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Some international students worry that not being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident will add a layer of difficulty to their job search, but it’s important to remember that there are many companies and industries interested in hiring foreign nationals. The Career Development Center (CDC) staff is familiar with the special situations international students face, and can provide help and advice in your job search.

As an international student, you’re eligible to work in the U.S. during your schooling and after you receive your degree. However, there are specific regulations, requirements, and restrictions to keep in mind, so the best thing for you to do if you’re interested in a career in the U.S. is to plan ahead.

It’s important that you work with the CDC to learn about job search strategies, but also make sure to stay connected with International House, which can help you with information on work authorization and immigration regulations. Regulations change from year to year, so be sure to visit International House regularly to stay up-to-date.

If you’re interested in an internship or co-op, you must complete nine months of education in the U.S. before being eligible to apply. Once you have applied and accepted a position you must report your experience with the CDC for approval and processing of summer internships or co-op. This can be done through your Handshake account by reporting an experience under the experiences tab. If you’re a Fire Protection Engineering graduate student, you must complete additional paperwork with the CDC for approval and processing, as well.

Download the International Students tipsheet (PDF) for information on resources, work authorization, strategies and advice on finding job openings in the U.S., and more.

To start off your job search, check out some of the links to websites that cater to international students:

  • Embassy offers access to information about foreign embassies and other international resources around the world
  • Foreignborn.com connects you to U.S-based companies looking specifically for foreign-born employees
  • Going Global (available in Handshake) provides resources for finding jobs in other countries and includes tips for writing resumes and cover letters that align with other countries’ preferences
  • Internationalstudent.com has an array of resources for international students and students preparing to study abroad
If you haven't been to the CDC and are struggling with the job search, you are wasting a precious resource! The tipsheets cover main information I need, which is a good start for job applications. The counselors have rich experience.
Zijian Ma
Graduate Student, Class of 2016