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Resources for International Students

International students searching for internships and jobs in the US face a number of unique circumstances. Finding opportunities over summer and after graduation can be complicated by visa and employment status, employer misconceptions about international student hiring practices, and access to housing. In addition, international students often lack access to local and familial networks in the United States, and are sometimes ineligible for fellowships, grants, and financial aid available to US citizens. Moreover, navigating a job search can be nerve-wracking for international students unsure about how and when to communicate their visa and employment status to potential employers.

The CDO is dedicated to assisting international students in their job search. We encourage students and alumnae/i to make an appointment with one of our career counselors in order to discuss their professional ambitions and ask questions. Counselors can help international students write resumes and cover letters that adhere to accepted US standards, conduct mock interviews that mirror industry practice, and advise job-seekers how best to utilize the CDO’s resources to their advantage.

We also offer a number of online career resources geared towards the needs of international students. The following online resources provide information about visa status and employment authorization, allow students to find employers with a track-record of hiring international graduates, list fellowships and grants for which international students are eligible, and offer advice on how to speak to potential employers.

The Office of International Services

The Office of International Services offers a full range of resources for international students and scholars, including advice and assistance in visa, immigration, tax, employment, cultural and general matters. The office seeks to support internationals in adjusting to and embracing a new culture and also to involve and engage all members of the campus community in events, workshops, and other opportunities to share the wealth of global perspectives and experiences our campus enjoys.

Going Global

Going Global contains a wide variety of resources for students seeking employment both in the US and abroad.

International students seeking employment in the US can check out the H1B Plus section. Going Global’s H1B Plus database contains approximately 500,000 records of companies that applied for H1B visas in the prior year, which can help international applicants identify US organizations who sponsor. Job seekers should also check out the USA/Canada City Guides for city-specific job search resources.

For students interested in employment outside the US, the Country Guides contain a wealth of information about job search nuances for 32 countries. Users can search for organizations by location, industry, earnings and more in the Employer Directory section.

On-campus users: Click “Create personal account” to set up an account which will allow future off-campus use
Off-campus users: Send an email to cdo@vassar.edu with your name, graduation year, email address, and country of residence and we will create an account on your behalf.

InternationalStudent

A website that provides information and assistance to international students studying in the United States. Different student visa types (F-1, J-1 & M-1) are explained, as are means to extend student status and transfer to H1-B visas. InternationalStudent also offers information on how to find relevant fellowships, insurance, and loans.

US Department of Homeland Security          

Find information on F and J visas, as well as about OPT and CPT requirements and procedures.

Electronic Embassy

The Electronic Embassy provides information on each of the embassies in Washington D.C., with links to Web-based resources where available. Find information on visa and employment laws pertaining to international student or seek out your home country’s embassy.

The Vassar College Office of Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising

Vassar College offers numerous summer and post-graduate fellowships for which international students are eligible. Interested students should make an appointment with the office to discuss their options. The Office website also contains a number of resources specifically geared towards international students. Click here to see a list of national and international opportunities and funding options for which international students are eligible.

Internships and Programs Dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion

This handout has an extensive list of opportunities that are committed to recruiting diverse candidates.