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Singaporeans in US face hiring slump

Internship hard to come by, as 'extra barrier' of work visas makes international students unattractive to companies

Published on Mar 16, 2014 9:37 AM

Ms Anthea Piong, a master's student at Georgetown University, is looking for an internship that may open doors to a job when she graduates next year. But even an internship is not easy to come by.

The 24-year-old Singaporean public policy student says that "from experience, friends who are citizens here have a much easier time".

Although the United States labour market has shown signs of improvement - positive job growth, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 per cent last month - it is still more difficult for college graduates to get jobs now than in the past.

"The situation has improved somewhat, but we are in a pretty bad state," says Mr Rory O'Sullivan, policy and research director of Young Invincibles, a non-profit dedicated to expanding the opportunities of young Americans.

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