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Effective Career Planning for International Scholars – a seven-week series

Effective Career Planning for International Scholars is a seven-week program addressing the intersection of career exploration and immigration education. During the program, we will guide participants to strategically plan for professional development goals that satisfy the immigration criteria for permanent residence. The series includes workshops and peer mentoring groups that give participants accountability and a supportive community while they execute their strategic plan to meet long-term career success in the US.

The program is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund through a Career Guidance for Trainees grant to Dr. Paola Cepeda (principal investigator, Washington University in St. Louis) and Dr. Natalie Chernets (co-investigator, Drexel University).

Congratulations! View preliminary findings in our award-winning NPA 2024 poster.

Program Information

Audience: Drexel University postdocs; Washington University in St. Louis postdocs; Stony Brook University postdocs; Drexel PhD students

Questions: Contact Natalie Chernets, PhD, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Development at


Important: The content in this program is not legal advice nor is it a substitute for it.



Workshop 1: Take charge of your career and immigration portfolio

  • Decision making
  • Document organization
  • Strategic thinking and planning

Workshop 2: Discover your pathways with an immigration attorney

  • Critical thinking
  • Knowledge of immigration options
  • Self-assessment

Workshop 3: Identify challenges with successful international scholars

  • Adaptability and resilience
  • Problem solving
  • Risk awareness

Workshop 4: Compare reference letters for academic and immigration purposes

  • Knowledge of specific genre
  • Self-advocacy
  • Written communication

Workshop 5: Develop strategies to connect with experts in your field

  • Elevator pitching
  • Networking
  • Professionalism

Workshop 6: Create a professional narrative and tailor your CV

  • Critiquing
  • CV optimization
  • Professional branding

Workshop 7: Plan your finances and goals for career and immigration purposes

  • Career planning
  • Goal setting
  • Savings awareness

Washington University in St. Louis Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Drexel University

Contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
Drexel University College of Medicine
Health Sciences Building
60 N 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Natalie Chernets, PhD
Director of Postdoctoral Affairs & Professional Development

For more information, please contact the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies

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