Prepare for Career Fair on Feb. 25 with U.S. resume and Handshake workshops
Prepare for Career Fair on Feb. 25 with U.S. resume and Handshake workshops
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Friday, February 19, 2021 | Spring Semester 2021

Get Ready for the Career Fair on February 25!
Spring, Career and Internship Fair, February 25, 2021, 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Hosted virually on Handshake.
Join staff from the Center for Career Exploration and Success at the following workshops to make sure you are prepared to navigate the Career Fair and are on track with other professional work opportunites. 
US Resume Worksop for International Students with Shayna Smith
2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24
Drop in to Zoom session (see link below) on either date to learn more about the best practices for creating and crafting a resumé that can be used for employment opportunities in the US. 
Handshake Workshop for international students with Shayna Smith
3:00 PM on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24
Handshake is an internship/job search platform created for students to use in their career development.
Drop in to the Zoom session on either date to learn more about Handshake, how to search for jobs/internships and connect with a Career Advisor. 
Connect to Career Center via Zoom
(Password: Help)
Monday, February 22 at 8:30am EST - Celebrate the Year of the Ox with fellow Miamians!
Happy Lunar New Year, 2021, Year of the OX
The Chinese American Culture Association, Chinese Students & Scholars Association and International Student and Scholar Services are co-sponsoring a Lunar New Year celebration event via Zoom and TikTok. 
All are welcome to join in the celebration that will feature informative presentations, engaging group discussions and interactive activities honoring holiday traditions and the Year of the Ox, a symbol of energy, strength, and courage.
Please note, the event will be conducted primarily in Mandarin Chinese
Join Year of Ox Celebration via Zoom
Find your place quest Discover and Impact the World
February 22 to February 26  -  Identity Abroad: A Weeklong Instagram Takeover
Follow @miamiohabroad on Instagram for a week of student takeovers. Students will share their experiences and tips for smoothing the transition into a new culture.
Immigration Tip
Want to work in the U.S. after graduation? Apply for OPT! 

F-1 students are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) up to 90 days before completion of degree requirements. This means that students graduating in May 2021 are now eligible to start submitting their OPT applications to USCIS. Note that it usually takes at least 3 months for OPT applications to be processed by USCIS, but there has been a backlog at USCIS recently, so applications are taking longer to be processed.

If you have questions about the OPT application process, please read through the OPT information on the ISSS website or watch the Zoom recording of the OPT Info Session from February 18 (password:hjH1%p@L). If you have questions after reviewing this information, you are welcome to send questions to or drop in for live chat with ISSS staff via the ISSS homepage at the following times: 

  • Mon, Thur, Fri: 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Tue, Wed: 9:00 - 10:00am
healh insurance form
Health Insurance in the U.S. 
All international students in the U.S. are required to enroll in the Miami University Aetna Student Health Plan. Miami's insurance plan is an excellent plan that is accepted at the student health center and the local hospital, as well as other local providers.

Learn more about your Aetna Health Plan at the bottom of the ISSS webpage on health insurance
Watch a 2 minute video about U.S. health insurance basics
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