Summer Job/Internship in New York City

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    Apr 02, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you have tips on how/where to get a summer job or internship in NY city.

    I know that the job market in the US is very difficult right now with all the lay-offs. But I was thinking, small jobs in hotels, restaurants, stores or with families..

    I will graduate in June, so I could intern as well. But since I am a business student I don't assume to find something very soon in the current climate.

    I am from the Netherlands and I am very flexible. So if you can propose something, or help me out with some good websites, I would very much appreciate that!

    (Meanwhile I am on google myself ;) )
  • dantoujours

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    Apr 03, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    Are you a U.S. citizen or do you have a work permit?

    Employers in the US are required to gather proof that you are legally authorized to work in the U.S. within 3 days of offering you employment. You'll need to provide a valid U.S. Social Security Card and state or federal identification, a U.S. Passport, or a non-U.S. passport with a work visa and a temporary U.S. Social Security Number. It's pretty rare for U.S. employers to simply offer jobs to non-U.S. residents because it is very expensive and time-consuming to do so. It can only be done if they can prove that they have tried and can't find a qualified American to fill the job first, and are willing to sponsor you.

    You may be able to find a job that pays you "under the table" (cash - no paperwork - no taxes) but those jobs tend to be low paying and can be in poor conditions. You'll be competing with the large labour pool of mostly Asian and Hispanic illegal immigrants and you'll be at the mercy of your employer (or anyone else) who can report you to the immigration service and get you deported. If you are deported you won't be able to re-enter the U.S. (and other countries that the U.S. exchanges information with: Canada, Australia, the UK, New Zealand and others) for 5 years.

    You'll also have to consider the high cost of living in New York City. The cost of housing, utilities and food is relatively high and taxes in NYC are the highest in the U.S. Finding accommodation in NYC is very competitive and one of the biggest hurdles to moving there. Housing in the outer boroughs (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens) and the suburbs of New Jersey can be cheaper than Manhattan, but will still be very high. You might see if you can find a roommate on Craig's list.

    You didn't mention any of this in your opening post, and you may have these hurdles taken care of, but it's not easy for non-U.S. residents to get work in the U.S. and New York City poses particular challenges.
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    Apr 11, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    Hey thank you so much for your elaborate answer!

    I've decided not to go this summer. I'll just wait till my masters.

    And to answer your question, I am neither a US citizen nor have I a work permit.

    It's a pity - but understandable of course - that in our global world, movement is so restricted.