Immigration documents and procedures are a recurring and complicated bureaucratic challenge for non-U.S. students and scholars. It is essential that you understand what work authorization is available to you and how the process works before you start working off campus. Attend a workshop or learn about the work authorization for your type of student visa (see links in box below).
Expect to educate your employer on your work authorization options as you look for either an internship or job. Help employers understand how easy it is for them to hire you while you’re on your student visa. There are a lot of misconceptions held by employers about the challenge of hiring international students. You can also refer potential employers to Career Services if they would like additional help.
Look for internships and jobs that align with your major (not your minor) and will help you develop skills related to your program of study. Understand how to answer work authorization questions that are included on job applications. Meet with a career development advisor to learn more about finding an internship or job, writing a resume and cover letter, interviewing and more. You can make an appointment by using LiveChat.
Contact ISSS to discuss the CPT application process or to ask any questions regarding your immigration status.