In the College of Engineering, approximately 8% of undergraduate students and about 57% of graduate students are international students. These students represent numerous countries around the world and bring tremendous talent and diversity to the ISU campus and to the workplaces of many employers. About 35% of international students complete a co-op or internship while studying engineering at ISU and many others wish they had the opportunity to experience professional employment in the U.S.
When hiring an international student, employers experience no additional cost or paperwork and the process is the same as making any other college student hire. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the required paperwork and follow all related employment regulations. This information was prepared to help employers understand the benefits of and process for employing international students.
Benefits of Employing International Students
In addition to all of the common benefits of employing an ISU engineering student or alumnus, international students offer some unique benefits.
- They add an additional layer of diversity of thought to discussions and team projects.
- Their presence enriches the workplace as they share their experiences and stories from a different culture. This also helps to break down stereotypes.
- They can provide a global perspective and understanding of unfamiliar business cultures to facilitate growth in markets.
- They can use language skills to overcome communication challenges with global suppliers and/or customers.
- They are generally exempt from Social Security and Medicare contributions, which saves an organization money.
- They often become proponents of a company and supportive ambassadors of American culture when they visit their home countries.