Therefore, I have spent a significant amount of time creating a free internship program for French students. This is the first year we are offering the program and I am so excited to meet the students we have selected in the next coming weeks. The program offers opportunities for students to learn and experience the world of events and event management. The internships let students learn all the different aspects of how to run an event and promote it.
I interviewed the French applicants over Skype and selected the students who will be participating in the program. There are some terrific candidates who just needed the opportunity to come over here and I am so excited Seagull Institute is able to provide this program for them.
However, through developing this program, I began to realize there was a large cultural obstacle between the French students and the American job market. The way a resume, cover letter or personal statement are written and presented in the U.S. is different than how the French students are being taught in school. Also, students did not realize the competition is very high and that they would be competing against American students for these internships as well.
Therefore, I decided to step in and offer my help to the students we selected. Because of my French background, I was able to understand where the students were coming from and help them rewrite their resumes. Some students had their pictures, ages and martial statuses on their resumes. I helped them refine their applications and resumes so they were appropriate for American employers to review. Then, those top candidates I selected and helped were able to use me as a reference when they spoke to the partner companies we work with through the internship program.
When I got selected to intern at the Chicago Marathon it changed my life and so I know what a difference it will make to these students who get to come intern in the U.S. This is just another way I can give back and help students.
For more information about our internship program, please visit seagull-institute.org.