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Prepare for Employment in the Multicultural Workplace

In a tight employment market, internships can open doors. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), only 19.7 percent of 2009 graduates who sought employment secured a job before graduation. Employers are filling fewer jobs and evaluating candidates more selectively than ever before. One approach to catch the eye of recruiters: participating in an undergraduate internship program. More than 95% of the employers surveyed by NACE preferred to hire new graduates with work experience.

CEA offers supervised, pre-professional learning experiences in which students apply their skills and knowledge in a professional setting under the mentorship of a supervisor. As an added value, CEA's placements support you in developing your intercultural competence and global leadership skills. In fact, the top traits sought by employers (relevant work experience, leadership, communication skills, strong work ethic, ability to work on a team, and initiative) are all fostered by an international internship.

CEA's mentored international Internship, Service Learning & Volunteer placements will help you:

  • Learn more about, and make contacts in, your chosen field
  • Explore international business culture
  • Identify and build upon your transferable skills
  • Strengthen your resume and your job interview skills

CEA's credit-bearing Internship and Service Learning options incorporate an academic component, designed to develop the cognitive, behavioral and affective skills you need to interpret and navigate the multicultural workplace. You will use current theoretical approaches to global competence, intercultural communication and global workplace culture to analyze your work experience and relate it to issues such as cultural identity and professional development.

Build your resume – and your global competence – through an international internship, Service Learning, or Volunteer placement. Discover what programs are available now and contact your Admissions Counselor today at 1-800-266-4441 to discuss your options.

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