Tips for success

Considering employer feedback, the Business Career Center encourages international students to:

  • Prioritize language skill development
  • Consider ways to gain skill building experience
  • Learn about business culture in the U.S.
  • Market the unique skills related to your international perspective

Prioritize Language Skill Development

Employers expect students studying in the U.S. to be fluent in English, as you will be expected to communicate effectively with co-workers, clients, and supervisors on a regular basis.

  • Develop excellent communication skills.  Cultivate your language skills by talking as often as possible with native speakers, reading English materials such as newspapers, and practicing your public speaking skills.  In addition, the Office of International Education offers an English discussion group.
  • Prepare a well-written, comprehensive resume and cover letter that conveys your strengths and experience.  The Business Career Center can help by reviewing your materials and offering suggestions.
  • Practice your interview skills with the Business Career Center so you are prepared and confident if you are invited to interview!

Gain Skill Building Experience

In addition to internships, there are numerous ways to gain career-related experience and to demonstrate your initiative.

  • Volunteerism:  The Center for Community Service offers information on a variety of ways to find and engage in skill building community service activities.
  • Informational Meetings: Informational meetings can be a great resource for developing your knowledge base.  The Career Services Center has created a resource to help you find individuals to speak with, choose questions to ask, and follow up after your meeting.

Learn about Business Culture

Learning about business culture in the U.S. can help you present yourself well to employers.  Information on the learning opportunities below is commonly shared through student organizations, faculty, the Business Career Center newsletter, or the College of Business Administration’s Calendar of Events.

  • Business / Case Competitions
  • Shadow Days / Employer Site Visits
  • Attend Campus Events:  talk with the speaker after the presentation

Market Your Experience

All internship / job seekers need to convince an employer of their qualifications for the job.  Consider your knowledge, skills, and unique experiences. 

  • What have you learned in school and through past experiences? 
  • What are you good at? 
  • How will you leverage your international experience for the position? 
  • Does the company have business relations in your home country where your cultural knowledge could provide a benefit?  Consider using Uniworld to identify companies doing business in countries where you may have an advantage marketing yourself as a job candidate.
  • What advantages do your language skills provide? 
  • How will you describe the skills you developed by pursuing studies in a new country (adaptability, dedication, hard work, etc.)?