Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

  1. What can the Career Center do for me?

  2. When can I start working?

  3. Can I work on campus?

  4. How do I find jobs on campus?

  5. Where is the Career Center located?

  6. Are U.S. employers hiring? Can I get a job?

  7. When can I get an internship? How do I find an internship?

 

1. What can the Career Center do for me?

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.

 

2. When can I start working?

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.

 

3. Can I work on campus?

 Yes, you can work on campus. For specific questions and answers related to employment eligibility, please contact the International Program and Services department.

 

4. How do I find jobs on campus?

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.

 

5. Where is the Career Center located?

The Career Center is located in the Administration Building, room 154. Check the calendar for upcoming events and workshops.

 

6. Are U.S. employers hiring? Can I get a job?

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.

 

7. When can I get an internship? How do I find an internship?

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.