Modern technology has made the world a smaller place. In today's increasingly global business world, individuals seeking to advance their careers need to set themselves apart from their peers. For international students and young professionals, participating in training and internship programs in the U.S. looks good on resumés and often provides the edge they need to be successful on the job market.
Working Knowledge of International Business
Many of the world's leading companies value global experience. In addition to providing international interns with the opportunity to observe how U.S. companies conduct business, companies are becoming increasingly reliant on clients in locations around the world. International people who have had career training in the U.S. are even more attractive to potential employers in their home countries.
Internship and training experience in the U.S. may be especially attractive to companies with plans to expand their operations into North America. International interns can gain valuable insight into how U.S. companies do business and go back to their countries with additional capabilities in interpersonal communication and personnel management.
Demand in Industry
Some sectors rely on international business more than others. Advertising and marketing, hotel management, hospitality and tourism, architectural development and finance are all prime examples of fields that have become increasingly globalized in the 21st century's business environment.
Student interns from these and other fields can not only improve their knowledge of global commerce through international programs, but also enhance understanding of their academic studies. It is one thing to learn about global finance within the confines of a classroom, but it is quite another to see how the U.S. does business firsthand while living and working in America. These insights cannot be taught - they have to be experienced.
Lead by Example
Many companies around the world seek to emulate the success of American organizations. Students who wish to stand out in the job market can benefit by participating in a career training program in the U.S. The management styles they will experience could be of great value to employers in their home countries, making them attractive candidates.
Working as an international intern also demonstrates that students are driven and motivated to succeed in their careers. Students participating in career training programs in the U.S. may be seen by potential employers as more independent candidates who are able to take initiative and are committed to their development for the future.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.