Alumni Resources

Alumni Highlights

Want to feel inspired? See what your fellow Career Training USA alumni are doing now on our Alumni Highlights page!

We would also love to hear about what you’ve been up to since completing your Career Training USA program! Take this one-minute survey and tell us about your new job, promotion, projects, whether you’ve returned to school — anything you’d like to share with InterExchange and your fellow program alumni.

Alumni Referral Program

Would you like to receive $100? If you have friends who want to intern or train in the USA, share your referral code with them before they start their InterExchange Career Training USA application. They will receive a $100 discount off their program fee, and once they arrive in the USA, you’ll receive a $100 reward!

Learn more about how to refer your friends here!

Career Training USA Alumni Newsletters

InterExchange Career Training USA shares program news and career tips through our alumni newsletter! Be sure to keep an eye out in for professional development resources, grants, new program information, and events.

LinkedIn Group and Facebook Page for Career Training USA Alumni

Keep in touch with InterExchange and connect with fellow Career Training USA alumni through our LinkedIn group and Facebook page for alumni!

Leveraging Your International Internship in Your Future Job Search

An internship in the U.S. is an incredible learning opportunity that should significantly boost your future career prospects. These professional, personal, and cultural experiences were likely part of the reason you decided to participate in the first place!

Now that your program has come to an end, it’s time to take a look at that experience and how you can use it to develop your career. InterExchange Career Training USA wants you to succeed, so we have compiled some information about how to use your international internship experience to launch your future career.

References and Recommendation Letters

As you say goodbye to your U.S. colleagues, make sure to keep their contact details or connect with them via LinkedIn.

Maintaining a friendly relationship with former employers and coworkers is important if you ever need a professional reference. Chances are, your employer would be more than happy to act as a reference or write a recommendation letter for you.

Guide to Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search

Now that you have completed your 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.

Leveraging Social Media in the Job Search

Social networking is more relevant than ever as people expand their networks online. While social networking may never fully replace the more traditional methods of networking, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can still be leveraged effectively as part of a job search.

If you are considering a future job upon returning to your home country, it is a good idea to start thinking about your social media presence now.

Going Home: Reverse Culture Shock and Reentry

The W Curve illustrates the ups and downs of culture shock.
The W Curve illustrates the ups and downs of culture shock.

Though you may have been confronted with “culture shock” when you arrived in the U.S. for your internship/training program, you may also experience similar feelings upon your return home.

Reverse culture shock, though lesser known than culture shock, is a phenomenon experienced by those returning to their home country after spending substantial time living abroad.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the challenges faced as well as some tips for dealing with them.

Whether you spent two months in the U.S. or 18 months, you are returning home with a new perspective on American culture, as evidenced through the photos you’ve taken, friends you’ve made and places you’ve seen. By using the tips and ideas above, we encourage you to continue your exchange experience by sharing your thoughts and memories with those around you.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation