Category Archives: International Students

International Students: Navigating the U.S. Internship and Job Market

The Wasserman Center for Career Development offers many opportunities for international students to best prepare for internships and professional life in the U.S.  On March 6th the NYU SPS International Club and the Wasserman Center at SPS co-hosted a panel for students with questions about CPT, OPT, H1B and on-campus employment.  “Meet and Greet: Tips to Succeed in the U.S. Job Market” was held to educate international students on visa-related job opportunities during and after their studies.

 A common theme mentioned by the panelists is that confidence is an important characteristic needed to successfully find a job or internship. International students report they often feel at a disadvantage when seeking employment compared to American students because of language barriers or cultural differences. The panelists, however, encouraged international students to turn away from that fear and focus, rather, on their strengths. For example, most international students speak more than one language and have previous work experience in their home country, which provides an important global perspective.

 Another important characteristic the panelists addressed was persistence. One panelist explained there is a good chance that if you knock on twenty doors, only one will be opened for you.  Panelists encouraged students to not become frustrated or defeated if they don’t find a job or internship right away. If they keep “knocking”, the right opportunity will eventually open up.

 The panelists also shared that when employers are looking for a candidate, they often search for what is unique about the person being interviewed and what they can bring to the table, rather than common skills that almost every other candidate possesses. Therefore, it is important for international students to self-assess and identify what area(s) they excel, then leverage these areas to impress employers.

 Interested in learning more? On Thursday April 9th, 2015, from 3:30pm-5:00pm, the Wasserman Center at SPS and the International Student Support Center are co-hosting an event titled, Succeeding in Your Internship for International Students.  Come to the 5th Floor Lounge at 7 East 12th Street to learn insider tips about how to make the most of your internship in the U.S.  You will have the opportunity to meet and speak directly with professionals working with international students, NYU international alumni and NYU international second-year graduate students about how to navigate U.S. work culture and employer expectations. We hope to see you- RSVP here!

Networking Tips from International NYU Alumni

Panelist information:

Glenn Meyer, May 2013, POSSIBLE, Marketing Data Scientist

Dounia Kchiere, May 2013, UNICEF, Global Social Media Consultant

On Tuesday, October 8, the NYU Wasserman Center@SCPS hosted a strategy session for over 40 international students called “What is Networking? And How Do I Do It?” Co-sponsored by the SCPS Integrated Marketing Association.

In case you missed it, here are the top 8 tips shared by panelists Dounia Kchiere and Glenn Meyer, former international students and 2013 SCPS alumni who are now happily employed in NYC.

1.     Get out of your comfort zone: Challenge yourself to attend networking and social events on your own. Set a goal of meeting two new people at each event…and follow up with them. Don’t just stand in the corner with your friends and people you already know, this is not networking J

2.     Ask for information, not a job: The purpose of networking is to build relationships and to raise awareness of “your personal brand”. It is a way that students can uncover information about industries, potential opportunities, job searching strategies, and organizations. Never ask someone “what jobs are currently available at your organization”. Instead ask for information, advice, and insight.

3.     Address cultural differences: Networking is challenging for all students, but often international students come from cultures were networking may not be as common. Take the time to understand U.S. business culture and why networking is so essential to landing an opportunity in the U.S. Ask Wasserman Center Career Counselors, professors, and American students for advice on how to network and what is and is not culturally acceptable.

4.     Leverage social media to connect with industry professionals: Follow industry leaders on Twitter and LinkedIn and comment on their posts. This is a great way to connect with high-level professionals that you might not be able to meet for face-to-face meetings.

5.     Follow-Up, Follow-Up, Follow-Up: After meeting someone once, continue to build the relationship. Share updates about yourself (example: academic accomplishments and internships) or offer interesting information relevant to the industry. This will keep you top of mind with your professional contacts.

6.     Use the NYU Mentor Network: Leverage this Wasserman Center resource to connect with industry professionals for informational conversations. Interested in learning how to access the NYU Mentor Network? Stop by the Wasserman Center@SCPS for walk-in hours at 7 East 12th Street, Suite 829 (Monday/Thursday 4-5pm & Tuesday/Friday 12-1:30pm).

7.     Take risks: Start a relevant blog to help brand yourself as an industry expert! Send a LinkedIn message or Tweet to an industry professional that has your dream job! Approach panelists and event speakers after a presentation to introduce yourself! You will be amazed how these actions will help you to reach your goals.

8.     Don’t get discouraged: Building your network in the U.S. takes time and a lot of energy. Not everyone that you reach out to will necessarily respond to you. Don’t take it personally, move on to the next person and you will find that more often than not, people are more than willing to speak to students.

Join us for a series of workshops and seminars to learn all about marketing your background in the U.S. job search. Sign up through Career Net for this week’s events. 


Attention International Students: Jumpstart your job search with the
Join us for a series of workshops and seminars to learn all about marketing your background in the U.S. job search.


Monday, October 14, 12:30pm-1:30pm | Learn the specifics of preparing your resume and cover letter for the U.S. job search.


Tuesday, October 15, 12:30pm-1:30pm | This seminar is designed for international students to learn about the power of networking and meeting the right people in their field.


Wednesday, October 16, 12:30pm-1:30pm | This seminar will focus on strategies to develop more professional contacts and to successfully navigate American business culture.


Thursday, October 17, 12:30pm-1:30pm | This presentation will highlight ways to present your international student experiences as a strength and asset to prospective employers.


Friday, October 18, 12:30pm-1:30pm | This seminar is designed for international students to become familiar with the U.S. interview process. Commonly posed questions and effective responses will be discussed.

REGISTER TODAY on NYU CareerNet (under Events/Seminars).

All events take place at the Wasserman Center.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Global Services

October Spotlight: The Global Advantage

This month is all about the global advantage! NYU offers over a dozen different international study away locations to provide you with the ultimate global experience.

To kick off the conversation about the advantages of studying away, here’s a Wassertube video spotlighting insights from our employer partners and NYU students:

If coming to NYC for your education is a part of your global experience, then attend the international student orientation through the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) to make the most of your time here at NYU!


Alumni Perspectives: A Guide to Getting Sponsorship

Former NYU WasserPeer, Barbara Leung, and overall awesome alumna shares a how-to guide on international students gaining sponsorships on The Levo League! 

Check out her post here!

For more of Barb’s insights, follow her on Twitter @barb_leung or visit her blog at