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International Students - Getting Involved In and Around Tulane University

Make the most of your time at Tulane University and get involved outside of the classroom.  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*

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Ability to work in a team
  3. Communication skills (written)
  4. Problem-solving skills
  5. Communication skills (verbal)
  6. Strong work ethic
  7. Initiative
  8. Analytical/quantitative skills
  9. Flexibility/adaptability
  10. Technical skills

*Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers Job Outlook 2016 Survey


Student Groups

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.

Tulane Student Organizations - There are 100's of student organizations at Tulane, focused on areas in academics, professional development, hobbies, sports, music, culture, etc.   

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Volunteering is a great way for international students to gain skills, experience and give back to the community. Develop transferable skills by becoming an OISS International Student Advisory Board Member. Consider becoming a TUPal to support new international students.

Professional Associations

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 a Google search may yield many.