Interview preparation: Understanding American interviews

Navigating American interviews is a large part of your internship search.  Interviewing for an internship in a new country is a learning experience. As an international student American interviews are an opportunity to practice new communication and cultural skills. Interview preparation helps you plan what to say, how to act, and how to leave a good impression. Focus and preparation helps you succeed in your interview.

Start your interview preparation by understanding the American interview structure.

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Informational interviews: How to email strangers

As an international student your job search requires a lot of informational interviews. Speaking with people inside of companies helps you understand American business culture. It also helps professional learn about you.¬†Informational interviewing might feel intimidating. It feels difficult because the first step is always emailing someone you don’t know to ask for their time. Reaching out to strangers without an introduction just feels awkward.

The good news is that you can get good at it. You can learn to be successful at it. All you need is an email template and a bit of motivation.

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GPA isn’t the most important part of your search

International students often focus on GPA in the job search. I hear a lot of questions like:

Does GPA matter for engineering jobs?

Do employers look at your GPA? 

How important is GPA in the job search? 

The truth is that GPA isn’t nearly as important in your job or internship search as you think. Companies that hire international students and sponsor h1b aren’t looking for a good GPA. They’re looking for experienced students with specific skills. Even entry level OPT jobs for students require more than just a GPA.

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5 easy ways international students find internships

If you’re searching for your dream internship, you will want to use multiple methods to find them. Many students limit their internship search to submitting resumes through a single platform. But there is more than one way to find international student internships.

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5 things you need to know before starting your internship search

After the rush of fall term starts to settle down international students start planning for the CPT internship search. January through March are peak CPT internship search times. Finding internships for international students takes some planning. The earlier you start preparing for the search, the more successful you will be. Here is what you need to know to prepare for international student internships.

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