International students are eligible for all career services available through the Stuckert Career Center, including on-campus recruiting. It can be challenging to find a "sponsor-friendly" employer, so you need to begin the process early!
Here are some general tips to get you started:
- Become an expert on visa and work options available to you, as you may need to educate prospective employers.
- Schedule some time in your semester regularly, for focusing on your job search.
- Attend workshops (especially ones that emphasize US business culture and etiquette).
- Be sure to prepare a concise resume that includes your language skills beyond English.
- Practice interviewing. Focus on selling the skills you have that are of value to employers.
- GoinGlobal: Access an extensive database of companies and organizations that have sponsored H1B visas.
In addition to the Stuckert Career Center, help is located in the International Center’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in Bradley Hall. Come to Bradley Hall during regular daily walk-in hours or schedule an appointment to meet with an F-1 or J-1 student immigration advisor, to discuss your potential employment options both before and after graduation.
Employment Before & After Graduation
Employment options prior to graduation, such as internships, are limited due to restrictive immigration regulations. However, for students who are required to complete an internship, this can be a wonderful opportunity to show off your skills.
Most students will be eligible to apply for some type of practical training shortly before or immediately after all academic program requirements have been met. Visit the ISSS website for more information about student employment options for F-1 and J-1 visa holders after graduation.
Students should also plan to attend at least one employment-based workshop offered by ISSS each fall and spring semester. Watch for dates/times in your emails from ISSS, our Facebook and Twitter pages, or contact ISSS staff in Bradley Hall. FAQ Instructions during COVID-19.
- Some employers will not sponsor international students for various reasons. Move on to employers who are "sponsor-friendly".
- Talk to recent graduates, do an advanced search on jobs in Handshake, or ask your professors—there are many ways to find employers that are known to hire international students and sponsor H1-B status.
- A good resource can be found through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration website. A list of companies that have filed labor condition applications (an application that precedes the H-1B filing) has already been disclosed and can be downloaded.
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