As an international student, you have unique circumstances due to work authorization and employment eligibility. Before starting your job/internship search, be sure to:
- Attend an ISSS employment workshop to learn about employment eligibility.
- Review our career guides, which cover common topics such as job/internship search, networking, resumes, cover letters, and interviewing.
Use these additional resources for more help:
When to Start
You are eligible for on-campus employment as early as your first semester at SJSU provided that you maintain F-1 status and meet the requirements. You may then be eligible for on or off-campus work through curricular practical training (CPT) authorization after enrolling full-time for at least 2 consecutive semesters. For more information on employment eligibility, please contact the International Student & Scholar Services.
Start your search for on-campus jobs, internships, and full-time jobs with SJSU Handshake. Be sure to update your work authorization to accurately reflect your status. On the Jobs tab, select Filter, then check US Work Authorization optional to find relevant opportunities.
Finding On-Campus Jobs
Besides SJSU Handshake, you can also find additional on-campus jobs here. Keep in mind that there are more students seeking on-campus work than there are jobs available - some positions have over 100 applicants. Start your search as early as possible. To be competitive, you need to tailor your resume to the job by demonstrating transferable skills - specifically customer service, communication, and teamwork. Do not focus on technical skills and experience unless you are applying for a technical on-campus job. If a cover letter is required, use this opportunity to talk about specific situations in which you used relevant skills in the job description.
Finding Internships and Full-Time Jobs
Review our job/internship search career guide for help. Check the SJSU Handshake calendar for upcoming employer events and job fairs. Be sure to check which majors, class years, and level (undergraduate vs. graduate) the employer is looking for. Below are additional resources to check out:
- GoinGlobal: job postings in US and abroad, relocation resources, work permit/visa regulations, H1-B database, country-specific resume guidelines, interview and cultural advice, professional and social networking groups, country career guides, and more
- My Visa Jobs: database of employers who submit for H1B visas
- Internshala: internship opportunities in India
Use this International Student On-Campus Resource Sheet to locate the right office and connect with the appropriate SJSU staff to find the service you need. For career help, meet with a career counselor:
International students meet weekly to discuss various topics such as culture shock, adjustment and language barriers and homesickness.
Improve your writing skills and get help from the Writing Center. Schedule a tutoring session, attend a workshop, and/or use their valuable writing resources. Also be sure to refer to online resources and review the "Resources for Multilingual Learners" section.