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Engaging International Student Interns

Benefits of Hosting an International Student as an Intern:

If your organization is engaged in the global market, or has plans to grow in that capacity, CSB/SJU international students could provide an important perspective and skill set to help you achieve your goals! By completing their degree at CSB/SJU, versus at a school in their home country, these students demonstrate a wide variety of skills that are critical to workplace success. Some of those skills are:

  • Adaptability
  • Independence
  • A sense of determination and tenaciousness
  • Drive to build skills and succeed at the highest levels
  • Dedication
  • Academic excellence
  • Networking ability with contacts in their home countries
  • Cross-cultural expertise
  • Bilingual Language Ability (English and the language of their home country)

—Local small business owner/internship site supervisor for recent international student placement

What Would I have to Do to Host an International Student Intern?

The short answer is very little! If you're developing a paid or an unpaid internship opportunity for/with an international student, you will simply be required to complete your portion of the CSB/SJU Internship Learning Contract. No further paperwork would be required of your organization; however, we encourage international students to consult with Intercultural & International Student Services to obtain proper authorization for their experience. This process would be the responsibility of the student, but would include:

  1. The student will complete the online Internship Learning Contract with approvals collected via email from their faculty moderator, you as site supervisor, and the CSB/SJU Assistant Director of Experiential Learning & Community Engagement (Laura Hammond).
  2. Ideally, the student will complete all required paperwork in advance of the start of their internship (e.g., the Internship Learning Contract and the (Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application), and meet with Rebecca Brown-Medvec, Assistant Director of Intercultural & International Student Services, in order to receive their I-20 for proper work authorization.
  3. Authorization will be completed in 24 hours.
  4. On their first day of work, the student will need to bring their authorized I-20, their passport, and social security card to prove their authorization and complete the I-9. If the student is paid, he/she will also need to fill out a W-4, which is slightly different for international students than those from the U.S.

Aside from the process outlined for internship registration, internship host sites will only need to complete the forms already required when hiring students from the U.S., namely the I-9 and any appropriate, tax related documents.

For more information about visa or international student-employment related questions, contact Rebecca Brown-Medvec , Assistant Director of Intercultural & International Student Services, at 320.363.5093.