Foriegn exchange intern
Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 17:03
If you are an international student looking to land an internship and don't know how to go about it, you are reading the right article. As an international student, you need to understand how to conduct an effective internship search.
The first thing you need to know is about the International Student Service Center (ISSC). They organize administrative services, immigration and visa matters for all international students at Baruch College. They are located at 151 East 25th Street, Room 730.
When conducting your internship search, ensure that you are looking in the right places and be organized. Use websites like the StarrSearch, GoingGlobal (the link is embedded in the main page of StarrSearch, after you log in), and Idealist.
Also, let everyone in your network know what you are looking for. That way they can help you find opportunities.
When reading job descriptions verify, that the company is able hire international students as interns.
• Check if you department offers an internship class.
• Consult with an ISSC advisor to certify that you are eligible for the CPT program.
• Have your prospective employer write a letter on company letterhead that includes the job description and specifies the length of the internship.
• Get the professor in charge of the internship course to approve your internship in writing.
• Register for the internship course.
• Pay your tuition bill.
• Bring the letter from employer, registration slip, Bursar's office receipt and your I-20 or DS-2019 to the ISSC to obtain approval.
We want to emphasize that having an internship is not the only way to grow professionally nor is it the only way to develop transferrable skills.
As a student at Baruch College you have the opportunity to join one of the over 150 clubs on-campus. We encourage you to not only become a member but to secure a leadership position, which can prepare you for the world of work and will provide you with a community away from home. Be aware that working or studying abroad is considered very valuable in this globalized economy.
Consider doing an internship in your home country or somewhere else. To seriously pursue working abroad, get in contact with the student-run organization AIESE.
Another place you can find assistance is the Weissman Center for International Business located in the 8th floor of 137 E 25 Street. Remember, before making any decisions you must consult with an ISSC advisor in other to receive authorization to travel abroad during the summer or winter breaks.
Stay informed about the laws that affect you since they can constantly change. Ensure you understand the job search process for you as an international student. Visit the ISSC's office or website for more information. Also refer to the online tutorial baruch.cuny.edu/tutorials/international/ for additional information.