Alumni Newsletter: Fall 2016

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Career Training USA Alumni Survey

We are conducting a survey of our alumni this fall to learn about your accomplishments since your return home. We use our survey results to help us understand the impact interning in the U.S. has on the lives of our participants. We share this information with the U.S. Department of State to support the continuation and expansion of the J-1 exchange visitor programs for future generations. Please take five minutes out of your day to fill out our survey and support exchange programs!

InterExchange Participants Get a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Barneys!

InterExchange participants get a tour of Barneys
InterExchange participants get a tour of Barneys
Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Willhide

InterExchange participants recently had the opportunity to tour Barneys New York for an inside look at the world of fashion and high-end retail. One of our interns wrote a great blog post about their experience!

Alumni Highlights Page

Over the spring and summer, we asked some of you to tell us what you are doing now so we could add your achievements to our Alumni Highlights page. This gives us all a chance to celebrate your successes, so please contribute to our page. See what your fellow Career Training USA alumni are doing now!

Interview With an Alum: Stephanie Ten Berge

Stephanie, from Germany, did an internship with H&M for nine months in 2015 with the Intern USA program. She is now a store development manager for H&M in Zurich, Switzerland. We recently asked her to reflect on her time in the U.S. and how it affected her career.

Stephanie at brunch
Stephanie at brunch
Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Ten Berge

Describe your internship in the U.S.

As part of a global talent program of H&M I was sent to New York for nine months. During this time I was trained in Store Development and Expansion, which entails designing the optimal commercial stores and building a strategic and profitable store portfolio.

What are some of your most memorable experiences from your time in the U.S.?

It’s hard to pick a most memorable experience, when your nine months were full of fantastic local experiences: foliage in Upstate New York; watching the Yankees, Rangers and Nets live; celebrating 4th July and Halloween; exploring the beaches of NJ and NY; travelling to Miami, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Alabama; experiencing spring, summer and fall in the city of dreams; endless Sunday brunches; the list just goes on…

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In the last several years, LinkedIn has become an increasingly popular way to network with people in your industry. More employers are using LinkedIn as a recruitment and hiring tool, and students and professionals are also using it in their job searches.

LinkedIn can be an important networking tool!
LinkedIn can be an important networking tool!
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Now that you have completed an internship in the U.S., you have some valuable experience to add to your LinkedIn profile that can appeal to employers in your home country. Likewise, you can take advantage of the Jobs feature on LinkedIn and search for positions in your home country. Take a look at our section-by-section LinkedIn guide for tips on getting the most out of LinkedIn while avoiding some common mistakes.

Your Profile

If you’re new to LinkedIn, the first thing you’ll need to do to successfully connect with others is create an account and build your online profile. The LinkedIn profile is essentially your online “resume” and how you present yourself to the rest of the users on the site. Create a clear, accurate profile and make sure you fill out every section.

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U.S. Culture Corner - The latest from the Career Training USA Blog

Read some of our best blog posts of the past few months for more participant spotlights, American culture, and practical advice!

InterExchange Alumni Community and Resources– Get Connected!

We are continuing to work on updating our Resource Center for Career Training USA Alumni. Here you can find tips on applying and interviewing for jobs, learn how to market and share your U.S. experience upon your return, network with fellow alumni, and much more. Check it out!

Career Training USA Alumni Resource Center

InterExchange Alumni Network

About InterExchange Career Training USA

InterExchange is a non-profit organization with more than 40 years of experience promoting cultural awareness through our affordable and exciting work & travel, professional training, internship, au pair, camp, language learning, and volunteer programs within the U.S. and abroad. InterExchange is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor the J-1 Visa for international visitors who would like to engage in cultural exchange by visiting the U.S. for a defined period of time. Our Career Training USA program helps students and young professionals from around the globe enjoy internships and training programs across the USA.

We help international visitors take advantage of the cultural opportunities offered by their local host communities in the U.S. Similarly, we encourage U.S. host employers to promote cultural learning by introducing international visitors to uniquely American values, customs, history, and activities while simultaneously learning about the countries and cultures of visiting participants. Strengthening these relationships achieves the goals of mutual cultural exchange and allows us to build a global community - one person at a time.

Elizabeth Cummings Elizabeth Cummings

Liz got the travel bug as a teenager when she volunteered in Mexico. After extensive travel, interning and studying abroad, she is excited to help others fulfill their dreams of experiencing another culture through InterExchange’s Career Training USA program.

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Experience American culture and add international skills to your resume.

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U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation