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Pocket Guide to Career Guidance Across the Global Network

Learn more about the career centers and guidance available at each of NYU’s global study away sites.

Are you interested in getting an internship of part-time job while studying around NYU’s Global Network? OCA asks NYU Shanghai students about their experience getting career guidance and counseling at different study abroad locations.


Abu Dhabi

By Jantima Samboonsong

Similar to NYU New York’s Wasserman and NYU Shanghai’s Career Development Center (CDC), the CDC at NYU Abu Dhabi is an amazing resource for students to prepare for life after graduation.

The CDC provides professional guidance and information to students exploring career fields, seeking out the best job opportunities both in the UAE and internationally, as well as those preparing for graduate school.

The CDC offers a variety of different information and services in the following fields

  • Career Exploration
  • CV’s and Cover Letters
  • Interview Preparation
  • Networking Strategy
  • Professional and Graduate School Advising
  • Job and Internship Search
  • Global Awards

NYU Abu Dhabi’s CareerNet and the student portal are the easiest way to browse NYUAD’s career resources. From this website, you can gain access to all the CDC has to offer. You can browse and RSVP to info sessions held on campus, as well as apply to internships and jobs through the CareerNet network. Moreover, you can participate in OCR, the “On Campus Recruitment” program, to meet and interview with recruiters representing prestigious international companies across various fields. This is especially helpful for those applying for summer internships or full-time positions.

The CDC also hosts a handful of career-related events throughout the semester. Events from ‘Dining Etiquette’ to ‘Networking Nights’ are all offered through the CDC.

All in all, I would say that the CDC at NYU Abu Dhabi is one of the most resourceful across the GNU. Not only that, but they can provide individualized information and guidance that suits your needs and interests.


Accra

By Stephanie Ulan

NYU Accra hosts Career Week usually the same time as NYU New York, and connects the students to webinars in New York such as those about resumes, cover letters, and interview. The NYU Accra team also constantly keeps the students updated about available opportunities via email, such as the Global Leaders Scholar Program, and gets representatives from different fields to five presentations e.g. Peace Corps. In Spring 2016, we also visited the US embassy for an informative session on careers in foreign services.


Berlin

By Cato van Schaik

NYU Berlin is one of the GNU smaller sites, attracting a variety of students looking to master what it means to be German kool whilst studying abroad. The city’s status as a modern art heaven, environmental frontrunner, and generally young place might make it attractive to students hoping to land an internship within the magical German system that actually pays their interns (shockingly, German law believes labour cannot be free).

Although NYU Berlin is small in size and does not have a formal career center, it does host a Global Career Week – organized by Wasserman Center for Career Development in New York in collaboration with site staff. The week aims to aid students with job searches, networking, and narrating their ‘global story’ for professional purposes as well as providing the usual CDC resume help. In addition, NYU Berlin hosts career related campus events throughout the semester, one of which is an alumni lunch with former NYU Berlin students. Their most valuable resource might be NYU Berlin’s professors, who are very willing to help students find a place to intern – so choose your courses carefully and be in touch with your professors.

Per semester, around 10% of the NYU Berlin students complete internships as part of their academic curriculum, i.e. via the Internship Course or Experiential Learning II (a GLS course). According to Linn Friedrichs, the Assistant Director of Student Life, “another 10% are engaged in community work, volunteering, or internship”, but this figure varies per semester.

One thing to note is that most jobs and internships will require some knowledge of the German language, however especially the ever-growing tech and start-up scene is welcoming to foreigners whose Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut.


Buenos Aires

By Puja Chandramohan

Being a much smaller university than New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, NYU Buenos Aires relies heavily on the efforts of a compact group of Student Life staff members constantly working in collaboration with department officials in New York while at the same time striving to make study abroad experiences (both academically and socially) worthwhile. If students need academic or career advice, it is not difficult to reach out to advisors in their portal campuses, however, many have found this unnecessary as NYUBA has proven to be quite resourceful. Internships are a highly recommended extracurricular activity for admitted students as a way of integrating into Argentine culture and business practices and fall under two categories: the for-credit internship and the volunteer & community service programs. The for-credit internship program helps to arrange students’ placement with a local organization (with an expected commitment of at least 10 hours per week) and convenes a required weekly seminar, for a total of 4 credits. The Volunteer & Community Service Program is open to all students, not for credit, and generally requires less of a time commitment than the formal internship program but, likewise, requires a substantial language proficiency level and work experience. Sarah Grace Dilick, a Junior from the New York campus, outlined the general process:

“Truly, applying for an internship through the school was much easier than any other job or intern application I have ever done. The school did most of the work apart from me writing my application and resume. They set up all the interviews and communicated with the organizations before our arrival in Buenos Aires. Throughout the semester they have also been very diligent about checking in with us about the jobs”.

Staff members accompany students every step of the way if they display any interest in volunteering or interning with local organizations.

After the initial application, there are two interviews that students do over Skype, one to observe the student’s level of Spanish, and one to discuss the student’s interests and which internships would fit those interests. After these interviews, the staff sends the applications and resumes to the internships that has been deemed the best fit for the students (with said student’s consent). Students seem to be quite pleased with the results after working with staff members as communication seems to be quite clear and immediate.


Florence

By Allison Chesky

One of the major benefits to NYU Florence is the La Pietra Dialogues program, which hosts talks throughout the semester on various topics, sometimes held by big shots like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Students are able to apply to paid internships through the La Pietra Dialogues program and volunteer for this program as well. Some on-campus employment positions are offered, such as in the Office of Student Life or Office of Academic Support. Students studying abroad through the Global Liberal Studies major their junior year are required to have an internship, so some opportunities are available off campus. However, off-campus internships and working opportunities are hard to find without a firm grasp of Italian.


London

By Stephanie Bailey

Around the start of junior year, I think it’s quite typical to have a ‘what the hell am I going to do after I graduate?’ freakout. You are closer to ending your degree than you are to the start – and that’s hella scary. But it’s ok if you end up in NYU London and at the forefront of an ‘I’m so artsy now, I’m going to have to work in Starbucks for the rest of my life’ meltdown, they’ve got a bunch of resources to help you (and your faux-tortured soul). We participated in Global Careers Week at the start of the semester, which included an on-campus recruitment fair and individual career counselling appointments (with a counsellor who flew in from New York), as well as specific panels and events. There is an internship scheme in London which is pretty cool, but it has to be applied for in advance of arrival so you get the correct visa. If you don’t fancy the formal internship scheme, there are a lot of volunteering options put in place (information is provided during orientation and throughout the semester). Further resources and answers to questions are always available in ‘The Student Hub’ in the main academic centre. Good luck!


Madrid

By Leon Zhu

NYU Madrid does not have a career center, and opportunities like internships or volunteer work can require a Spanish level of intermediate or above. However, NYU Madrid also offers an internship field course, like other NYU study away sites in Europe, that is four credits and allows the student to count an internship for a class. The class also, however, requires intermediate Spanish or above.


New York

By Katie-Rose Nunziato

NYU’s New York campus hosts multiple programs and events throughout the semester to help students find jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Several times a year, the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development holds career fairs catered to certain student interests, such as public health, non-profit work, and business. The Wasserman Center also serves as a resource for career coaching (e.g. mock interviews, connecting with a mentor in your field), reviewing resumes and CV’s, and networking with other businesses or organizations. International students are able to take advantage of career services at the Wasserman Center alongside the Office of Global Service’s visa and immigration services. The University also offers conversational programs for graduate students and English language training for students who use English as their second language. Finally, the NYU CareerNet site allows for students to look through the many job offerings listed on the portal and to sign up for Wasserman Center seminars and events.


