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inspire students to seek out internships. "Alumni are eager to help
international students because they know what it's like and want to
give back," Bang says.
Networking events and career fairs in various cities such as
New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago link international students with employers and alumni [all institutions
mentioned in this article host such networking events]. Each year
Colgate introduces students to diverse industries such as real estate,
entertainment, and the nonprofit sector through two-day immersion trips to top U.S. cities.
Affan Mian, a Colgate graduate originally from Pakistan now
working at Ernst & Young in New York City, credits his trip to
Washington, D.C. with giving him the sense of the "larger world
out there. I met with Colgate alumni from government and
nonprofits."
Mock interviews at the Colgate career center were especially
helpful when Mian interviewed with the professional services firm
on campus. He worked at Ernst & Young this year through an OPT
visa but will continue full-time next year because the company is
sponsoring him for an H-1B visa. Currently he is a business adviser,
working on projects such as anti-money laundering. But he's leaving
his options open to work in nonprofits at a later date.

Online Tools
Online sites play an important role for international students. At
LinkedIn, students can search by key words and put up their profiles.
Sites that list employers who have hired international students are
also helpful resources to peruse.
In January of this year, Berkeley created a LinkedIn group, UC
Berkeley International Student and Alumni Network, so students and
alumni can connect for informational interviews and career networking. Bang reports that the group currently has more than 800 members.
At Colorado State, international students use Going Global to
search by country, industry, or native language. The site also provides information on visas, résumés, and work permits.

Targeting Employers, Too
Career centers also have another target audience: employers. Some
may not understand what is involved in hiring an international student while others believe it will be too much trouble. Establishing
relationships with business is important to the job search effort.
Berkeley developed an online guide especially for employers on its
website. U.S. Employer's Guide to Hiring UC Berkeley International
Students outlines the details they'll need to hire an international
student, either for an internship or a permanent position.
Counselors also gather feedback from employers and alumni that
may prove valuable to their young charges, some gleaned from interviews employers have had with international students.
"We try to help companies understand why it is in their best
interest to hire international students for internships," Matherly says.

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Although career services offices have had many successes placing
international students, it's not a sure bet.
Bang recalls experiences with two recent graduates. An Indonesian transfer student wanted to get into the investment banking
field. "She absorbed everything I told her, networked, and went to
numerous information sessions with employers." Although she had
multiple offers in New York, she opted for a position in Singapore.
A Chinese student who wanted a job in a large accounting firm had
low self-esteem when she first met with Bang. But after several meetings the student became more confident. She landed an internship in
San Francisco and received a return offer. She is now eager to be on
alumni panels to share her experiences.
Susan Schell, director of Colorado State's Career Management
Center, tells international students the probability of getting a job
in the United States goes up the more they work at it. She recalls
a "tenacious" Chinese student who made more than 100 contacts.
She's now working at a U.S. investment banking company.

Being Realistic
Although career counselors would like nothing more than being
able to place all international students in jobs they'd like and in
places they desire, the reality is that few accomplish that goal. The

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Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
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Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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