Career Support

ISSS Career Support is designed to assist international students and scholars in preparing for their job search to reach their career goals.

ISSS offers workshops and individual appointments to guide international students who are planning to search for jobs in the U.S.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to job search process in the U.S.
  • Cultural expectations in writing resume and interviewing in the U.S.
  • Understanding work authorization and how to address your visa status with potential employers

We encourage students to contact the Career Services in their college to find out what services are available to them.

Work Authorization

It is essential that all international understand the regulations about on- or off-campus employment before seeking a job. By reviewing this information, you will:

  • Know what jobs you can and cannot accept.
  • Be prepared to answer questions from potential employers.
  • Ensure you avoid negative consequences from working without valid authorization.

ISSS advisors are also available to answer your questions.

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Resources

Tips from Alumni

Browse our stories about how international alumni found work after graduation.

Their advice:

  • Start early!
  • Be involved in campus community. This will help 1) you find a field that you are passionate about and 2) acquire skills in multi-tasking, communication, and teamwork.
  • Discover something that you are interested in and drive that to success.
  • Determine the general direction of what you want to do, and find out how the visa rules impact that.
  • Be genuinely curious of the fields you may be entering.  
  • Develop practical capabilities and skill that will help distinguish you from other applicants.
  • Gain experiences and be flexible. You should take the opportunities that come to you as they can lead to other opportunities.
  • A great way to start is by volunteering if you do not have any experience in the field.
  • Start building relationships with your professors, mentors, and classmates.
  • Make friends with your classmates in the courses for your major, and stay connected with them. 
  • Spend a lot of time preparing for your job search. You will want to 1) make sure your resume is flawless and 2) find out what types of interview styles are used in your field.
  • Do not give up!
  • You may need to apply for a lot of jobs to get some interviews.
Last updated: September 1, 2021