Alumni Newsletter: Spring 2017

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Announcements  |  News You Can Use  |  Alum Spotlight  |  Hear from Fellow Alumni  |  Social Media Highlights

As InterExchange Career Training USA alumni, you’ve not only honed your business acumen and cross-cultural communication skills; you’ve established international connections that you’ll carry with you long after your program concludes. As you progress in your career, we want to continue providing resources and tools for your ongoing success. In this edition of our Alumni Newsletter, you’ll discover how to use those new contacts and connections to leverage your experience, and see how other alumni have successfully leveraged theirs!

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InterExchange Events Snapshot

InterExchange participants watched the Lunar New Year parade in NYC!
InterExchange participants watched the Lunar New Year parade in NYC!
Photo courtesy of Kristen Gartside

Share Your Success Story!

Tell us what you’ve been up to since your program and you could be featured on our Alumni Highlights page. This gives us all a chance to celebrate your successes, so please contribute your story!

You can also get inspired by your fellow Career Training USA alums through our InterExchange Alumni Community and Resources!

Pay it Forward: Refer a Friend and Earn Cash!

Do you have friends who would be a great fit for an InterExchange program? We’re excited to announce a new way to share your exchange experience, promote cross cultural learning, and get paid! Just fill out our form to get a referral code for your friends to enter in their applications and earn $100 each time a friend participates in our program.

News You Can Use

Jumpstart your career with our multitude of tips!
Jumpstart your career with our multitude of tips!
Photo courtesy of Pixabay

InterExchange regularly shares advice on our blog for continuing post-program success. If you’ve just finished up, make sure you get those American references! Looking for a job can be hard work, but your experience in the U.S. is an asset you should leverage to boost your career. And it’s always good to read something for inspiration for your next adventure!

On a practical note: if your program was paid and you received a paycheck anytime during 2016, you will need to file a 2016 tax return. Our tax information page and our article with tips on filing can help guide you through this process. Remember, many of our participants are eligible for refunds, so be sure to file!

Alumni Spotlight: Alba Garcia Rodriguez, Intern USA 2013

Alba takes conch measurements in the Caribbean!
Alba takes conch measurements in the Caribbean!
Photo Courtesy of Alba Garcia Rodriguez

“I consider working at Ocean Conservancy as the inflection point in my career. That opportunity allowed me to really improve my English skills, and also to see how the marine conservation world works. It was at the end of the internship that I was highly encouraged to pursue my career, which made me enter a Master’s Program at Dalhousie University in Canada. During that internship, I learned so much. It was an opportunity that made me grow both professionally and also personally. Without the internship that I conducted at Ocean Conservancy, I have no doubt my life would be very different right now.”

Read more about Alba’s work »

Hear from Fellow Alumni

Tell us about your favorite memory from your time in the U.S. during your Career Training USA program?

My favorite memories are the ones with my friends I met during the program and that I am sure will last forever. Laia Rodriguez from Brazil

I do not have one favorite memory because my entire time in the U.S. was amazing, which I experienced during working and traveling. Martin Janicki from Germany

Hanging out with colleagues! I loved staying longer in the office to socialize with the others. We crafted our own beer, that was cool! Matija Sosic from Croatia

Social Media Highlights

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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