International Advantage Bootcamp

Length: approximately 2 hours. Recommended as a fall programming option. Can be delivered via a webinar. 

Drawing heavily from The International Advantage Get Noticed. Get Hired! our bootcamp program introduces international students from all majors to job search frameworks that were specially designed with their needs in mind. Upon completion of this program students are well equipped to confidently start the journey of creating contacts inside U.S firms that might sponsor. This is an interactive, hands-on session. It's called bootcamp for a reason.

Bootcamp SAMPLE program (workshops are customized based on the specific needs of the different schools we work with)

1 - Introduction to ISEL framework (40 min)

  • ISEL framework: what it means, how it works, and why it was created
  • How to use the ISEL framework to standout as an international job seeker

2- Company target list (20 min) 

  • Using diversification to minimize the risk of not having a job after graduation
  • Special company research considerations for international MBAs

3- Creating contacts inside target companies (30 min)

  • The art of getting Americans to want to talk to you while not feeling you are being fake
  • Email templates that work for international students

4 - Managing the conversation (30 min) 

  • Informational interviews with an accent and an international twist
  • Introducing vulnerability and global thinking skills into conversations


Marcelo Barros has been a very valuable resource for our international MBAs. He shares ideas that can really be put into action, right away. We like to incorporate The International Advantage bootcamp into our orientation activities.

Monice H. Sanders
Senior Career Consultant, The George Washington University School of Business

Marcelo Barros worked with our incoming MBAs during our International Student Orientation. His subject matter expertise and sincere passion for helping international students was evident throughout his presentation. The job search strategies and advice Marcelo shared will help our students more successfully position themselves for success throughout the internship and full-time job search process

Sarah Bugh
Associate Director, Career Management Center, Mays Business School | Texas A&M University

Working with Marcelo Barros, we were able to extend our capacity to address the unique needs of our international graduate business students. We collaborated with Marcelo and designed the International Advantage Career Boot Camp which provided strategies to excel in U.S. social, academic, and professional settings, and demonstrated a strengths-based method for finding and landing a job in the U.S. to fulfill students’ OPT or secure an H-1b visa.

Stephanie B. Francis
Graduate Career and Development Director | Sacramento State

Marcelo provided a very practical framework and process to assist students in their job search process. The process Marcelo recommended is helpful to international students as well as domestic students. It is espeacially powerful for international students, because it compels them to use their situation as an advantage. There was a high level of interactive engagement with students throughout Marcelo’s presentation...

Randall J. Lewis | Executive Director
Krannert Professional Development Center | Purdue University

I had the pleasure of attending Marcelo's workshop "U.S. Job Search Strategies for International Students" at Stanford Graduate School of Business. As an International student, I aim to work in the US at the end of my studies, and Marcelo provided me and my classmates with useful tools and resources for approaching this challenging task. We worked on a personal SWOT analysis and we discussed the ISEL model (Interest, Skills, Experience, Language) to understand how to best position ourselves to a potential US employer. He also recommended us various free sources to gauge which employers are the most likely to provide a visa sponsorship. As importantly, Marcelo changed our mindset, focusing our attention on what we can influence (a successful job search and an impact on the employer's business) rather than what is beyond our control (the H1B lottery). I truly enjoyed his total competency on the matter, his great communication skills and natural energy. Highly recommended! Federico Mossa, 1st year Stanford MBA candidate focused on Media and Technology

Federico Mossa | 1st Yr.
Stanford MBA candidate focused on Media and Technology

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