International Students

Current U.S. immigration laws permit international students to be employed in the U.S. In the present economy, opportunities for international students are limited. International students who wish to work in the U.S. must plan ahead and take additional steps to increase their chances of success. Staff within the Business Career Center and the Office of International Education are available to help you through individual advising services and job/internship search resources. Below are online resources that can be used in the job search process.

  • Resume & Cover Letters
  • Job Search
  • Interviews
  • Work Authorization
  • Tips

A resume is one of the most important documents in your internship or job search. It is a personal marketing tool that may lead to an interview. Think of your resume as a highlights summary of the skills, experiences and knowledge that you will bring to a specific position or industry. A cover letter provides a more detailed account of the relevant experiences, skills and abilities you can bring to the position and company. Remember to include a cover letter when sending a resume to an employer.

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There are three main strategies one should employ when conducting a thorough job or internship search: respond to postings, target employers and network. 

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An interview provides an important opportunity to communicate your ability to perform well in a job or internship. Preparation is crucial in properly describing your readiness for a position. Just as you customize and review a resume and cover letter before applying for a position, practice and research prior to an interview will help you make a positive impression.

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International students studying in the United States under an F-1 visa have two options for work authorization, CPT and OPT. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization for F-1 students during the program of study. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is granted to F-1 students after completion of all required coursework. Employment must be related to the field of study and degree level to use OPT. 

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As an international student seeking employment in the United States, you will face unique challenges. The following page will provide tips on how you can work to overcome these challenges and achieve your goals.

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Office of International Education Resources