The information below is focused on assisting all international students with the career development process, including the internship and job search process in the U.S. and beyond.
Many international students may have F-1 or J-1 visa status and each of these visas have different on-campus, off-campus and post-graduation requirements. You are strongly encouraged to visit the International Student Services Office (ISSO), which provides immigration information and support to UT Dallas students through workshops, individual student advising and outreach, before seeking or accepting any form of employment (paid or unpaid) to remain aware of any applicable restrictions, requirements and deadlines. The information around international student eligibility and requirements is important and dynamic; please do your due diligence to keep abreast with any changes.
In addition to related technical or functional experience and knowledge, employers look for communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills acquired in a variety of settings. These can be developed through involvement in student organizations, student employment, enrolling in courses with group projects, volunteer experiences, internships or developing friendships with students of different backgrounds.
As an international student who may have fewer contacts in the U.S., it is important to build and maintain networks who can support your job search. Whether you are entering the professional world or continuing with your studies, networking is a helpful tool that is surprisingly simple. You can network literally anywhere—at school, at the grocery store, even in the elevator. Networking is based on making meaningful connections that are mutually beneficial, which can be achieved through clearly communicating some combination of your interests, skills, goals, and experiences. In the U.S. it is very common to contact someone who is currently working in your area of interest and speak with them to ask for advice. UT Dallas alumni are also great resources for career advice and informational interviews. This directness in communication is valued in the U.S.
Resumes & Cover Letters
The resume and cover letter are the most basic components of every application you submit. For graduate applications and other specialized fields, you may also want to read about a similar document, the curriculum vitae (CV). For helpful tips on writing a resume/CV for various countries, check out the country guides on GoinGlobal.
After you have submitted your resume, cover letter and any other application materials, an employer who finds you favorable will contact you for an interview. Interviews can be nerve-wracking and can be more difficult if you are conducting them in a non-native language. Career Consultants are available to assist you with preparing for interviews with in-person mock interviews. For helpful tips on interviewing skills for various countries, check out the country guides on GoinGlobal.
In addition to general job and internship search, international students should consider a few additional strategies. Locate U.S. companies doing business in your home country, international corporations or those with an international focus, and organizations that hire international students.
Immigration documents and procedures present complicated bureaucratic challenges for non-U.S. students and scholars. Employment opportunities for F-1 and J-1 international students are restricted. A few key things to be aware of:
- Never accept or engage in paid or unpaid off-campus employment, internships, fellowships, or other training without prior authorization from the UT Dallas International Student Services Office (ISSO). Learn more about work authorizations, including Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Academic Training (AT) on the International Student Services Office website.
- Understand your visa status and what types of employment authorizations are available to you in order to clearly communicate your work eligibility to the employer.
Top 200 Employers
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security captures data from SEVP-certified schools and active international students to create lists of the top 200 employers who hired pre- and post-completion OPT students, STEM OPT students, and CPT students in 2017. We will update this information once it is published.
My Visa Jobs
My Visa Jobs identifies employment opportunities for foreign nationals who want to live and work in the U.S. and Canada. Search annually updated lists of employers accepting H-1B visa holders. Sort lists by state, industry, or job title. This site also contains information about work authorizations and information about a variety of industries.
Once you have identified some international-friendly organizations, you need a plan for applying to jobs and networking with professionals at these organizations. Attend our networking workshops and events to learn more about how to do that.