Students' presentation.

Spouses & Partners Employment Workshop

Thu, Nov 29: 10 AM-12 PM, Ida Noyes – Library Lounge

This career event if for international spouses & partners looking for information on conducting a job search, creating a resume, and writing a cover letter.  We will also discuss employment authorization for F-2 & J-2 spouses & partners. Hosted by OIA and the Dual Career Office

Check out our events calendar for all upcoming career and job events. 


OIA’s First Ever Pie Festival

A contest to see who can eat a pie the fastest!

In English, we say things can be “easy as pie”, but eating an entire pie in one sitting can be hard!  If you’d like to challenge your peers in a contest of your ability to eat quickly, then come to:

Coffee Hour: OIA’s First Ever Pie Eating Contest & Pie Festival

Wed, Nov 14: 5 PM, I-House Coulter Lounge

In addition to a variety of free pies for spectators to sample, ten lucky participants will get to compete in a pie eating contest for a chance to win great prizes!  Contestants will race to eat their pie the fastest without using their hands.  If you’re interested, you can register for the pie eating contest online!

Coming up, OIA will also host a workshop about Safety & Security at UChicago. On Nov. 20th at 12:30 for a special presentation on with UChicago police Commander Keith Booker. Lunch will be provided.

Check out our events calendar for all upcoming social events and workshops

Featured On Campus Job Opportunities:

As an F-1 or J-1 student, you are already authorized for on campus employment.

UChicago Careers in Business (through Career Advancement) is looking for a Programs Assistant.  Open to undergraduate and graduate students.  See the job posting and application instructions.

Smart Museum

The Smart Museum is looking for a gallery attendant.  Positions available now and through the academic year.  See the job posting and application instructions.

Development & Alumni Relations

College students!  The office of Development & Alumni Relations is looking for a student worker to help with various projects.  Must be a UChicago student in College.  See the job posting and application instructions.

See all available jobs on the UChicago Student Employment Website (log-in may be required).  International Students are not eligible for positions listed as ‘Work Study’.

These listings are provided as a courtesy.  OIA is not responsible for validity of information or availability of job posting.  Visit the OIA Employment Resources for International Students for tips on U.S-ready resumes and international student Dos and Don’ts.