I am a Bosnian student living (and being born) in German, yet I didn't want to get the German citizenship. Currently I am studying computer science and mathematics nearing my Bachelor's degree. In my opinion, every student who is in contact with IT should at least participate in one or more internships, so the time has come to decide where I want to gather my first real life experiences. Luckily I am working on a project related to Microsoft and even established friendships with some of our Microsoft Student Partners. In the end I have applied here in Germany for the Student Partner program which could be my way to Microsoft themselves. Therefore I decided to apply for an internship in Redmond, WA, and looking for many hints and tips what to take care of.
First of all, German cover letters and resumes are completely different than American ones, not only considering that the paper format (dimensions, etc.) is different, but the content has to be completely different. So my first question considering my situation would be the following: Are there any important things I should keep in mind considering the general contents of such a letter? Which format does it have to be, even if I am going to send it via mail?
Furthermore I am thinking about the bureaucracy that will be necessary - are there any general rules what I have to do, once they actually think about chosing me, e.g. visa, employment permit, taxes and salary?
And one last question about an issues which makes me uncomfortably: Though I understand English perfectly - no matter whether text or speech - my pronounciation is weird and my vocabulary is limited when it comes to composing texts or general smalltalk. I do not speak English every day and in school we didn't learn much, therefore I want to know whether there are any suggestions how to handle this issue without losing the chance to get the job. Should I be honest and tell this right away or should I just ignore this?
In the end, I am so sorry that this is more a casual collection of vague questions yet I would like to thank everyone for useful contributions.