Student Internship Challenges

In searching for summer internships in the United States, international students face a number of barriers that domestic students don’t have to worry about.
According to a report by Career Services, just over half of international students in the College of Arts and Sciences had summer internships in the United States in 2014, versus 49 percent that reported having internships outside the U.S. 85 percent of U.S. internships taken by College international students were located on the East coast, especially in New York and Pennsylvania. Outside the U.S., just over half of all international internships were located in Asia, with India and China ranking at the top of the list.

In searching for summer internships in the United States, international students face a number of barriers that domestic students don’t have to worry about.

According to a report by Career Services, just over half of international students in the College of Arts and Sciences had summer internships in the United States in 2014, versus 49 percent that reported having internships outside the U.S. 85 percent of U.S. internships taken by College international students were located on the East coast, especially in New York and Pennsylvania. Outside the U.S., just over half of all international internships were located in Asia, with India and China ranking at the top of the list.

Engineering junior Amilcar Cipriano, an international student from Mozambique, struggled to find an internship in the U.S. during his first two years of college.

“It’s more difficult to find internships in the U.S., specifically engineering internships,” he said. “A lot of the [engineering] companies doing really cool things are working under government funding, and they can’t hire international kids. If you appear international, then you just don’t have a chance.”

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