Presentation on theme: "How to Lead in a Global Economy Why You Can’t Afford NOT to Hire International Interns InterExchange, Inc. Career Training USA Presented by: Larry Rothchild."— Presentation transcript:
How to Lead in a Global Economy Why You Can’t Afford NOT to Hire International Interns InterExchange, Inc. Career Training USA Presented by: Larry Rothchild Bregtje Slofstra
What is an Intern? What do you think when you hear the word “intern”? What type of person do you picture? What types of tasks do you envision an intern completing? When and for how long does an intern work?
What about an “international” intern? Do you think the same things?
What IS an “international” intern? Current university students, recent graduates, and young professionals from outside the U.S. who intern or train with U.S. businesses International interns come to the U.S. on a J-1 Visa, which InterExchange Career Training USA is a State Department- designated sponsor
Visas? International staff? Thinking you can’t hire international interns? Don’t see the benefit? Think again!
Myth #1: We Can’t Afford It. No recruiting, screening, application, or sponsorship fees for employers Save on benefits and payroll taxes Various compensation options: Salary, stipend, housing/transportation allowance, unpaid
Myth #2: Interns Don’t Add Much to the Team Interns may not perform more than 20% basic/clerical tasks Education and/or work experience related to the field of training Extremely eager and highly motivated
Myth #3: We Can Just Stick with American Interns International interns can begin working any day of the year Interns can stay up to 12 months and trainees can stay up to 18 months Staff at overseas branches can train in U.S. branches Groom international students for employment in overseas branches Improve communication with international clients
Myth #4: It’s Complicated to Bring Them to the U.S. Sponsorship for pre-selected candidates—we will handle all of the paperwork Thorough recruitment and screening for prospective placement candidates 24-hour support for participants and employers throughout the entire program
Myth #5: There’s Going to Be a Language Barrier All candidates are interviewed either by you (self-arranged) or by our placement team Most candidates are bilingual and many are multilingual Familiar with terminology in field due to current or past education/work experience Perfect opportunity for current staff to develop cross-cultural communication skills
Myth #6: We’ll Be Taking Jobs Away from American s Temporary, non-immigrant visa Intended for training and cultural exchange—cannot be used for regular work purposes and participants are required to return home
Can I Use Career Training USA? Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002) Employer Identification Number (FEIN) Dun & Bradstreet number Active workers’ compensation policy Evaluations Site-visit Not a home-based business Offer a program in a sponsored field Supervisor required onsite for intern/trainee
What Fields Can InterExchange Sponsor? Business: Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Management, Human Resources, etc. Hospitality: Management, Food & Beverage, Culinary, etc. Media & Communication: IT, Graphic Design & Communications, Journalism, Publishing, etc. Law & Public Administration: Law, Urban Affairs, Public Policy, Non-Profit, etc. Math/Science/Industrial Occupations: Engineering, Architecture, Applied Sciences, etc.
What’s the Difference Between an Intern and a Trainee? Intern: Currently enrolled in a degree- or professional certificate- granting post-secondary institution outside the U.S. OR Have graduated from such an institution within 12 months of program start date Trainee: A degree or certificate from a post-secondary institution outside the U.S. and at least one year of related professional experience acquired outside the U.S. Five years of related professional experience from outside the U.S.
Are There Any Additional Requirements? 18-38 years of age Accident & sickness insurance May not pursue 2nd jobs in the U.S. Must have sufficient funds for entire program May not perform manual/unskilled labor—no more than 20% basic/clerical work Must work full-time (min. 32 hrs/week)
How Long Does the Process Take? J-1 Visa Sponsorship: Application review – 1-2 weeks Embassy Interview/Departure – Up to one month Internship Placement: Internship Approval Process – 1-3 weeks Placement Process* – 1-3 months Embassy Interview/Departure – Up to one month *Includes recruiting, pre-screening, application review, & employer interviews
What Do I Do Before My International Intern Arrives? Make final arrangements with intern/trainee Recommend housing and transportation options to intern/trainee Prepare current staff – cultural sensitivity/awareness Consider your expectations Develop orientation/training plan to welcome intern/trainee to your company
What Happens Once the Program Begins ? 24-hour support from InterExchange Ongoing support and supervision of intern Interim and final evaluations Program extensions Recruitment of future interns