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IRISH INTERNATIONAL IMMIGRANT CENTER’S 2nd ANNUAL J-1 ALUMNI NETWORK EVENT  

03 December 2018

The Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) is currently planning its 2nd Alumni Network evening on 18 December in Belfast to celebrate those who have recently returned to Ireland after participating in the year-long US J-1 visa programme.

Queen’s graduate Jude Clarke, BA Management and Business 2009, is Director of Learning Exchange Programs at IIIC. Speaking of the importance of a J-1 alumni network Jude said: “The event on 18 December is designed to help the IIIC’s J-1 alumni think about staying connected and networking and all the things that make such networks tick.

"Last year, the IIIC’s Learning Exchange Program held its first annual J-1 alumni reception in Dublin when it was largely supported by those who had been to university in the Republic of Ireland. This year, the event is taking place in Belfast and we are expecting  J-1 alumni from Queen’s and Ulster University to attend."

The IIIC is a non-profit organisation and a designated J-1 visa sponsor. Every year its staff help graduates and students from Ireland – North and South – to secure J-1 visas to the US and to find paid internships in their personal field of study.

Jude works closely with Queen’s in helping students and recent graduates gain visas for U.S. work placements. Recently, he hosted the IIIC stand at the Queen’s GoGlobal International Fair in Mandela Hall and a follow up information session in the Student Guidance Centre.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Jude oversees all aspects of the Learning Exchange programs department at the IIIC, including management of the J-1 Irish Work and Travel (J1IWT) visa program, the J-1 Intern visa program, the Intern Placement Program, Summer J1 program and the Queen's / UU Internship program.

Find out more about the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) on their website or contact Jude Clarke

General enquiries about this news story to Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Queen's Development and Alumni Relations Office – tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.

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