Internship in the USA

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I do an internship?

A: You will have an opportunity to gain valuable work experience. It will also look impressive on your Curriculum Vitae / Resume for future employers to have worked in a professional American environment. During the internship, you'll be working together with American colleagues, customers and possibly other nationalities also. Of course, there will be regular meetings with your supervisor, to make sure you are progressing well. If you are a person who is comfortable working independently and you have good time-management skills, an internship would be an excellent choice. If English is not your first language, you will also benefit from practising the language in an English-speaking work environment. The primary reason for doing an internship with us is to gain work experience within an American working environment and to build your network of contacts in an industry in which you are interested. The program is an excellent investment of your time and effort and will present a long-term return in terms of gaining knowledge, experience and other indirect advantages.

Q: How long are the internships?

A: Depending upon your type of visa and immigration status, the internships can range anywhere from 2 months to 12 months in length. It can be a full-time or part-time internship, again depending on your visa.

Q: What are the requirements for doing an internship?

A: Technical requirements: minimum of basic computer skills and internet usage. Experience using Word/Excel and Outlook or email. Any additional skills (Photoshop, HTML) and work experience is even better, since this increases the possibility of a successful placement.

English proficiency: for those who are not native English speakers, you will need an intermediate level of English as a minimum.

Q: If I am not a native English speaker, how can I know before booking this program if my English level is good enough?

A: We will do an initial short telephone interview with you. This will determine if your English level is appropriate and the reality of placement. If not, we can usually make recommendations about alternative options. If you wish, you may do some language preparation classes face-to-face or via Skype to ensure your English is as good as possible before your internship begins. This is part of our unique service.

Q: Can I choose my own internship?

A: It is not possible to guarantee the type of company, size or location. The type of internship varies according to your qualifications, skills, experience and level of English. However, we will try to have you placed in your desired area/industry.
We may need to ask you what your first, second and third choices are. Example: 1st choice, an internship in the area of marketing; 2nd choice, work in public relations; 3rd choice, the area of the arts/museum environment. Let us know if you have questions or concerns about this.

Q: How do I know I will be placed with a good host company?

A: All our host companies go through a rigorous screening process before being accepted as suitable. Generally, the organizations are well-established and have had international interns in the past. All host companies are counseled to understand / appreciate the difficulties that an international student might have in working within an American working environment, especially when you are an intern whose first language is not English. If any difficulties arise during your internship, our staff will give you the support you need to overcome them.

Q: How does a host company decide if I am right for them?

A: After the host company has reviewed your Curriculum Vitae / Resume, you may be invited to interview with them. During this interview, you will be asked questions just like in a normal job interview. Depending on the outcome of the interview, the host company may accept or reject you as an intern. If you are rejected, we will generally do a post-interview debriefing session. As soon as possible, another interview with another host company will be arranged.

Q: Do you help me prepare for the interview and the internship?

A: Yes, we do. Included in the program is:
- placement into an internship position with a reputable firm.
- a program co-ordinator will accompany you to your interview, if necessary.
- one 'Introductory counselling' session with a program co-ordinator.
- one 'Curriculum Vitae / Resume review' session with a program co-ordinator.
- one or two (if necessary) 'Interview training' sessions with a program co-ordinator.
- regular monitoring throughout your internship to ensure all is progressing well.

Q: How do you monitor my progress after my internship starts?

A: After the initial placement, you will be required to submit regular reports, on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. These will keep track of how your internship is progressing, what tasks or projects you have worked on and for how long, what challenges you have faced, and so on.

Q: What if I begin my internship but am unhappy with it?

A: If the problem cannot be solved through communication with the host company, other options will be considered. It is however quite rare that, despite everyone's best efforts, a company fails to provide the experience to which they had committed. In such a case, however, every effort will be made to resolve this problem and consider the best possible next steps as quickly as possible.

Q: What should I do if I have other questions that aren't answered here?

A: Contact us and we'll be happy to help you.

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