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  • posted Jun 24, 2016

    Easy Equality

    On June 7, 2016, Patricia Arquette spoke at the Women in Technology Conference (WITI) in San Jose, California. I listened to Ms. Arquette cover many topics near and dear to her heart, spouting off various statistics many of us are already familiar with: Women making less money than men doing the same job, women stuck […]

  • posted Jun 23, 2016

    Modern-Age Spirituality at the Heart of The Wolfsonian’s Fall/Winter Season

    This October, The Wolfsonian–Florida International University examines cultural responses to spiritual crises of the modern age in The Pursuit of Abstraction, an exhibition of works by early twentieth-century artists searching for meaning beyond the boundaries of scientific reasoning and rationality. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, The Jeri L. Wolfson Collection, and The Mitchell Wolfson, […]

  • posted Jun 22, 2016

    FIU receives $25 million in state funds for improving graduation rate, helping students secure jobs

    FIU’s efforts to improve graduation rates and prepare students for high-paying 21st century careers will translate into $25 million in performance funds for the 2016-2017 year. The amount is FIU’s latest award for excellence or improvement on the metrics put forward in 2014 by the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System of […]

  • posted Jun 14, 2016

    Historic week in Washington: FIU in DC Opens, Critical funds raised for Student Internship

    From June 6-10, FIU inaugurated its dynamic new hub in the nation’s capital with a series of thematic panels and receptions with alumni, friends and federal partners. Thanks to two very special donors, over $65,000 were committed for student internship stipends while University leadership visited the White House and signed an employment agreement with the […]


Upcoming Events

Alumni Career Webinar – How to Land and Make the Most of Jobs and Internships @ Webinar - This event is online
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Need a Job or an Internship?

Enter Lauren Berger, “The Intern Queen”.

After completing more than 15 internships, Lauren is the go-to on everything internship and career related. Her personal internship experience ranges from BWR Public Relations to networks like Fox, MTV, and NBC. In college, Berger had no one to help her land and make the most of internships and now – you can turn to her. Berger is here to help young people find, land, and make the most of jobs and internships.

Join Lauren and learn how to:
Land Internships During College
Land Jobs After College
Network both Internally and Externally at Jobs and Internships
Turn Your Internship Into a Job
Brand Yourself Properly
Embrace Rejection
Most Importantly, Get What You Want!
You will walk away from this presentation ready to make the most of any opportunity that comes your way. Get excited, the world is at your fingertips and Lauren Berger is here to help!
Presenter: Lauren Berger
Lauren Berger is the CEO & Founder of Intern Queen Inc. (www.internqueen.com & www.laurenbergerinc.com)

She’s been a champion of the millennial generation since the term was coined. Ten years ago, she was one of them. Today, she’s their hero. Berger is arguably the nation’s most in demand career and internship expert and speaks to thousands of high school students, college students, and recent grads every year, motivating and inspiring them. It all started from her unique personal experience as an ambitious student with no expert advisor to turn to: Lauren completed 15 internships while still in college– interning everywhere from Fox to MTV.

Within three years of graduation, she’d founded Intern Queen to provide future grads with the resources she didn’t have. And futures became brighter all around the country as a result.

Her first book, All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience, is a national best-seller and her second book, Welcome To The Real World, came out in 2014. In the new book, Lauren re-writes the rules for millenials in the workplace, demonstrating how to succeed in their first, second, and third jobs after graduation.

Recently Berger has been featured on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, the Marie Osmond Show, The New York Times, Seventeen Magazine, and more.

Alumni Career Webinar – The Job Hunting Mindset For College Graduates @ Webinar - this event is online
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

You are about to enter uncharted waters. If you’ve stopped into the career center a couple of times you’ve got a preliminary idea on what you know to get a job. But there is so much more.

You will have to learn how to create a keyword laden resume so computer software will identify you as a possible short list candidate. Then if you are lucky, you’ll get a chance to interview with the firm. We’ll review ideas and strategies that will help you prepare for your interview, and be able to tell stories about yourself that will help the interviewer remember you.

You will learn first hand about mistakes everyone makes so you can avoid road bumps as you start your first professional job search. With 11-14 job searches ahead of you by the time you are 38, it only makes sense to learn the “right” way to land the jobs that match your interest, skills, and passion.


Alumni Career Webinar – From Campus to Corporate…Soft Skills and Etiquette Tips to Transition
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

More and more companies are rejecting the graduates with top grades or with technical experience in favor of those who have the soft skills necessary to build relationships/teams and generate business.

This webinar on soft skills the participants will learn what are “soft skills” and what human resource and hiring managers are looking for in new hires.

They will also learn the key components of soft skills, the 5 C’s of interpersonal skills: Communications, Critical thinking, Connection, Collaboration and Creativity and the importance of personal responsibility.

Alumni Career Webinar – Work Smarter not Harder! Seven Steps to Make Your Job Work For You @ Webinar - this event is online
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

How can you possibly be grateful for a tough job, bad boss, and work stress?

If you’re not in a position to walk out on your job, move to a beautiful beach in an exotic land, and sip fruity drinks with umbrellas in them, then you’re going to have to learn how to be grateful for your job – bad boss and work stress, too.

Complaining about it will not work. Getting angry about it will not work. Spending your lunch breaks looking for a new job will not work either. What will work is applying gratitude and following the seven steps Kandis Webb lays out for you on how to make your job work for you.

First, she’ll share with you one of the most challenging career situations she ever experienced. Then she’ll tell you how you can showing up at work feeling happy and in control of not only yourself and your emotions, but also your job and your boss!

