Liana Kabins ’18, Petra, Jordan

Current majors and alumni of the International Studies program are encouraged to join the CWRU International Studies group on LinkedIn. Alumni and majors are encouraged to post information about opportunities and events in Cleveland and elsewhere. Also, members can review each other’s profiles for ideas about careers, graduate and professional school, internships, and study abroad. Members can also contact each other for advice about these experiences. Majors can provide useful information to other majors, and alumni can provide advice to majors and other alumni.

Before contacting an alumnus or an alumna, majors are encouraged to carefully read the information on the person’s profile and associated web pages and prepare targeted questions.

To join the CWRU International Studies group on LinkedIn, click here and request to join. Please also link to Director Damaris Punales-Alpizar so that you can more easily contact other group members. Only current International Studies majors and alumni of the program are eligible to join. For assistance joining the group, see further instructions here or contact

Advice for Developing Your Professional Brand

  • A LinkedIn Profile can help you develop your professional brand.
  • Compared to a resume, a profile allows you to create a narrative about yourself more easily.
  • If your profile is developed, connection requests will be more successful.
  • Components to include
    • A photo (professional looking) increases hits.
    • A banner photo adds personality.
    • A headline that describes you is key.
      • Consider nouns and adjectives that describe the position you aspire to, your academic interests, your academic skills, your extracurricular interests.
        (e.g. Aspiring Middle East Security Analyst/Arabic Speaker/Editor)
      • Can use “[a type of] Intern”.
  • A summary allows one to connect the parts of one’s profile.
    • The summary should have a single, strategic narrative thread.
    • Any claims made should be supported by material elsewhere in profile.
    • Consider how much is visible on different mobile and web platforms.
    • Use first person.
    • Use as many key words as possible; can add list at end too.
    • Attach publications, project videos, resume, and other supporting materials at end.
  • Complete the other sections of the profile.
  • Have a staff member of the CWRU Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education Office review your profile.


(from Drew Poppleton, Interim Director, CWRU Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education Office, “Leveraging LinkedIn: Locally, Globally, Professionally,” International Studies Developing Your Professional Brand and Network Workshop, February 21, 2019)