Just for Our International Students – April Newsletter

HELLO, KELLEY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!

Is it Spring already? We are all certainly ready for it—warmer weather and nature’s rebirth!

Also, Spring means that the end of the semester is approaching, and you either:

  • Have secured your internship or employment.
    • Congratulations! Report it on our website and stop by the Prebys Career Center to pick up your FREE “Kelley Hired” swag (choose from a t-shirt, baseball cap, or bistro mug), and show that off on social media by tagging @KelleyUCS #KelleyHired.
    • Check if you need to apply for CPT or OPT, depending on the location.
  • Are still applying, interviewing, and figuring it out.
    • Keep putting forth the effort—it will pay off! And do check in with us about your resume, cover letter, and interview skills – those are “living” documents/skills that you have to keep updating and be proficient with.
  • Are feeling rather lost and under pressure?
    • This isn’t helpful. Instead, take care of yourself and reach out to us. Some of us have been international students as well, and we always want to speak with and help you secure your next opportunity!

ON YOUR NEXT STEPS:

“Learn” is our word for April! Learning to navigate your career goals, options, and actual career opportunities can sometimes be overwhelming. It is always a good idea to learn more and know your options. Depending on if you are going back to your home country, willing to try work experience in the US, or exploring options in a third country, you should learn about your immigration options!

If your planning to gain experience in the US, you have to be aware of CPT and OPT. They stand for the following and are rather simple to process, but are a part of your visa and immigration status!

  • CPT stands for “Curricular Practical Training”. It is opportunity that will give you practical experience in your field of study before you graduate, such as an internship. You will need an internship offer before you can submit your request here.
  • OPT is “Optional Practical Training”, for employment after graduation. You may be eligible for 12 months of OPT, which allows you to gain practical training and experience related to your major field of study. You do not need an employment letter to apply for OPT, and there are deadlines when you can or cannot apply. Please do check your plan and communicate this with OIS, as there are restrictions involved as well.

Be aware that it is a serious violation of your immigration status to work without authorization. Never work without first receiving authorization.

Also, IU Immigration Bridge is a proactive partnership between UCS, OIS, and a top immigration law firm, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, to assist students with H-1B and other visa option needs by streamlining the visa process for potential employers. Fragomen LLP is globally present and has a team that could support your immigration options to a third country as well. Here is the recording from Fragomen’s last information session, this March.

STUDENT PERSPECTIVE:

As an international student, I initially found myself constantly overwhelmed by the intricacies of the college experience. My biggest advice to anyone in this situation would be to be patient with yourself and allow yourself time to find your footing. As you find your footing (familiarity with classes, an inspiring group of friends, an understanding of Bloomington geography, etc.), it’s a lot easier to lean into newer albeit unfamiliar opportunities. Some things that helped me were –

  • Plan dinners around Bloomington with floormates / group project teammates
  • Attend every callout you find remotely interesting
    • Try to narrow down extra-curricular involvement to 2-4 things as you begin college and feel free to further prioritize as you take on more involvement / leadership
  • Don’t be scared to pivot – college is one of the last low-risk opportunities for you to try something random!
  • Take time to understand you the university departments designed to aid you
    • Something that helped me was getting to know my academic advisor / career coach – I enjoyed speaking with them so it didn’t feel like a chore
  • Make sure you have honest conversations with friends / professors / coaches when you are struggling – even articulating what you are going through can be stress-relieving
    • Make sure to leverage CAPS and other resources if you feel like you could benefit from that

~Anonymous Kelley Alum, Class 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS:

International Student Drop-In Career Coaching every Wednesday and Friday in April, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Do you have career related questions? An internship question? Are you applying for CPT? Drop in for an answer!

Kelley 2 Careers: First-year Fast Track: Planning Your Summer Experience (For first-year students and anyone else trying to figure it out!)
Friday, April 15, 2022, 12pm – 1pm, Prebys Presentation Room, HH 0202
Wondering what to do over the summer and if you should secure a formal internship as a first-year student? This session is for you! Students will learn how to seek out and secure meaningful experiences during the summer that will ultimately improve your resume.

Lockin China Global Talents Career Fairs This May
Shenzhen: May 8, Beijing: May 15, Shanghai: May 22

Kelley 2 Global Careers: I succeeded, ask me how!“ Yuanting Cheng, Kelley 2020 Alum, Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking Division (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 20th 12:30 – 1:30 EST pm
Hear firsthand experience in developing a successful career strategy. Learn about the steps that our Kelley international students take, get networking tips, and see how you can be supported by UCS.

UCS End of The Year Pizza Party Celebration
Monday, April 25, 2022, 12pm – 2pm, Prebys Center

Stop by the Prebys Center and join us at the Undergraduate Career Services (UCS) End of the Year Pizza Party Celebration. The UCS team is excited to celebrate the conclusion of the academic year and the achievements of the Kelley students this past year! We look forward to seeing you there!

More events are available on Handshake! Plan to attend as many as you can, these are opportunities for you to connect with recruiters, alumni, learn about openings, skills and also expand your network!

RESOURCES YOUR PEERS ARE TALKING ABOUT:

Helpful resource on familiarizing a prospective employer on what employers should know about hiring an international students.

Reminders on what you should target as you are preparing for your job search as International Students

Get involved on IUB Campus, meet inspiring peers and gain new professional skills!

Just a few of the alternative job search sites for international students:

  • Lockin China, the Spring 2022 pre-work guidance workshop. This workshop not only analyses the current situation of spring campus recruitment in China, but also shares job-applying experience and skills, and brings many hot job recommendations to students.
  • The Asian Mental Health Collective aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

HAVE CAREER-RELATED QUESTIONS? WE’RE HERE!

Make your one-on-one coaching appointments on Handshake (for in-person or virtual appointments) and for drop-ins, just stop by our Prebys Career Center lobby Monday through Friday, 10a.m. – 3p.m.

We have free coffee, interview rooms that you can reserve for your virtual interviews or networking event, and coaches who are here to guide you towards your career goal!

CONNECT WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

We’re on social media! Hear from us and stay in touch with UCS and peer coaches for helpful recruiting tips, last-minute career-related events and opportunities, and employer features! Follow @KelleyUCS on Instagram and follow our peer coaches on @KelleyUCSCoaches for weekly posts and stories!

STAFF PICKS

Looking for a Summer Job Near You? Find It on Handshake!

All about practical training and student employment

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application Process for International Students

OPT FAQS

By Irena Otten
Irena Otten Associate Director of International Student Services & Career Coach