Frequently Asked Questions for International Student
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.
It is recommended that you not work the first semester you attend SJSU. Plan to give yourself time to get acclimated to campus life, as this is a big transition (new level of study, new educational system, new country, new culture, 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.
There are fewer employers hiring international students upon graduation but many do get jobs. You need to be strategic in your planning and you may need to target American companies that are operating in foreign countries for example to secure employment opportunities.
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.