International Students: Five things to do before you apply for an internship in the U.S

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As an international student, you are probably eager to get an internship at a U.S. company.  Internships are highly competitive.  You have to work hard to get an internship.  No one at any university will do all the work for you while you wait for an acceptance letter for an internship. Instead, from Day one, on a university campus, you have to get to know the staff at the Career and Placement Office. Even if they are not very encouraging or enthusiastic about your prospect of finding an internship, you must not give up. You must continue to make regular visits to the Placement Office to let them know that you are serious and dedicated. More important, do your home work. Don’t walk in and say, “Hmmm.. do you have any internships?”

Instead, have answers to the following five questions:

1. What industry do I want to work in?

2. What are my skills?

3.  How will the company benefit from my skill set?

4. What can I offer that  perhaps a U.S student cannot?

5. Am I doing this to earn a pay check or to gain experience? Both is a good answer, but “for experience,” is a better answer!

PlanetGPA helps international students achieve success at U.S. universities. Visit our Facebook for more info.

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