Career Connections

Networking and professional development events for U.S. ExchangeAlumni.

Career Connections brings together U.S. ExchangeAlumni and leaders in business, government, civil society, and other diverse fields to leverage their skills and networks. Programming is offered in two formats: virtual (Career Connections Global+) and in-person (Career Connections) as part of the U.S. Exchange Alumni Network and Capacity Building Program, which is implemented in partnership with the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Whether U.S. alumni are changing careers, looking to advance, or just starting out, these professional development sessions provide invaluable opportunities to forge new connections, build on their international exchange experiences, and elevate their role as community leaders locally, nationally, and globally.


To participate in Career Connections and Career Connections Global+ programming, attendees must be U.S. citizen ExchangeAlumni. You will be asked about your U.S. alumni program when applying for these events.


April 19-21: Career Connections Indianapolis, IN

Applications now open for Career Connections Indianapolis: Crossover at the Crossroads. Join us for this in-person event featuring professional development workshops and networking opportunities for U.S. ExchangeAlumni. Learn more and apply by April 2.


January 26, 2022: Career Connections Global+ Virtual Career Fair

The January virtual career fair was held in partnership with the Peace Corps using the Brazen platform. Attendees joined group booths with employers and engaged in small group discussions as employers shared information about their organizations and answered questions.

December 9, 2022: How to Tell Your First-Gen Story for Career Growth (Virtual)

This December virtual event invited Oscar Garcia, the Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer at Aspira Consulting, a Silicon Valley training and consulting firm, to speak about culturally relevant career and leadership advice. As an introvert turned international speaker, Oscar has trained over 33,000 professionals across 13 countries and five continents. Attendees learned methods to advocate for their personal and professional growth.

October 14-16, 2022: Career Connections Boston, MA

The October Career Connections event took place in Boston, MA. Organized in partnership with WorldBoston, this in-person event focused on how ExchangeAlumni can leverage their international exchange experiences to build their professional and community impact. Programming for this in-person event included sessions on storytelling, mentorship, and global engagement; networking opportunities with global leaders; and interactive panels on growing your exchange impact in the business, civil service, and nonprofit sectors.

September 16-18, 2022: Career Connections Albuquerque, NM

The September Career Connections event took place in Albuquerque, NM. Organized in partnership with Global Ties ABQ, this in-person event explored how diversity and global engagement can strengthen your industry. Programming for this in-person event included interactive workshops on team building, mentorship, and persuasive communications; panels on diversity and inclusive programming; as well as networking opportunities and cultural performances.

August 4, 2022: Pathways to Careers with the U.S. Government

Note: This is an adjacent session related to the July 29 Careers in Federal Government event.

Following the July 29 event, Pathways to Careers with the U.S. Government is another opportunity to learn about the federal hiring process. From the USAJOBS platform and non-competitive eligibility to alternative hiring pathways, join us to learn more about ways to kickstart your career in the federal government.

July 29, 2022: Careers in Federal Government

The July Career Connections event focused on Careers in Federal Government. Programming for the hybrid event was designed to provide U.S. ExchangeAlumni with skills, resources, and ideas to grow professionally, and includes interactive workshops, panels, and networking opportunities.

July 28, 2022: ExchangeAlumni Networking Hour

Note: This is a networking opportunity for the July 29 Careers in Federal Government event.

The ExchangeAlumni Networking Hour took place on Thursday evening as an opportunity for ExchangeAlumni to connect and grow their professional network.

July 21, 2022: The Art of Networking

The Art of Networking was a virtual session designed to help alumni maximize their in-person and online networks and advance their career search.

April 28, 2022 – Career Connections Global+: Careers in International Affairs.

View event agenda HERE




Career Connections are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and implemented by Global Ties U.S. in partnership with the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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