Career Center official selected to attend overseas Fulbright Seminar

LAWRENCE — Wendy Shoemaker, senior associate director of the University Career Center, has received a grant to attend the Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education in Germany.

Shoemaker is representing the University Career Center and the University of Kansas at the conference, which began Oct. 20. The German Fulbright Kommission offers 20 grants to U.S. administrators annually and only five to career services professionals.

The application process required two essays: a project statement describing how the candidate would apply their learning upon returning from Germany, and an institutional statement assessing the international commitment of the university.

Two of Shoemaker’s focus areas are international careers and international education. This trip will help her understand international career services in a different country.

“I’ve always had an international focus through what I do,” Shoemaker said. “I had an opportunity at KU to start blending those ideas and those interests.”

The two-week seminar concentrates on German higher education for American university administrators, something Shoemaker has always wanted explore more.

“I want to experience how another system approaches higher education and talk with those administrators,” Shoemaker said. “What is their perspective on higher education, what is the role of higher education in a student’s life in terms of helping them prepare for a career after college?”

University Career Center director David Gaston was a 2010 participant in the seminar.

For more information about the Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education, contact University Career Center Marketing Intern Kristen Peavey.