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International Student Resources


The following section is general advice for international students as they go through the job/internship search process. The Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) helps students navigate the internship and employment regulations associated with their student status in the US. We strongly recommend that students reach out to OIIL to become familiar with these regulations before committing to any internship or employment offers.

View this blog post from Vault to get started: 10 Job Search Tips for International Students for 2017 and this website for additional advice.

Career Center Suggestions:

  1. Start Early: International students face additional challenges when it comes to job search because of cultural barriers as well as confusion about visa regulations. So it’s best to start early, explore your interests and have a good idea of what type of opportunities you want to pursue.
  1. Use the Career Center: The career center offers a myriad of resources to help students find full time and internship opportunities in the US and internationally. We encourage you to set up an appointment to meet with a career counselor to assess your skills/interests, review your application documents, identify resources, connect with alumni, practice interviewing skills, find opportunities available to you, and become knowledgeable about upcoming programs including 30 Minutes, Scholars, Job/Internship Fairs, etc.
  1. Gain experiences: Participate in internships, externships, volunteering opportunities and student clubs to learn more about what you’re interested in and build the skills necessary for your job search.
  1. Build a network: Utilize your existing network and gain connections. This network can include friends, relatives, faculty, staff and especially Carleton alumni. Use the Carleton Alumni Profiles and the general directory to connect with alumni in your interested field to learn more about opportunities in those areas. Also connect with other international Carleton alumni to learn more about their experiences and get their advice on the US job search process.
  1. Understand your visa regulations: We highly recommend that you talk with OIIL to become familiar with the specific rules around your visa. Generally students on the F-1 student visa are able to participate in internships through the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and are eligible for 12-month of Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation (extendable by 17-months for STEM majors).

  2. Use GoinGlobal to research companies: If you are interested in working in the US full-time after graduation, you can use the GoinGlobal ‘H-1B Info’ tool to research employers and find out whether or not they have sponsored H-1B in the past. Carleton has a subscription to GoinGlobal, and has a direct link on the Career Center homepage.
  1. Conduct a multiple country search: Explore opportunities available in your home country and other countries, in addition to looking for opportunities in the US. This will allow you to have a greater variety of options and pick the best post-graduate opportunity.

For more specific information, click on the links below.

Career Center pages maintained by Andrea Kubinski
This page was last updated on 21 May 2019