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International Students

The Career Development Center in collaboration with the Office of International Education and Development provides support for international students seeking career development, job opportunities, and internships. The resources below are beneficial for all international students seeking work or internships in the US. Contact Laura Pell to schedule a career coaching appointment for one-on-one support on any career development needs.

Understanding Your Employment Eligibility in the US

Review these commonly asked questions to better understand your employment eligibility as an international student.

Understanding Your Visa Status

There are many internship and work opportunities available for international students, but it is important to understand your visa status before beginning your job or internship search.

F-1 Visa

International students enrolled full-time in an accredited college in the US may be eligible for this status.

J-1 Visa

International students participating in an international exchange program or studying in the US for a short period of time may be eligible for this status.

Your F-1 or J-1 status allows you to work on-campus. F-1 or J-1 students who wish to work off campus must be authorized for either CPT or OPT. You must set up an appointment with ISSSO to begin the authorization process. Please visit the OIED's page to learn more about the employment options that your F-1 or J-1 status will allow.

CPT: pre-graduation internship/work authorization for F-1 degree-seeking students. This work must be taken for academic credit or required by the program of study.

OPT: 1 year post-graduation work authorization for F-1 degree-seeking students.

Academic Training: An opportunity for J-1 exchange students to participate in an internship or work related to your degree or non-degree program of study.

Searching for Jobs

GoinGlobal: A website designed to help new and experienced job seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. This site will help you find opportunities in the United States with organizations that sponsor international employees.

Handshake: Search for job and internship opportunities posted by employers seeking to hire AppState students.

Check With Your Department: Connect with faculty, advisors, and your career coach to learn more about networking, job and internship opportunities with professionals in your industry.

Preparing US Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter Guides: Check out our tips and samples to help you polish your application materials.

Preparing for Interviews

Big Interview: This online system combines training and practice to help you improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

Disclosing immigration status: This article provides an immigrants advice on disclosing immigration status during the interview process.