Alumni Career Webinar – You’ve Graduated! Now What? @ Webinar - this event is online
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Recent college graduates are well acquainted with struggle and are used to walking roads that are unfamiliar to them and often everyone in their families.  
Transitioning from the classroom to the workplace can be as intimidating as the walking into an unfamiliar college lecture hall for on the first day of your freshman year.  If you grew up with few or any people in your family or close circle who have walked the road that you are now walking, this can feel even more daunting.  
You can ease this transition by sitting with someone who has been there.  Angel Flores is a first-generation college graduate who has traveled the country teaching and mentoring students and young-adults as they have transitioned from stage to stage in life. The goal of our time together in this session is to:
  • Equip you with some practical tools and strategies to identify a clear path forward in your career.
  • Identify and direct your own internal sources of hope and motivation.
  • Help you create a simple “map” for your next steps forward.
Alumni Career Webinar – Your Career: How to Make it Happen @ Webinar - This event is online
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In today’s world, finding a job can be overwhelming. Either there are too many jobs to choose from, or not enough that match your skill set.

Job seekers commonly spend days applying for jobs online, yet get little or no response from prospective employers. In this webinar, learn how to make your job search journey less overwhelming. Learn about a step-by-step approach that can help you find jobs that fit your personality, lifestyle, and skills.

Learn how to use your valuable time more efficiently so you can get on with life, and find that great next job that is part of YOUR Career Journey.

By the end of this webinar you will be able to:
identify where you are in the 5-Phase Job Search Journey,
apply tools to help you zero-in on the jobs that are a good match for you.
apply an efficient job search strategy to maximize your efforts on your Job Search Journey.

Alumni Career Webinar – Become the Chief Marketing Officer of Your Professional Life @ Webinar - this event is online
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The transition from college to workplace has always been challenging. Currently, it’s even more so. Good jobs are difficult to find. Also, the expectation is that you will be productive from day-one, along with intuitively knowing how to fit perfectly into the organizational culture.

It used to be that you would be given a “grace” period to adjust. In the mid-1990s, when Jane Genova co-authored the book “The Critical 14 Years of Your Professional Life,” you were given more than a decade to develop as a professional. In this presentation, she will explain how you can meet and exceed employers’ demanding new requirements. Among the advantages you have are your youth and being totally at home with technology.

Genova will hammer that the key must-dos are:
Develop mindset that you are Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of your professional life. That includes how you configure and keep updating your personal brand. The burden is completely on you to sell yourself to be hired, sell your ideas once in, and sell yourself for promotions or to the next employer. Resumes, cover letters, and interviews will be discussed.
Mirror the organizational culture. That used to be called “taking on protective coloring.” In a lean workplace, there is more team work. You have to look, talk, and walk like all the other members. A particular challenge is blending in with the other generations in the workplace. You can’t afford to alienate anyone.
Learn how to make deposits and withdrawals in what’s called “The Favor Bank.” That’s at the heart of networking, including attracting a mentor, and decoding/surviving the machinations of the
grapevine. Figure out what you have to deposit. It could be your tech know-how.
Become flexible in adjusting to change. That has become a constant.

Panther Chats – An Online Networking Experience for FIU Alumni @ This event is online - click on website
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Join fellow FIU alumni to share your experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network – all online!

Panther Chats are always hosted on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. EST


1. Register
Create your account and fill out the event registration form

2. Attend
On the event date and time, login and join the live session from anywhere

3. Chat
You will be matched with other attendees for one-on-one timed chats

4. Follow Up
All connections are saved so you can easily follow up and quickly build your network

Online networking enables you to speed-network no matter where you are in the world. You can use sign in from your home, office, local library, smartphone or tablet. The chats are text-based and timed, allowing you to make connections, exchange contact information, and end the hour with several new connections you didn’t have before. After the chats, add your new contacts to your network by connecting adding them to your LinkedIn networks or following up via email.

A transcript of your conversations will be saved for you to access after each event, so you can look back at your chat history, review your notes, gather contact information and follow up!

Re-launch into the Workforce – Lunch and Learn Workshop & Conversation @ MARC 513
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


This conversation is specifically designed for alumni transitioning back into the workforce after a period of time as stay-at-home parents, traveling/living abroad or completing advanced training.

Discussion will include strategies to prepare for the job search, navigate the application process and transition into a newly accepted position. Space is limited to 20 participants.

This is a free in person workshop with lunch provided, we suggested a donation of $10. RSVP required.

This program is part of a Heat Up Your Job Search! More info here.

This event has reached capacity. Contact Maria Tomaino at mltomain@fiu.edu to be added to the waitlist. Please include your full name and preferred phone number.

Alumni Career Webinar – Quarter Life Calling. Launch the Career and Life You Want @ webinar - this event is online
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Do you have a vision of where you want to be ten years from now?
Do you have a plan in place that will get there?
Do you know what you need to do to switch gears if you find yourself heading in the wrong direction?
It’s hard to predict the future, but you will find it will be easier to do, when you have answers to the above questions.

Join Paul to learn how to determine:
What your calling is
What kind of job will best fit your personality and wiring
How to apply the gifts you have to change the world
How to bring your passions to the career you choose.
You need a plan to get where you want to go. But first you have to know who you are, and what you are wired best to do!


  • Alumni annual meeting celebrates new board of directors and $50,000 donation from Wells Fargo

    On Wednesday, May 4, the FIU Alumni Association celebrated the Annual Meeting & Cocktail Reception, a spirited event which has helped the Alumni Association propel into each new year for over a decade. Before the cocktail reception kicked off, an intimate group of volunteers gathered to be inducted into the 2016-2017 Alumni Association Board of […]

  • FIU achieves top rank in Carnegie research classification

    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced today the newest edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. FIU moved into the top category—R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity. “We are focused on using state-of-the-art research and innovation as drivers to become a solutions center for our community and the world,” […]


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