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Networking for Success: How International Students Can Secure Internships & Jobs at Mosaic’s 2024 Job Fair 
networking for success how international students can secure internships & jobs at mosaic’s 2024 job fair 

Networking for Success: How International Students Can Secure Internships & Jobs at Mosaic’s 2024 Job Fair 

As an international student, the journey to finding and securing internships, jobs and co-ops can feel daunting. It can be tough for international students to juggle visa regulations and cultural differences in an unfamiliar country. However, with the right strategy and resources, international students can find meaningful internship and career opportunities. In this article we will introduce a few steps that international students can take to seek employment or find the perfect internship. We will also discuss Mosaic’s 2024 Job Fair which is an opportunity for international students to network, and meet employers in the Canadian job market. 

Understanding Visa Regulations and Work Eligibility

Before diving into the job and internship search, it’s crucial for international students to understand the visa regulations governing their ability to work. Regulations vary from country to country, so it’s essential to consult with your university’s international student office or immigration authorities to ensure you understand the specific regulations.

In Canada, international students are currently allowed to work part-time during the academic year (20 hours/week) and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as summer break, or winter break (check with your institution). However, restrictions may apply, particularly regarding the type of work allowed, and internship/co-op opportunities must often be directly related to the student’s field of study. 

Exploring Job Boards & Attending Job Fairs 

There are numerous online platforms and job boards dedicated to connecting students with future employers. Websites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Internships.com are excellent starting points for discovering internship listings.

When searching online, use specific keywords related to your field of study or industry to narrow down your options. Don’t hesitate to reach out to recruiters directly or apply to positions even if they don’t explicitly mention sponsorship for international students (companies may sponsor visas for highly qualified candidates). 

Job fairs are networking opportunities where many employers set up tables to discuss their employment opportunities with attendees. Attending job fairs can allow you to discover the wide range of available careers/internships offered, while also acting as a resource to improve your interview skills. 

Mosaic is offering a free job fair on May 14th 2024, where students will have the perfect opportunity to interact with potential employers and find a job or internship that matches their career goals. Job seekers wishing to attend this job fair must register here. To learn more about the exhibitors that will be attending the 2024 Job Fair click here

Networking and Building Connections

Networking plays a crucial role in the internship search process, particularly for international students who may face additional challenges. Attend industry events and workshops to meet professionals in your field and learn about internship opportunities. Join professional associations and student clubs related to your field to expand your network further.

Utilize online networking platforms like LinkedIn to connect with alumni, professionals, and recruiters. Don’t be afraid to reach out and request informational interviews to learn more about potential opportunities and gain insights into the industry.

Adapt Application Materials 

When applying for internships, it’s essential to tailor your application materials to the specific requirements of each position. Customize your resume and cover letter to highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and achievements. Emphasize international experiences, language proficiency, cross-cultural communication skills, and adaptability.

Ensure that your application materials are error-free and culturally appropriate. Seek feedback from professors, career advisors, or native speakers to refine your documents. Pay attention to formatting and language conventions that may differ from those in your home country.

Check out our past article on job interview example questions to see some common interview questions, and example answers. 

Securing internships as an international student requires persistence, resilience, and strategic planning. Start early, leverage university resources, explore online platforms, network actively, attend job fairs, and tailor your application materials to stand out to potential employers. Be proactive in seeking out opportunities and don’t be discouraged by rejections—each application is an opportunity to learn and grow.
Sources: Mosaic Job Fair, Canada to introduce new rules for off campus work, International Student Co-op & Internship Regulations

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