As an international student, searching for a full-time job and/or internship in the U.S. may come with challenges as you navigate work authorization and cultural differences in the job search. The Career & Professional Development team, in partnership with International Student & Scholar Services, is happy to support you as you seek out opportunities in the U.S. or beyond.
Employment Eligibility: CPT & OPT
Before you begin seeking an internship or a job, it is critically important to ensure you fully understand employment eligibility for your visa type. Specific rules exist for on campus jobs, off campus jobs, internships and post-graduation employment. For current rules and guidelines, visit International Student & Scholar Services. Learn more about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Learn more about Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Job & Internship Search Tools
The tools outlined in the Advice and Resources section of our website are a great place for you to learn the keys to job searching in the U.S. The below resources are additional tools specific to you as an international student. GoinGlobal – This resource includes tips for landing jobs in countries around the global as well as tips for various U.S. cities. Additionally, you can us the H1B Visas tab to learn about companies that have sponsored visa holders in the past. My Visa Jobs – This site is an “employment website for foreign workers seeking opportunities in the United States.”
Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States by Daniel Beaudry This book serves as a great overview of how to land a position in the U.S. as an international student.
We recommend scheduling an appointment with your assigned career advisor for tailored coaching and tips. To schedule an appointment call 303.871.2150 or visit PCO to schedule online.