ERIC Number: ED368257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
The Foreign Student Intern: Legal and Cultural Aspects.
Abar, Edwin J., Jr.
This conference presentation deals with legal and cultural concerns of having foreign students serve as interns at U.S. colleges and universities. The first issue discussed is whether the intern is to be paid, which requires compliance with many federal laws and regulations. Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, must be completed. Students enrolled in a college, university, conservatory, or seminary whose training program is "an integral part of an established curriculum" may apply to the Designated School Official for curricular practical training authorization, which is defined as an alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or other type of required internship or practicum offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school. Designated School Officials are advised to document rigorously the rationales for training authorizations required for a particular course or curricular track. Other regulations apply to Optional Practical Training situations. Five major cultural problem areas are then identified: working for no money, working for or with women, the faster pace of U.S. culture, foreign students who have not been recent students, and foreign interns who are older than nonforeign intern colleagues. The college's intern coordinator must be sensitive to these cultural differences, place foreign students in locations that are understanding of cultural differences, and brief foreign interns as to what is expected of them. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Speech Communications Association (Miami, FL, November 18-21, 1993).