Frequently Asked Questions for International Students
The Career Center is your one stop shop for all things job related. Get help writing your resume, practicing your interviewing skills, creating a job search strategy, connecting with employers through our sponsored job fairs and information sessions, and much more. Keep connected with the Career Center to stay informed.
For specific questions and answers related to when you are eligible to start working, please contact the the International Program and Services department. In general, it is recommended to give yourself time to get acclimated to campus life, as this is a major transition (new level of student, new educational system, new country, sometimes new language, etc.). Focus on your academic success first before beginning a job search.
Yes, you can work on campus. For specific questions and answers related to employment eligibility, please contact the International Program and Services department.
Most on-campus jobs are posted on SpartaJobs, the Career Center job and internship database. Register with the Career Center to gain access to SpartaJobs. Keep in mind that there are more students seeking on-campus work than there are jobs available. To be competitive for on-campus work you need to tailor your resume by demonstrating your customer service skills, communication skills, student assistant experience, etc. versus focusing only on your major specific skills.
Yes. There are employers that hire international students for internships while a student and for career opportunities upon graduation. You need to be strategic in planning your job search to research companies that are able to sponsor employees if you are in need of a visa to work in the U.S.
Internships are posted on SpartaJobs, external job boards, directly on company sites and marketed at our Career Center job fairs that take place in the fall and in the spring. Please check with the International Programs and Services department to determine your eligibility. For more information, attend an F-1 Employment Workshop offered through the International Programs and Services department.