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Internships: A Bridge Between Sweden and the US. Working abroad, increasing one’s international experience as well as one’s network is an opportunity that is appealing and rewarding to many. The J-1 visa internship allows young professionals to take part of an international business environment. For member companies within the SACC network this model has proven to be successful in the purpose of taking advantage of talented young people that can contribute to their organization. The intern him-/herself can get an experience that provides a greater competitive advantage on the job market and deepen the understanding of American as well as international business. It is also an opportunity to expand your business network. ing for Specops Software in January 2012 and stayed at the company for a one year internship. Now going back to Sweden Erik says that the internship at Specops Software has helped him in many ways and given him valuable insight to the business world. Specops Software have also been very pleased with their intern throughout the year and also very much so with the J-1 visa arrangement. Tobias Öien, President at Specops Software, praises the program, saying “The internship program through SACC-USA is a great resource for Specops Software and has proven to be a valuable connection between our Swedish heritage and our American presence”. By using the J-1 visa the host company will not only gain a qualified intern with international perspective and experience, it will also gain the safety from having SACC-USA providing the service of the screening for the best fit candidate for the host company and the position. Above all this is a service that is easy to use for the host company and comes at a low cost. With assistance from SACC-USA all necessary documents will be easily handled and meet the criteria set by the U.S. Department of State. In the global society we live in today no business will be able to completely avoid being affected by the international business climate and having international perspective in the office will be highly beneficial to all businesses. Text: Carin Leeo David Engstrom, President of SACC-Philadelphia is a convinced spokesperson of the program: “This is not only a great opportunity for Swedish students, but also a tremendous one for businesses in the U.S. to increase their competitive advantage on the market”. “The internship program through SACC-USA is a great resource for Specops Software and has proven to be a valuable connection between our Swedish heritage and our American presence”. - Tobias Öien, President Specops Software. Specops Software, a member company of SACC-Philadelphia, has taken the opportunity to use interns in their business. Erik Fritzson, a former intern at SACCPhiladelphia, started workTobias Öien, President, Specops Software and Erik Fritzson, former intern were both highly satisfied with the internship. Page 36