Basma Aiouche ( Cl 214) is an Arts et Metiers and MIT alumna. 

Here is her Monday Advice #4 to A&M students (enrolled in "parcours US" program):

When you have your embassy appointment to obtain your F1 student visa ( or J1 if you are going to pursue an internship in the US) ,  do not take any electronic device bigger than your phone. You will not be able to enter the embassy with other electonic devices but your cell phone.

Basma Aiouche full Louis Magne report (you need to sign up first): https://americanfriendsam.org/shasta-internship/shasta-2-0-for-students/student-reports.html

Resources for parcours US students:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B8M77gmEUbv0S1FNOVZ6OGsyQ28


AFAM:
 Hello Christophe and thank you for finding time in your busy schedule for this short interview. You have already had several interns gadz’arts in your company. Please let us know what advantages do you see in taking Arts et Metiers students as interns?

Christophe:

Yes, we have had 4 gadz'arts in the last 8 years. Gadz'arts have great training, usually adapt easily and have a very pragmatic approach to problem solving. Also, interns usually bring fresh view on business process which is often needed to allow operations growth.

 

AFAM: All the students who worked as interns in your company had to obtain a J1 visa. Some companies are very reluctant to take J1 interns (to read more about J1 visa, you can visit our website). What would you tell to an engineer willing to take a J1 intern but being afraid to apply for a J1 visa for him/her?

Christophe:

Correct, interns are on J1 visa. We didn't take any interns at the beginning of the pandemic when the US embassy was closed but we had two interns in the last 6 months that could get their visa very quickly. So hopefully, things get back to normal as to interns visa.

 

AFAM: did COVID-19- related situation influence a lot your decision this year to take a J1 intern?

Christophe:

Not really, since we're selling online, we haven't been affected by COVID at business level. It was more related to activities at the us embassy in Paris who emits the visa.

 

AFAM: anything else you would like to advice to a company who is about/would like to hire an international student holding a J1 visa?

Christophe:

I think companies should always bring fresh, outside view to their business process. My main advice would be to well define the subject of the internship and the tasks for the intern so the experience can be beneficial for both the intern and the company. And also provide enough support to the intern so he can fulfill his mission. 

 

AFAM: thank you very much for your answers to our questions! We hope that more companies will be open to J1 programs and welcome more international students ( obviously, including our gadz’arts).

 

As a reminder, Shasta internship program is open to all Arts et Metiers students! Contact us to be a part of it! 

If you are a company and want to hire an intern, please read our Shasta for Companies page

You can also find some useful information concerning J1 visa on our website

 

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Basma Aiouche ( Cl 214) is an Arts et Metiers and MIT alumna. 

Here is her Monday Advice #3 to A&M students (enrolled in "parcours US" program):

You will need 3 recommendation letters for each application to American Universities. In all letters, a person who will recommend you, will need to mention the program and the university you’re applying to. All the letters should be customized and not repetitive. Please spend some time with a person who agreed to recommend you to discuss the content of the letter.

Basma Aiouche's full Louis Magne report is available on our website (you need to sign up first): https://americanfriendsam.org/shasta-internship/shasta-2-0-for-students/student-reports.html

Basma Aiouche is an Arts et Metiers and MIT alumna. 

Here is her Monday advice #2 to A&M students (enrolled in "parcours US" program):

While getting ready your university applications, you can try contact university professors, to ensure that they know you. You can try to find a summer internship (between A1 and A2) in the lab before your parcours US year. You can contact professors by email asking smart questions about their research, classes or admission procedure. But please never ask evident questions, you can normallu easily find answers on the internet. Asking evident questions can only harm you in your application process!

Basma Aiouche's full Louis Magne report is available on our website (you need to sign up first): https://americanfriendsam.org/shasta-internship/shasta-2-0-for-students/student-reports.html

 

Monday advice #1 to A&M students by Basma Aiouche ( Cl 214)

You are going to study in the US! How to finance your master?

To find financing for your studies, you might have different options. Do not hesitate to explore some/all of them:

  • Bourses Louis Magne (around 12000 euros)
  • Fellowships offered by your university (around $10000 dollars)
  • Fulbright Grants
  • Regional grants in France
  • Social grants (on social criteria)
  • Companies’ sponsorships
  • 0% loans provided by SOCE (up to $3000)
  • Bank loans
  • Research assistantship (only for MS and PhD)
  • Teacher assistantship (only for MS and PhD)
  • Grading papers (around 13$/hour)

Basma Aiouche's full Louis Magne report is available on our website (you need to sign up first): https://americanfriendsam.org/shasta-internship/shasta-2-0-for-students/student-reports.html