For Current Students
Apply and Make a Difference
You probably still remember your first year at the University of Michigan – the wide array of questions you had, the challenges you faced adjusting to a new environment, and the people who made an impact on you. Now you can make a difference by providing assistance to new international graduate students.
We are seeking approximately 50 dedicated University of Michigan graduate students who are enthusiastic about welcoming and making connections with incoming international graduate students. Domestic and international students are invited to apply.
Volunteers from all disciplines across the University have participated and found the experience to be extremely enjoyable and beneficial. By participating in the I-Connect Welcome Program, you not only act as a positive ambassador welcoming newcomers to the University of Michigan, you also connect with other scholars from around the world and participate in valuable intercultural networking and exchange.
If you are selected to be an I-Connect Ambassador, your role is simple:
- Attend at least four of the seven I-Connect social events planned for the year – at these events, you will serve as the “friendly face” of Rackham, helping to make new students feel welcome and make connections
- Participate in Rackham-coordinated social networking and information-sharing via sites such as CTools and Facebook throughout the semester
- Have fun meeting people from around the world and doing your part to welcome them to U-M
The following events are planned for Fall 2012:
Tuesday, August 28
I-Connect Pre-Welcome Lunch
Meet up before the craziness of the semester begins for an informal lunch with other I-Connect Ambassadors and new international graduate students.
Thursday, September 13
I-Connect Welcome Social
The first official I-Connect event of the 2012-13 academic year – join your fellow I-Connectors for some food, drink, and fun activities.
Saturday, October 13
I-Connect Tailgate & Home Game Viewing Party (University of Michigan vs. Illinois)
Learn the basics of American college football and share some traditional game-day food and activities, while watching a televised broadcast of the game itself.
Tuesday, November 20
I-Connect Thanksgiving Celebration
Share in the American tradition of Thanksgiving by gathering with fellow I-Connectors to reflect on what you’re thankful for, and to share some traditional Thanksgiving dishes.
Apply to Be an I-Connect Ambassador
Apply to be an I-Connect Ambassador today and make a difference! Complete the Ambassador Application Form and submit by the deadline, May 25, 2012.