International Students - Getting Involved In and Around Berkeley
In addition to relevant education, internships and job experiences, US employers also value well-rounded students with extracurricular activities and leadership experiences. Getting involved can result in gaining transferable skills that you can use in your career field of interest.
As you explore various ways to get involved, consider the Top 10 Qualities Employers Seek in Job Candidates and see which ones you would like to develop and which activities would give you opportunities to grow in those areas:
|Top 10 Qualities Employers Seek in Job Candidates*|
|*Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers Job Outlook 2016 Survey|
Be intentional about the activities you become involved with and remember that quality is more important than quantity. For example, holding a leadership position in 1 or 2 activities may be more valuable than being a general member in several different groups.
- UC Berkeley Student Organizations - There are more than 1300 student organizations at Cal, focused on areas in academics, professional development, hobbies, sports, music, culture, etc. With so many organizations to choose from, it can be an overwhelming process to find an organization right for you. The LEAD Center staff are available to assist in guiding you in the process if you’d like a consultation.
Volunteering is a great way for international students to gain skills, experience and give back to the community. It is also a helpful way to get hands-on experience to try out certain types of positions and work environments.
- The UC Berkeley Public Service Center can guide you to many ways you can get involved on campus and around the Berkeley community. Explore the Students section to see various programs, service groups and volunteer activities. Be sure to check out the volunteer search engines, Cal2action and VolunteerMatch.
- Develop transferable skills by becoming a Berkeley International Office (BIO) volunteer to support new and current international students through various programs and events. You can become a Peer Mentor, Global Student Ambassador, or Orientation Leader!
Getting involved in professional associations is a fantastic way to learn more about career fields, find out about employment opportunities and network with other students and professionals in the field. There are many professional associations out there and the Career Center has compiled a selection of them by career fields. Select a career field of interest, then select “Student & Professional Organization.” A Google search may yield additional organizations.