Landing a Job around the World
Georgia Tech is known for encouraging students’ career development. The Institute hosts several career fairs over the course of a year, including general, major, and internship and co-op-focused career fairs. Now, a new variation of the career fair has been created — the Global Internship Fair.
Tech will host its first Global Internship Fair on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
In the past, the Global Internship Fair was part of the Study Abroad Fair that occurred in October; as the number of companies and students participating in global internships grew, though, the Office of International Education (OIE) found that a separate fair was necessary.
“Student participation in global internships at Tech has increased by about 55 percent in the past few years, so we wanted to have a special event to connect students with employers and resources surrounding global internships,” said Jennifer Baird, director of the Global Internship Program and International Plan at Georgia Tech.
Who Should Attend
Undergraduate and graduate students, from all majors, interested in working overseas are encouraged to attend. Baird said, “everyone is welcome to attend the fair. Students can stop by in between classes or whenever their schedule allows.”
Baird said the Global Internship Fair is unlike any other Tech career fairs.
“This event is multifaceted, featuring opportunities for global internships along with resources that explain exactly how global internships work,” she said.
Tech students who have participated in global internships can attend the fair to recount their experiences and answer questions. The fair will also include virtual presentations from overseas companies that were unable to attend the fair in person.
How to Get the Job
Students interested, but possibly overwhelmed, by the idea of a global internship are encouraged to attend the fair to understand what work looks like in another culture and to see that global internships are a real possibility for Tech students.
“Applying for a global internship is not unlike applying for a job within the United States,” Baird said. “What makes it difficult is that students are competing on a global scale. Luckily, Georgia Tech has a good reputation globally, so students are competitive for these roles.”
After getting the job, the Office of International Education assists students with the preparation involved in working overseas, including cultural preparation, obtaining a visa for the country in which they will be working, and registering for the international internship course. “Students pursuing global internships are not alone. OIE is available to help students throughout the process.”
At the Fair
Participants are encouraged to dress in business casual and bring copies of their resume. There is no need to register in advance, but students should bring a BuzzCard for check-in.
For general tips on career fair preparation and how to stand out at a fair, visit this guide.