MISSION & OVERVIEW
International Students should plan to meet with the Global Education Office before they embark on an internship or job search. Counselors and advisors tailor the plan to each student’s individual situation. The Center for Career Development and the GEO work closely and collaborate to bring useful information and resources to support our vibrant International Community.
THE FOLLOWING IS A GUIDELINE - VISIT THE GEO
Employment for International Students
F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year, but may accept on-campus employment subject to certain conditions and restrictions. There are various programs available for F-1 students to seek off-campus employment, after the first academic year. F-1 students may engage in three types of off-campus employment, after they have been studying for one academic year. These three types of employment are:
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) (pre-completion or post-completion)
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT)
(Source uscis.gov )
Tips for International Students Seeking Internships
Define your Internship:
- START EARLY
- Seek assistance from the Career Center/your Academic Advisor to discuss resources to find the right internship for you.
- If you are seeking a CPT, you are eligible to get paid.
- Make sure that the internship is related to your major and you can enroll in it for academic credit.
- You can get an unpaid internship for which CPT is not required.
- Your International Students Advisor will help you navigate the technicalities of USCUS guidelines.
- Follow up with your ISC to make sure you are fulfilling all the technicalities to be in F1 status.
Gather application materials
- As an international student, you may not have had a chance to gather employment related experience to build a solid resume.
- Plan ahead and getting involved in student activities is very important to enhance communication skills and understand American work culture.
- Gather together a work portfolio, writing samples etc.
Plan, Practice and Execute
- Target a geographical area
- Find out from college resources who might be working in the company you are targeting.
- Find a mentor when you start your internship.
- Practice interviewing skills and presentation skills.
- Follow proper etiquette and follow up with the people you come in contact with. Write a THANK YOUO letter
- Punctuality and flexibility will go far
WORKING ON CAMPUS
WORKING AFTER GRADUATION
H1-B EMPLOYMENT VISA