5 Ways to Make International Student Interns Feel at Home

5 Ways to Make International Student Interns Feel at HomeFor college students on the job search in a tough economy, internships are often the best way to work toward landing a full-time position. According to Forbes, 69 percent of companies that have more than 100 employees offered full-time positions to their interns during the 2011-2012 school year. Nearly every college student understands that internships are essentially just a long interview, after which they hope to receive a job offer.

For international students studying in the U.S. under an F1 visa, landing a full-time position is crucial, as the visa only allows unemployed graduates to stay in the country for 12 months post-graduation. Here are five ways to make your international student interns feel welcome, at home and comfortable in your office.

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Guest Post: Can Interns Really Boost Your Business?

Finding the perfect employee for your small business can leave you caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. You want to hire a candidate who is enthusiastic and a good fit for the position and prepared to work hard. But your budget may not allow you to pay them more beyond hourly wage or provide the full set of full time hours that they want.

Meanwhile, your current staff can’t cope with the extra work, and having an extra pair of hands would be more than welcome. So what is the solution? Continue reading

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How To Say Goodbye to a Good Employee

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye! The Sound of Music certainly made it seem easy to say goodbye if you use a jaunty little tune to accompany your adieu, but the reality is often very different when a beloved employee is moving on from their current job position to another place for various reasons. They might be retiring. Maybe they need to relocate for family or for a bigger salary. They might even be an intern who finished up the semester and is planning to intern at another position afterward.

No matter what the case, you can’t help but feel the sad sentiment creep up inside of you. You worked alongside this person on projects and deadlines and bonded over silly inside joke emails and group meetings. You probably got lunch together at some point and maybe even hung out outside of the office. They were a stable and dependable part of your life- and the business. That employee brought their own special touch to help aid the company in an invaluable way and ultimately left behind an imprint on your life and most likely the lives of others in the office who worked with them. Continue reading

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