As one of the nation’s leading career service providers to international students, Mizzou’s International Students’ Career Services (ISCS) collaborates with the International Center and other international offices on campus to provide students with culturally sensitive career services.
Studying in America is an experience you will carry with you for the rest of your life. The opportunity to learn from your friends, peers, and professors at a global institution will broaden your worldview and mold you into a competent global citizen. However, it also brings its own set of unique challenges for international students. As an international student, there are different sets of questions and concerns to consider when it comes to working and interning in America. Am I allowed to work/intern if I am on a student visa? Can I work on campus? How do I find an internship? What challenges might I face in the job search process? Mizzou’s International Students’ Career Services (ISCS) is not only aware of the questions you may have, but has the resources to help you navigate the process and find answers to questions like these.
Managed by trained coordinators, career specialists, graduate assistants, and volunteers, the nationally-recognized ISCS has assisted over 6,000 international students in career advising since its inception in 2005. Whether it is through individual advising, workshops, or other services, students can expect professional assistance in the following areas:
- Finding full-time and part-time jobs
- Visa and legal issues
- Cultural and academic adjustment
- Interview skills and strategies
- Internship and graduate school applications
- Resume writing and review
The students’ collaboration with ISCS is an ongoing process. Depending on the students’ chosen program, some will require an internship while others will not. The ISCS should be the first point of contact when deciding if and when to pursue an internship. Not only will the ISCS help students locate internships, but will assist the student throughout the application process. Students can expect help with understanding the cultural nuances that come with applying for an internship in America.
Mizzou provides ample opportunity for international students to network and apply the skills they have transferred from their home country to a job or internship in America or abroad. On-campus employers like the bookstore and dining services are great places to start. Other students find opportunities on hiremizzoutigers.com or student research work on undergradresearch.missouri.edu. On a larger scale, multinational corporations like Disney, NBC, Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, and Marriott regularly visit campus to recruit students. So whether you are looking local or global, the ISCS can assist you in your search.
ISCS realizes the job search process is complex and not straightforward, so they are here to provide a safe-area for international students to come and explore career opportunities with a trained professional who is sensitive to the cultural complexities that come from working in a different country. The ISCS will help navigate these complexities and provide culturally sensitive services that promote personal and career development for all international students. To see how the ISCS helped Mizzou engineering student Tom Li find an internship read more here.