The Career Center has a number of resources to assist you in your career development. We have developed a number of workshops on a variety of topics and have resources for helping you identify jobs / internships, companies who have hired international students in the past, and much more.
An internship, employment, and / or relevant volunteer experiences are important ways to create opportunities for finding employment in the U.S. after graduation.
On this page you will find important information on:
- cultural differences in the U.S. (Going Global database)
- legal information on CPT, OPT, H1B Visa (see below)
- networking (see the LinkedIn workshop)
- resume writing tips (coming soon)
- interviewing in the U.S. (coming soon)
We offer a number of workshops throughout the academic year on topics including how to network using LinkedIn, legal issues for International students, cultural differences, and more. Workshop descriptions and dates.
- Single most important tool for you is GoinGlobal.
GoinGlobal database is an exceptional search tool that is highly informative to the international student body. GoinGlobal provides information on both job and internship opportunities in relation to the varying students’ preferences.
Learn more here.
Culture and Transitional Resources
The US cultural and employment norms may be quiet different as an international student transitioning to the US. The following resources provide various information on cultural norms, educational requirements, obtaining visas, and transition information.
- Here is a document that is quite helpful in understanding common American cultural differences.
- The U.S. State Department has this website to help understand many countries around the world. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/index.htm
- International Student
- International Student Network
- “Crossing customs: International students write on US college life and culture” by Jay David and Andrew Garrod (book)
- “Succeeding as an international student in the US and Canada” by C. Lipson & A.E. Goodman (Book)
Visa and Legal Information
As you search for jobs or internships, it is important to understand the processes to employment associated with your visa. Employers may have false assumptions about visa limitations, costs, or processes, and it is important to be able to provide accurate information to potential employers. The following resources provide visa information.
- Questions and Answers: Extension of Optional Practical Training(OPT) Program for Qualified Students
- Additional Information on Student Visa (U.S. Dept. of State)
- What Employers should know about hiring international students
- US Department of Labor
- H1 Base Website
Job & Internship Search
A job or internship takes a combination of numerous resources and strategies. The following resources provide a variety of lists of potential sponsoring employers, occupational outlooks, and job opportunities. Utilize these sources as you build your job search strategy and target employers list.
- Jobs in Foreign Countries Resources
- List of H1B Employers
- International Student Website
- US Department of Labor
- H1 Base Top Occupations List
- “Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States” by Dan Beaudry (Book)
- “3 Steps to Your Job in the USA: International Student Edition” by S. Steinfield & H. Yinping (Book)
- There are H-1B Cap-Exempt employers that hire professionals on H-1B visa throughout the year regardless of the H- 1B quota situation. Cap exempt employers are those establishments which are not subjected to the annual H-1B visa numerical limitation as set by the US Government. Following classes of employers fall under the Cap-Exempt category (Tax Exempt.pdf)
- The STEM Designated Degree Program list is a complete list of fields of study that DHS considers to be science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields of study for purposes of the 36-month STEM optional practical training extension (*just extended to 36 months March 2016). Click here for Majors at Colby (STEM CIP codes 05-16)
The following resources are helpful when exploring continuing education options, institutions, and processes.