The International Student Organization (ISO) has launched a new career development program that provides support and networking experiences for international students.
Yale Daily News
The International Student Organization has launched a series of panels to provide support to international students who are meeting the challenges of finding jobs and internships in the United States.
The panels feature Yale alumni ranging from recent graduates to experts who have worked in the United States for decades now. After the three-part series wraps up next week, ISO plans to continue hosting more activities so international students have a chance to learn more about the US job market, how to apply to jobs and network with former students.
“These panels provide students with the opportunity to gain insight into former Yale international students facing similar challenges and to see how the job market works in the United States,” said ISO President, Anna Dei Rossi ’24.
The first roundtable took place remotely on April 14 and featured six international Yale alumni who currently work in consulting and finance in the United States. Angeliki Vogiatzoglou ’25 told The News that she was glad to have attended the panel and to have received advice from so many “young but accomplished.”
The second session took place last Thursday. The session followed a similar structure and schedule to the first session, but this time focusing on jobs in academia in the United States. The final session will take place next week and will feature panelists from across the tech sector.
“I think events so far have been extremely illuminating – international students face many challenges while at Yale and after, many of which our American peers may not be aware of,” said Alex Yu ’25 .
Yu said international students face additional pressures that their American peers don’t when looking for jobs.
Dei Rossi also pointed out that international students face additional hurdles when seeking employment in the United States, such as obtaining visas, securing bank loans, and finalizing travel clearance. work through hands-on training programs.
“Most international students who hope to work in the United States after college must apply for corporate visa sponsorship, which can be difficult to find and is usually only offered by large companies,” said Yu. “The advice from these graduates – most of whom graduated only a few years ago – inspired and encouraged us, showing us that barriers can be broken down.”
Dei Rossi said ISO plans to host more panels next semester, in addition to other speaker events, which can help international students develop their careers. She also discussed the possibility of building initiatives with other universities with the aim of establishing a network specifically for international students.
Eesha Bodapati ’25, an international student, found the panels inspiring and relevant.
“The diversity of speakers, as well as the fact that the panels included both senior alumni who had been in the industry for several years, as well as younger alumni who were just getting started, gave me a clear sense of the how I can navigate my career path in the United States and has given me food for thought as I plan my future,” Bodapati said.
The International Student Organization has over 800 members.