Author Tanya McTavish

Diverse teams are most successful [STUDY]

Research shows that diverse teams do more than simply offer new ideas, they trigger more rigorous debate and processing of information. Katherine Phillips, an associate professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, and her coauthors, Katie A. Liljenquist, an assistant professor at Brigham Young University, and Margaret A. Neale, a professor

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Life of a global nomad

Last week, during my search of pin-worthy material for IIUSA, I accidentally came across the term perfectly defining who I am. I am what they call a “third culture kid”, also known as the global nomad. It is not surprising then that I bonded with Ramon, a global nomad in his own right, and asked

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How to host an intern: 7 ways for your company to host interns and trainees

Are you a business looking to find out how to host an intern from abroad? Here are seven tips from IIUSA on how to host international interns. Be a great host company for our J1 interns and trainees, and we’ll keep sending excellent candidates your way! Be clear on rules and regulations, especially arrival times,

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J1 intern story: “Without my experience abroad, I wouldn’t have gotten my current job.”

Here’s another J1 intern story. Meet Kristina. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living? I’m from Belarus, and I’m currently part of the communications team at the British Embassy in Minsk. Why did you decide to take part in the J1 training program? I was

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Happy 2014!

Welcome to 2014, also known as the Year of the Wood Horse. This year, we resolve to take good care of those of you already training in the States. We are excited to meet new international candidates and continue to make great internships happen. Happy 2014 and best wishes from the IIUSA team!

American giving – 25 ways to get involved, give back and learn

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, eating, shopping… It’s so American to spend one’s free time being an uber-consumer. It’s a cultural experience that you must take part in at least once during your J1 internship program. But did you also know about American giving, the powerful spirit of volunteerism and the pay it forward culture of

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J1 intern story: “There’s more to learn after school”

Here’s another great J1 intern story. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I graduated from an international business school with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and started my own company. I put up a travel agency since travelling has been one of my passions in life. I have always been fascinated with other

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