Hiring International Students
If your organization is thinking globally, international students could provide the staffing you need. By completing a course of study at an American institution, these students demonstrate a wide variety of skills. They are completely bilingual, and many speak multiple languages; they have adapted to life in another culture; they have excelled academically, and have lived independently. They possess a sense of determination and tenaciousness, and, whether they are planning to remain in the United States long-term, or return home after gaining significant experience, they are driven to build skills and succeed at the highest levels. They are often well networked in their home countries and can assist organizations that are globalizing.
In Capitalizing on the Global Workforce (1997) Schell & Solomon present six basic characteristics of successful global workers: acceptance, knowledge, positive emotions, lifestyle, interaction and communication. International students fit this profile well. Global companies can use student cross-cultural expertise, as well as the personal characteristics that made them successful in the US. If they return to their home countries, businesses will have local contacts at least, on-site overseas employees at best, and international liaisons in either case. It's a win-win situation!
International students are eligible for internships (pre- or post-graduation), or short-term employment (up to a year) with virtually no requirements placed upon the employer. With a little more effort and minimal expense, employers may hire international students for up to six years (in three-year blocks).
If, after six years, the employer wishes to sponsor an international employee for a more permanent position, that, too, is possible. These transitions from one visa status to another can be seamless, if both employer and employee think ahead.
How to Hire International Students
- Include international students in your applicant pool
- Interview them just as you would American students
- Ask student about work permission
- Rely on the student to obtain the necessary permission
- Enjoy a productive, dedicated, reliable new professional
Ready to review some international student resumes? Do you have additional questions on the hiring process or visa regulations? We’re ready to help!
Contact the Career Development Center/Arts & Sciences Career Services as your first step. Let us know that you would like to include international students in your recruitment process. If you have a specific need or would like more information about visa requirements, contact the Office of International Services (OIS) at 812-855-9086.