Resources for International Students
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- Understand your protections against discrimination: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex which includes sexual/romantic orientation and gender identity/expression. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination based on disability. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy. Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act prohibits discrimination based on genetic information.
- Know your rights: Understand the questions employers can and cannot ask you as you proceed through the hiring process. Review a sample of allowable and prohibited questions here. Focus the conversation on your skills and abilities and what you bring to the workplace.
- Seek advice on professional options early: During your first year, schedule appointments with:
- The International Student Advisor, Hunter Swanson, email@example.com, to understand the visa application and process; also see the Center for International Education.
- Career and Professional Development Advisors to begin your career exploration, research interests, industries, and careers (Handshake).
- Explore resources in your home country: Research employers who may have offices or connections in your home country. Contact your embassy for employment contacts.
- Turn obstacles into opportunities: Do not let your status as an international student hold you back from opportunities. Reflect on the unique qualities you offer and why you would be an asset to the company. Practice telling your story and articulating your strengths so you can persuasively convey your value to employers. To help you get started, some general qualities international students often offer include multi-lingual abilities, flexibility, adaptability, self-sufficiency, and multi-cultural mindset.
- Research global resources outside of the U.S.: There are many fantastic opportunities outside the United States. You can do research on a fellowship or scholarship, work at an international office of a U.S.-based company, or work for an international company in a different country.
Should I include my visa status on my resume?
- No. Your educational and employment background may suggest your immigration status, but your visa status and nationality should not be included on your resume.
When should I reveal my international student status?
- There is no easy answer to this process. Although employers cannot ask about your status, this is a topic you can raise in an interview. It is important not to wait too long. Be prepared to explain your work authorization and documents you need. Don't wait until the job offer to tell the employer, make sure they know beforehand.
Where can I find visa informatoin?
- Visit the U.S. Department of State for information on working, studying, or traveling abroad. The State Department also provides country specific details regarding safety and local laws.
- 80,000 Hours - Job board for positions that "focus on the global problems where we expect additional work to have the biggest impact"
- IASTE - The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience is open to degree level science, engineering, technology and applied arts students in the second year of study and above
- Cturtle - Jobs and internships for international students
- Funding resources for international experiences
- International Advantage - companion resource to The International Advantage: Get Noticed. Get Hired., with advice, videos and informative articles
- International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) - this resource has organizations based in Minnesota but is pretty extensive
- International Organizations - Georgetown University resource of international organizations covered under the International Organizations Immunities Act (1945), which often provide full-time international employees with G-4 status
- International Student - Provides career resources and tips along with a student job search center
- Idealist - Service and volunteer organizations that accept OPT and offer relevant opportunities, including working with community-based organizations that serve international communities; features internships and useful filtering features for jobs
- LatPro - Job listings for Latino professionals or bilingual Spanish-speakers
- List of recent top employers for OPT students compiled by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- My Visa Jobs - Find employers in US and Canada that hire international employees and alumni. Search for employers by industry or location who have sponsored H-1B visas (Located in the 'Search Visa Solution' section)
- Saludos - A site for Hispanic students; search for the employer of your choice, post your resume, and apply
- STEM Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) international students
- The Institute of International Education - The IIE has partnered with many global organizations to offer scholarships, fellowships, and academic opportunities to people around the world
- Think Tanks - search for those addressing global issues and/or geographic or research areas of interest
- Uniworld - Search for companies with branches within US and abroad (subscription required)
- American Association of University Women - International Fellowship - For full-time study or research for non-US citizens or permanent resident women (Graduate and postgraduate study)
- Fastweb - Find college scholarships
- Institute for International Education - Scholarship and fellowship search for US and non-US students looking to study in- or outside the United States
- International Financial Aid - Financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for US and international students (study abroad)
- International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search - Scholarship and fellowship search for US and non-US students looking to study in- or outside the United States
- International Student - Search for graduate schools that accept international students
- Korean American Scholarship Foundation - For students with a Korean heritage (Undergraduate and graduate study)
- P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund - Various scholarships for women for graduate study in the United States and Canada
- Make an appointment with a Career Advisor on Handshake to discuss your career plans
- Enroll in CPD Canvas course and join industry groups of interest to receive notifications about jobs and internships and relevant career-related events
- The Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement - Creating and maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere as students integrate into the educational, cultural and social environment of the University
- Colonnade Connections and LinkedIn - Network with alumni
- Graduate School - For information on applying to graduate school, visit the Graduate School page and Fellowships and Graduate School resources.
- Hunter Swanson, Associate Director of International Education
- International Student Career Fellows - Paradis Ikirezi ‘23, Eltice Langmia '25, Fekry Mostafa '25, Eman Muamar '24
- International Student Alumni Connections - International student alumni willing to serve as career resources
- Multicultural Student Organizations - W&L student organizations that celebrate different cultures and identities
- W&L Fellowships and Opportunities - W&L has a database that allows students to search for fellowships, internships, scholarships, opportunities for research and travel. Visit W&L Fellowships and Opportunities, specify "Non-US Citizens" under Class Year and Other Eligibility Restrictions and begin your search
- W&L International Students page for more information about travel checklists, visas, taxes, and employment options