Global Talent Accelerator

Preparing International Students for the U.S. Job Market

Global Talent Accelerator

Preparing International Students for the U.S. Job Market

Build your network, sharpen your job-hunting skills, and get to know Detroit.

The Global Talent Accelerator is offered twice each year, in the spring (March-April) and summer (July-August). Summer 2020 applications will open in early June. This intensive, cohort-based program is designed for international students who:

  • are in their final year of undergraduate or graduate studies
  • have applied for OPT/CPT
  • are ready to develop critical workplace skills

In this FREE program, you’ll build skills and connections to help you thrive in Southeast Michigan’s job market. In the accelerator you will:

  • Learn skills from the experts on how to sell yourself to the U.S. job market
  • Get coaching from professionals in your field.
  • Attend events and workshops tailored to improve your chances of employment
  • Take insider tours of some of metro Detroit’s top companies
  • Make connections in Southeast Michigan’s corporate community and develop a network of peers

Applications are now closed for the Summer 2020 cohort. Check back for details on the Spring 2021 cohort.

Success Story
Sudhanva Kulkarni

After graduating from Savitribai Phule Pune University in India, Sudhanva Kulkarni moved to Michigan to pursue a masters degree in automotive engineering technology at Lawrence Technological University. He received his degree from Lawrence Tech in May 2019 and spent his summer networking and polishing his professional skills in the Global Talent Accelerator, with hopes of obtaining a job with a US automotive manufacturer or supplier. Although he is an outgoing person, he was having trouble connecting with employers and potential job opportunities. After he attended GTA’s business etiquette session, he applied changes to his communication approach with recruiters and immediately saw an increase in responses. Just over a month into the program, he’d landed interviews with Toyota and GWF.

“What I learned about myself is I can stand out in the crowd and I can be more confident when talking. It is really easy to sell yourself, to market yourself and to share yourself in a direct way,” he reflected soon after he completed the GTA program. “Previously, I used to think what is the formula? Is there any rocket science behind that? But I learned it’s really easy to present your ideas. The only thing that you require is courage.”

Sudhanva’s courage paid off. By summer’s end, he had moved to the Washington, D.C. area to work as a lead business development and technical sales engineer for GWF. In this role, he works with GWF’s research and development departments to help identify and develop new products; collaborates with sales teams to understand customer requirements and provide sales support; prepares and delivers technical presentations; and provides technical support.

“GTA was a bridge between graduation and professional world for me,” Sudhanva observes. “Starting from writing emails to networking, I learned the correct way of approaching potential employers. I understood that networking is not only for getting jobs but also to make great contacts so you yourself can be helpful to others and the society.”

Sudhanva knew from grade one that he would study in the U.S., which he believes has “the best education system in the world,” especially for studies in automotive engineering. His long-term career goal is to become a CEO of an automotive OEM—and, potentially, to come back and contribute his talent right here in Michigan.

Meet Our 2019 Graduates

Savan Adeshra

Savan Adeshra

Syed Mohammed Areeb

Syed Mohammed Areeb

Urvi Galani

Urvi Galani

Orlando Kamaj

Orlando Kamaj

Sudhanva Kulkarni

Sudhanva Kulkarni

Shichao Mu

Shichao Mu

Mayuri Purohit

Mayuri Purohit

Pretom Saha

Pretom Saha

Elham Saif

Elham Saif

Kelin Tu

Kelin Tu

Runzhou Zhou

Runzhou Zhou

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