Paris

By Dana Meyers

Thanks to the interconnected nature of all of NYU’s study away sites (thank you GNU!), there are many helpful career resources at NYU Paris, both online and in person. The Paris campus participates in a program which places students in internships, given that students apply and are accepted to the program before arriving in Paris. These internships also require participation in a four-credit seminar course. For students looking for other internship or career guidance, NYU Paris recently finished its participation in Global Career Week, which gave students the options to connect to talks and seminars at other sites. We also have access to two super-friendly Wasserman global ambassadors this semester, who have held tabling sessions to help students learn about Career Week events and go over resumes and cover letters. For any other questions, Joanne Garce-Rodriguez is the Wasserman Liaison for Paris; she is an excellent resource regarding all things career-, internship-, or Wasserman-related.


Prague

By Richard Zhao

NYU Prague holds an internship fair each semester during orientation. The staff team sends out a directory of organizations that will be present at the fair beforehand so students have plenty of time to do some research. Opportunities range from business, politics, development to marketing, education and film. Students are asked to send their cover letter and resume to one of the staff members before the fair for purposes of documentation and coordination. At the meeting, you will get a chance to interact with internship mentors from these organizations in person. In general, I would not describe the process as exceptionally hard or strenuous. Most organizations have a high demand for interns and are also very friendly towards internationals. It might be noteworthy that all internships are unpaid.


Sydney

By Sandra Kohn

In Sydney there’s a 4-credit internship class you can take which includes a weekly 3-hour class plus about 15 hours a week at your internship. Once you’re in the class they will match you up with an internship in your field, but I believe that there isn’t a vast variety. There are certainly local internship and part-time job opportunities if you seek for them on sites like Craigslist, Gumtree.com, Time Out Sydney etc. NYU Sydney requires students to have a Working Holiday Visa, which will allow you to work, although many food and beverage jobs prefer you to have previous experience. They also demand enough hours to detract from your time to travel irregularly or explore the city. You can speak to any of the professors or administrators about getting an internship in a certain field; the staff at NYU Sydney is very helpful and nice. My friend who took the class interned twice a week with an environmental agency and it seemed pretty casual, while maintaining interesting and rewarding work for her and a good opportunity to understand the city in a different light more meaningful to her major.


Tel Aviv

By Amy Zhao

NYU Tel Aviv provides adequate amounts of opportunities for on field internships and volunteer experience. Since it is a small student body, everyone has the equal access to career ambassador very easily. Not only could students experience the work life and have the chance to dive into local community, students could also build good and reliable relations with NYU Alumni during NYU Alumni event which happened during NYU Tel Aviv career week. NYU Tel Aviv career week consisted with different events catered for the needs of students from different years. Resume workshops, graduate school researches and other events were all very informative and pragmatic. In NYU Tel Aviv, most students have internships or required to have certain work related experience. Therefore the student body are very much familiar with the working environment in Tel Aviv and most importantly, the access to internship guidance in NYU Tel Aviv is very effective no matter ambassador or faculty.

Career Week in NYU Tel Aviv is very unique and very helpful based on student feedbacks. It is very different from other NYU Sites since students and career mentors are in a more intimate environment and it is very easy to apply what we learnt in career week into use due to the reason most of us are in the work/internship field already.


Washington DC

By Isabella Farr

NYU Washington DC has a wide variety of career tools and resources available for students. As they encourage all students to obtain an internship during their semester in DC, they provide students with an extensive list of organizations with internship openings. For example, last year, Global Leadership Scholars in DC were given a spreadsheet of contact names, emails, and organizations that were looking for interns. These organizations ranged from U.S. Senate positions to the Department of Justice, to Smithsonian Institution, to the Council on Foreign Relations. However, in every case, the student is responsible for creating a resume, writing their cover letters, and applying for the position. In cases where students could not find an internship, they had the opportunity to reach out to the Director of External Affairs, Tom McIntyre. Mr. McIntyre then works with local institutions and organizations to find students an appropriate internship.

In addition to internship resources, the NYU Washington DC mentorship program is another path available for students to connect with NYU alumni working in the DC area. Students elect to participate in the program — and it is mandatory for all Global Leadership Scholars — and are matched with a mentor. Mentors are placed with students according to interest. For example, if a student is looking to apply to law school, they may be matched with a Counsel to the Attorney General. The mentorship program is an excellent resource for students looking to network and meet NYU alumni working in the DC area.

 


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