Career-Integrated Global Learning Conference
October 17-19, 2022
Nhow Milan Hotel
Milan, Italy

A hub of fashion and finance, Milan has a long history of welcoming visitors, students, and professionals from throughout Italy and across the globe. The city provides the setting and inspiration for the Forum on Education Abroad’s Career-Integrated Learning (CIGL) Conference, focused on preparing future professionals through internships and career-integrated global learning. The goal of this inaugural conference is to bridge applied learning and international education around themes that help prepare students and colleagues for the changing world of work. Held at the beginning of ForumEA Week in Milan, this premier global internship event will encourage discussion and debate, incorporating insights from the host region and inspiration from participants.

With internships and career-integrated global learning among the fastest growing areas of education abroad, students have access to high impact international experiences with immersive engagement in the local community. Ranging from individual placements or industry-based projects to pre-program research or re-entry workshops to MNC site visits or NGO case studies, the opportunities to explore how current education applies to future professions are vast. And the challenges are real.

What will the world of work look like for future professionals?  Which skills and knowledge will be most applicable?  How can these be enhanced through global learning? CIGL participants can expect to explore trends, discuss big questions, share best practices, highlight resources, and connect with networks.  Innovative ideas and lingering questions are welcome!

Expected attendees include education abroad administrators, career services and work- integrated learning professionals, specialist and provider organizations, instructors, supervisors, and anyone curious about the connection between global learning and career exploration or employability outcomes.

In addition to three plenaries and internship site visit opportunities, the conference will include twenty concurrent sessions. These interactive presentations will feature over 50 speakers, and cover a wide range of topics including alumni networks, global competencies, micro-credentialing, university mission, student development, employability, global citizenship, and supervisor training.

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CIGL Site Visits: Internships in Milan
October 19, 2022

Site visits will provide you with a better understanding of the internship experience in Milan as one example of best practices within Career Integrated Global Learning. During these site visits, you’ll discuss opportunities for student interns, consider emerging industry trends, and network among site visit participants.

Site visits will include:
• Overview of the internship experience for students coming to Italy
• Commute via public transport…just like a student intern!
• Visit at least two employers that host international interns
• Discussion of opportunities, challenges, and trends related to internships within Milan

Program administrators, faculty, placement coordinators, resident directors, and anyone curious about the internship experience in Milan will benefit from participating in these site visits. Registration for the site visit is an additional $49.

Unable to join us in Milan? In the lead up to the on-site conference, we will offer a series of three virtual Open Forums that provide accessible opportunities for learning, dialogue, and networking around topics of critical importance to education abroad in the EMEA region.  Mark your calendars for September 22, September 29, and October 13, 2-4pm CEST (Milan, Cape Town)

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CIGL Opening Plenary by Dr. Paula Caligiuri

“Developing Students Cultural Agility through Career-Integrated Global Learnings”

While the professional world is now more diverse and interconnected than ever before, success in a multicultural context requires more than a Zoom account and an internet connection. To gain trust, build credibility, and communicate effectively in a multicultural environment, students will need to develop their cultural agility.

Cultural agility is the ability to comfortably and successfully work in culturally novel contexts and with people from different cultures (e.g., national, generational, professional).  To help build students’ cultural agility, universities can be doing more so that students gain the greatest level of development from their cross-cultural experiences, whether in-person or virtual.

This plenary will discuss the science and best practices for the development of students’ cultural agility as well as share a framework and tool for developing students’ cultural agility.

Paula Caligiuri is a Distinguished Professor of International Business at Northeastern University.  Paula works extensively with leading organizations and universities on the development of individuals’ culturally agility.  She has authored or co-authored several award-winning research articles and books – including BUILD YOUR CULTURAL AGILITY and CULTURAL AGILITY: BUILDING A PIPELINE OF SUCCESSFUL GLOBAL PROFESSIONALS and GET A LIFE, NOT A JOB.  Paula has been a frequent expert guest on CNN and CNN International and is an instructor for a LinkedIn Learning course entitled MANAGING GLOBALLY.

Paula was a semi-finalist for the 2021 Forbes “50 over 50” for co-founding a public benefit corporation, Skiilify, to help foster cross-cultural understanding through the free online tool myGiide.  She has served as an Area Editor for the JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STUDIES and as a Senior Editor for the JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS. She has also served as a visiting professor at Bocconi University in Milan.

Paula holds a Ph.D. from Penn State in Organizational Psychology and is a Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Academy of International Business.

Dr. Caligiuri’s Opening Plenary session, “Developing Students Cultural Agility through Career-Integrated Global Learnings,” will take place on Monday, October 17, at 9:00 a.m. CEST.


CIGL Closing Plenary by Carmen Chamorro, Emily Merson and Rich Kurtzman

“Innovation that changes the world: Designing the future of International Education Together”

Join this creative plenary and be part of designing the future of international education. We will start by examining key innovations over the past 20 years and identify trends and drivers influencing the future of our field. Using tools for innovation design we will work together on a creative challenge to build new ideas to address global challenges.

Carmen Chamorro has lived in 4 different countries (Denmark, France, UK and Spain), holds 2 passports and has extensively travelled the world, she loves learning about new places and cultures and strongly believes that traveling is an extraordinary tool for self-connection. Carmen holds a portfolio career. Her main background is in Architecture, field in which she has worked for more than 10 years, but she has experiences in many other areas: events, media, design, teaching, hospitality, PR and writing. She is the Virtual Program Manager at AIFS Abroad. Carmen Chamorro
Emily Merson is a native of Sydney, Australia and has a global resume with degrees from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and Uppsala University in Sweden. In 2001, Emily co-founded Global Experiences, an International Internship organization, serving as CEO from 2013 to 2020.
During her time leading GE, Emily developed a range of innovative and award-winning programs focused on connecting academic and connecting academic and careers experience through international education. She is the Executive Director of AIFS Abroad.
Rich Kurtzman has been working in EA since 1998 but began his journey by studying in St. Petersburg and Madrid, interning in Milan, and leading groups of students in Spain. He began working on-site in Barcelona in 2002 in a variety of capacities, including as a professor of intercultural courses.
In 2009, Rich founded Barcelona SAE and has been the Director ever since. Some past presentations at conferences include: Increasing Cultural Awareness in Short-term Programs: A Toolkit of Activities, and Helping Students Make the “Right” Decisions: Using Choice Architecture and Nudge Theories.
In May of 2022, Rich published a book to guide and coach all students studying abroad titled “Like a Fish in Water: How to Grow Abroad When You Go Abroad.

We look forward to having this CIGL Closing Plenary session, “Innovation that changes the world: Designing the future of International Education Together” on Tuesday, October 18, 3:30 – 5 p.m. CEST.

CIGL Conference Committee

Thank you to the following colleagues for serving on the committee for the inaugural Career-Integrated Global Learning Conference.

Rachael Criso, Virtual Internships
Liz English, IES Abroad
Michelle Kern Hall, University of Wisconsin Madison
Jason Kinnear, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Steven Levy, Connect 1-2-3
Jillian Low, Virtual Internships
Jenepher Mackin, AIFS Abroad
Kate Moore, Global Career Center
Vianna Renaud, Bournemouth University
Nanette Ripmeester, Expertise in Labour Mobility
Sallie  Turnbull, Academic Programs International (API)

CIGL Conference Sponsors

The Forum wishes to thank the following organizations for their support of the CIGL Conference.




Absolute Internship Logo


Connect 123
Barcelona SAE AIFS logo

ForumEA Week Sponsorships

The Forum wishes to thank the following organizations for their support of the ForumEA week in Milan


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