Marketing Your International Experience

Whether you have lived, interned, studied, or volunteered abroad, you have demonstrated these skills:

  • Adaptability
  • Appreciation for diversity and other perspectives
  • Community building
  • Conflict and/or crisis management
  • Creativity
  • Foreign culture and/or language competency
  • Knowledge of international issues and politics
  • Independence, initiative, and self-reliance
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Motivation, drive, and perseverance
  • Open-mindedness
  • Organization and time management
  • Problem-solving
  • Self confidence

Be Memorable by Displaying Your International Experience Effectively:

  1. Reflect upon your experience and review the skills you enhanced
    • Professional growth
    • Personal development
    • Knowledge gained
  2. Connect this experience to characteristics that employers/graduate schools seek in their candidates
  3. Utilize these accomplishments in your updated resume/elevator pitch

Be Intentional When Connecting Your International Experiences.

Practice answering interview questions related to your experience:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to think on your feet to come to a decision quickly.
    • What are the top three lessons you learned?
    • How did this experience change your life?

The USC Career Center is proud to provide access to Interstride, an interactive career platform designed by international students to enhance the career exploration and job-search experience for international students.