Networking and International Students

Finding a job, internship, or post-doc can be a confusing and challenging process. While employers may be looking for applicants with diverse experience and the ability to speak more than one language, searching for a position as an international student can involve additional challenges.

According to a recent study, highlighted in Inside Higher Ed, many international students have trouble making friends while on US campuses: Friendless in America. Not only does this make their time on campus difficult it may significantly reduce the professional development opportunities available to international students.

Developing a wide range of friendly people who share information and help each other look for and find opportunities is critical. Since opportunities may not be advertised widely, it is essential that you build relationships with people who point you in the right direction.

While looking for career opportunities “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

For more help with networking contact The Office of Graduate Student Career Services or The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

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