Global Engagement First Year Programs

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The Division of Global Engagement will offer specialized programs open to first year UO students.  Please see the description and registration details below:


Get Ready for Your Global Career in "X"

Join this first year preparation to learn more about an international internship in most any field.  This free, non-credit program consists of 20 hours per term of career coaching from international alumni, company tours (virtual around world, some in-person) skills development (resume & cover letter writing, interview prep, cross-cultural preparedness), and group projects to practice skills needed for international careers.

Fall Schedule:
Fridays, 10 am - 12 pm

Oct 9:       Introduction 
Oct 16:     Introduction to global career through personal stories
Oct 30:     Explore major and career possibilities through internship
Nov 13:      Set up your career readiness plan at the UO
Nov 20:    Virtual company tour
Dec 4:      Resume/cover letter workshop

The format of this program is a combination of both face-to-face and remote, synchronous and asynchronous. The first meeting is on Friday, October 2 at 10 am. We will go over the schedule and get to know each other on Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to everyone who registers. 

Registration:  Complete this online form to register

For more info, please email Yifang Zhang, Senior Associate Director, GlobalWorks International Internships



Local Perspectives on Global Issues – Interdisciplinary Problem Solving in the 21st Century

This interactive speaker series will provide first-year UO students the opportunity to engage in small groups with UO faculty, graduate students, and experts from around the world to discuss key issues facing our global and local communities.
From the effects of climate change on food insecurity, migration, and international trade to the relationship between press freedom, social media and war, students who participate in this interactive seminar will have direct access to thought leaders across campus and around the world.  Students will be introduced to global issues from local perspectives and learn the importance of interdisciplinary problem solving in the 21st century.
This seminar series will meet weekly (in-person) on Thursdays from 10:15-11:45 in Straub 245.  The first meeting will be Thursday October 2nd.  All UO Covid-19 mitigation procedures, including masks and social distancing, will be enforced. 
All seminars will be recorded and available for asynchronous streaming for students who cannot attend in-person.  Additional materials (recommended readings, videos, presenter bios, etc.) will be available to all students.
Registration:  Please complete this quick online form to register.  This seminar series of free of charge to all first year UO students.
Instructor biography:
William Johnson, MA, JD is an Instructor in the International Studies Department and the Undergraduate Legal Studies Program at the University of Oregon. Johnson’s teaching and research interests include human rights and human rights law, transitional justice and post-conflict peace building, corruption, and international development. Johnson designed and led human rights and post-conflict themed study abroad programs in Argentina (2016 and 2017) and the Balkans (2018 and 2019). Johnson has conducted research, presented papers and lectured on a wide range of topics in the U.S., El Salvador, Argentina, Croatia and Pakistan.

In addition to teaching and advising students, Johnson serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Operations and Innovation in the University of Oregon Division of Global Engagement.