Any internship, whether paid or unpaid, requires work authorization. You need a job offer for a job related to your major to apply for work authorization. The internship must be integral to your plan of study and can be full-time or part-time during the summer or academic year, but it is generally not authorized during your final semester. Please visit International Student and Scholars (ISS) to apply. Learn more by clicking the links below:
As an international student on F1 or J1 visa, you can work in the U.S. after graduation with work authorization. To apply for work authorization, please visit International Students and Scholars (ISS). Learn more by clicking the links below:
*As this is subject to change, please verify whether your degree program qualifies for STEM OPT by checking the CIP code on your I-20: Verify online here.
Once your work authorization under J1 or F1 visa is set to expire, you will need sponsorship from your employer to continue working in the U.S. For sponsorship, you will need to work with your employer to apply. For more guidance, you may consult an immigration attorney.
Check out the following websites to help you navigate the U.S. job search process and identify employers who hire international students:
“Are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.?”
“Do you require sponsorship now or in the future?”
English proficiency is important for landing a job in the U.S. Take advantage of these on-campus and off-campus resources to help expand your English language skills:
Getting involved on campus is a great way to build your resume. Join a student club to meet new friends and build soft-skills (such as leadership skills). Find a list of the various student clubs below:
Understanding the U.S. culture can help you connect with recruiters and be more successful during interviews and when working in the U.S. workforce. Each country has their own set of ‘rules’ for doing business. Check out the following links to learn about U.S. work culture:
Visit the following websites to help you prepare and apply to jobs outside of the U.S.: