Did you know there is a way to hire talented professionals from Brazil without setting a single foot on Brazilian soil? Keep reading to learn more.
You may already know that the Brazilian government has created an audacious program called Science without Borders (CsF). The program was created in 2011 and aims to send 75K students to foreign colleges and universities over a period of four years.
What you may not know is that a number of these Brazilian students need to take part in a mandatory internship program in the countries they are visiting. This is great news if you are seeking skilled workers who are fluent in your language and Portuguese.
A step by step guide on how to find and hire Brazilian talent
The best way to have access to Brazilian talent is to get involved with the CsF program. Here’s how:
Find out if your country is participating in the CsF program. Here is a list of program partners: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, South Korea, Denmark, The US, Spain, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, The UK, The Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.
Look for the universities in your area which are hosting CsF students. For instance, if you are in British Columbia, search google for “British Columbia Science without Borders” or “British Columbia Ciencia sem Fronteiras” to find the program information for the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University
Contact the international liaison office at the educational institution. Learn more about their partnership with the CsF program. Ask about the type of students they are hosting and the areas these students are studying. Also, check if they are looking for internship opportunities and if there are any timelines you need to be aware of.
With all this information in mind, create a recruitment and selection process for an internship position and develop a job posting with the job requirements you have mind.
Promote your CsF internship posting by adding it to your website. Ask the university to broadcast this information to all its CsF students.
Consider promoting your posting in other locations. Being that CsF students are allowed to participate in internships outside their home university, consider broadcasting the posting to other universities in your country.
Depending on the skill level required for the position, consider using alumni associations, such as the Alumni Canada Brazil Network, to help spread the word.
Go through the selection process and chose the best candidate for the job. Call people for the interview and hire the best candidate you find. There are a lot of smart, ambitious students in Brazil. Don’t settle for average candidates, hire the best person you can find!
Once the internship is over, keep the student’s contact information in Brazil handy. Csf students need, by obligation, to be back to Brazil for a certain period of time once the program is over. I am sure if the experience was successful, they may be very interested in continuing to work with you in Brazil, Canada or elsewhere. Keep that in mind.
Benefits of hiring Brazilian talent through the Science without Borders Program
Although the internship may last a short period of time, there are some great advantages of piggybacking on the CsF program. Here are a few, just to help you think about it.
You may get a talented professional from Brazil for free. Some CsF scholarships will cover the costs, providing a stipend to the co-op student while they work for you.
If you have any plans of doing business in Brazil, this is a great start to understand the Brazilian culture and to establish connections in the country.
You will have someone who understands both cultures on your team. This person can be extremely valuable to navigate through the problems you may face in Brazil as well as to communicate with your team.
The student will eventually go back to Brazil and be a trustworthy contact there. If that person does a great job, you may want to deepen the relationship with them and re-hire them back in Brazil.
These are my tips for hiring a Brazilian professional without traveling to Brazil. If you have any tips and challenges for hiring Brazilians, please don’t hesitate to share them. It would be great to hear from you.
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