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Professional Experience

Professional Experience Opportunities

As a student, you arrive with a purpose. You know you need more than just a good education to be competitive in the workplace, and are looking for something more than just a standard Study Abroad experience. Benefit from real work experience in an American workplace, which will give you an edge in the marketplace, not just in the U.S., but also back in your home county.

In today’s world, it is important that you have a knowledge of the global culture in order to launch your career and be successful. Companies all over the world are looking for professionals who have practical work experience in the U.S.

Join an American company, city government office, professional firm, non-profit organization, or other U.S. employer and apply what you learn.

UCR Postgraduate Internship

An internship gives you the opportunity to put your newly learned skills, knowledge, and experience to practical use with an organization in Southern California’s Inland Empire, or throughout the U.S.! This experience gives you first-hand knowledge of U.S. business practices and professional experience, to be competitive in the workforce or even on your graduate school application—all while continuing to earn academic credits.

 

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

After completing a diploma or certificate program, you may choose to continue your work experience through Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is work that is directly related to an F-1 student's major area of study. OPT provides you with practical experience in your field of study, upon completion of a program.

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