What International Students Should Know
Morehouse provides excellent resources for International students seeking summer job and or internship opportunities. Many students have found employment in the United States by utilizing available campus resource offices. Be mindful of the fact however that some employers visiting the campus may not be able to hire students who are not United States citizens. Even with some limitations, it is still well worth your time and effort to engage the campus recruitment process. Many of our STEM majors are assisted in locating research opportunities by departmental professors. Other non-business majors find helpful resources elsewhere. Note: all international students should first clear employment related matters with Dean Harry Wright, Director of International Student Services. His office is located in Kilgore, Suite #205. He may be reached at: (404) 215-2672 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Majors: See Mr. Douglas Cooper, Career Planning & Placement for Business Majors/Leadership Center, Room #222. You may reach him via email at: email@example.com or by phone at: (404) 653-7882.
Non Business Majors: See Dean Harry Wright, Kilgore Suite #205.
Health Careers Majors: See Dr. Adjit Samarasinghe, Nabrit-Mapp-McBay, Room #30. You may reach him via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Careers Interest: See Dr. John Brown, Nabritt-Mapp-McBay, Room #107. He may be reached via email at: email@example.com.
Dual Degree Engineering Interests: See Ms. Denise Holmes, Director of the AUC Consortium Career Placement Office. She may be reached at (404)523-5148, Ext. 1318; (404) 978-2180 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.aucenter.edu.
It’s a good idea to get advice from other international students who have successfully found internships and employment in this country. Remember to start your job search early! Create and follow a detailed plan of action that will lead you to your goal.
International Student Internship and Employment Information
Looking for a job is not easy for any student. For you, the international student, the job search process can be more difficult because of employment limitations and restrictions for international students. Additional information about the employment process and related topics can be found through your career center and on the Internet. It is important when researching internship and full time opportunities to obtain information on each employer’s policy regarding international hires.
Many international students have found internship and full time employment opportunities with Many Fortune 500 companies, specifically financial services companies. Larger companies are typically able to afford the fees required to sponsor an international hire.
International Students have also found successful internship placements via the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (internships) www.nafeo.org or http://www.nafeo.org/nafeo/internships.php and the United Negro College Fund (internships) www.uncf.org
If you are an International Student and you want permission to work during the Academic Year, print out and complete the Curricular Practical Training Form.
International Internships and Employment Resources
The Going Global Career Guides/Global Key Employer Directory Database is the ultimate international job seeker's guide! This massive research tool contains more than 10,000 resources for finding employment at home and abroad. Over 25,000 employer listings have been specially selected to reflect companies where professional opportunities are more likely to be available. This online database also contains more than 10,000 international job openings and internship positions and over 100,000 listings in cities across the United States.
Erecruiting is an Internet based recruitment program. An Erecruiting account will allow you to view a listing of employers who are coming to campus to interview for internships and full time jobs. Erecruiting will allow you to review job descriptions, access employer recruitment contact persons, link to company websites and sign up for interviews.
Obtain an Erecruiting account and directions from your career advisement office.
Business Majors see the office of Career Planning and Placement for Business Majors, Leadership Center room 222.
Non Business Majors - Kilgore Center, Suite 200.
Key Tips for International Students Looking for Internships in the U.S. (Information obtained with permission from the Howard University Career Services website)
Say you're a talented young British college student who, like the Teletubbies, longs to make a successful leap across the pond and become the always hilarious fish out of water in America. Or maybe you're a German business student whose lifelong wish is to join the ranks of one of the historic U.S. financial institutions that is regularly covered in the Wall Street Journal. Or maybe you're a Tokyo University economics major tired of watching The Simpsons and not getting the American pop culture references.
Whatever the reason, you've decided you'd like to spend a summer in the land of fast food, firearms, and 64-ounce sodas. But now comes the hard part: finding and bagging the internship that will make it all happen.
What Are Your Qualifications?
If you're an international student in search of a U.S. internship, you need to realistically assess your qualifications for working in America. Keep in mind that in most cases you will be competing with U.S. students for internship positions. Companies need to know what is unique about your background and why they should hire you instead of your U.S. counterpart.
A visa or work permit is required, unless you're lucky enough to have dual citizenship. Fluency in English and strong written English skills are generally a must. A clearly defined area of study and related previous work experience will help show your commitment to the job and potential as a long-term employee. Your native language may also be a valuable asset if a company has dealings with your home country.
Where Are the Opportunities?
The next step is finding the opportunities. Thanks to the Internet, it has become much easier in recent years to find out about internships. Check out the websites of the U.S firms you're interested in. Go to the career section and look for any listed internship opportunities.
If a website doesn't have any internship information, e-mail the company to explain your situation and ask if it has opportunities for someone like you. If you get a response, send a résumé and a cover letter.
Also try the alumni resources center at your school. Find out about present and past students who have landed internships in the U.S. Target companies with a history of hiring foreign students.
Numerous organizations specialize in placing international students abroad. One is the global student organization AIESEC, which has an international trainee exchange that matches students and recent graduates with international clients.
Another is the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), which works in collaboration with 300 higher-education institutions in Europe to place students in curriculum-related U.S. internships that last from six months up to a year. Its website allows students to search for internships by field, region and, whether they are paid or unpaid.
Other good resources include Peterson's Internships, an annual guide with a special chapter for international students.
Your summer can also go a long way toward landing you a full-time job in the States after you finish school—not to mention all the cultural oddities you'll learn. And at least for a summer, your accent will make you an instant hit. Americans love foreign accents.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Regulations
As an international student, you should clear employment-related information with Harry Wright, Director for the Office of International Student Services (OISS) (located in Kilgore Center, room 200, email@example.com, 404-215-2672). You should cross reference Mr. Wright with any information you receive from your future employer.
Strong Communication Skills
You can help the employer make an informed hiring decision if you:
Provide a well-prepared resume that includes desirable skills and relevant employment experiences.
Clearly convey your interests and ability to do the job in an interview.
Understand English when spoken to you and can effectively express your thoughts in English.
It’s important to be able to positively promote yourself and talk with confidence about your education, relevant skills and related experiences. Self-promotion is rarely easy for anyone. But, it can be especially difficult for individuals from cultures where talking about yourself in an assertive manner is considered inappropriate. When interviewing in the United States, however, you are expected to be able to explain your credentials and why you are suitable for the position.
Be sensitive to the interviewer’s verbal and nonverbal cues. Some international students may not realize when their accent is causing them to be misunderstood. Interviewers are sometimes too embarrassed or impatient to ask for clarification, so be on the lookout for nonverbal clues, such as follow-up questions that don’t match your responses or sudden disinterest on the part of the interviewer. Also, make sure you express proper nonverbal communication; always look directly at the employer in order to portray confidence and honesty. If your English language skills need some work, get involved with campus and community activities. These events will allow you to practice speaking English. The more you use the language, the more proficient you will become. These activities are also a great way to make networking contacts.