International Student Job Search Resources
Our mission at Student Engagement & Career Development (SECD) is to support you in your career journey. Your circumstances might require knowledge on specific programs and processes so make sure you meet with your coordinator in International Student Services as well as the International Student Career Coach.
Searching for employment in the United States can be especially challenging for international students, but developing a plan for your search can lead to success. Here are some tips and resources to help you along the way.
- Start your career exploration and development early. LifeLab offers activities and trained staff to help you explore options. There are also opportunities for skill- building, and leadership development through our Design Thinking Challenge, Build the Skill, and Bluechip programs.
- Use Handshake to find employment, events, and networking opportunities.
- Recognize that networking will be very important to your search. Utilize your University of Arizona network through Handshake, Bear Down Network, and the alumni tool on LinkedIn.
- Be prepared with professional looking documents. LifeLab is a great drop-in resource to get your resume started or reviewed. We can also help you with other career-related skills such as interviewing, job searching, online profiles and networking.
- Look for internship opportunities early in your academic career. Not only will this help you build skills, but you’ll network in the process. Our Job Shadow Program is another great way to try out a career and network with a one-day job shadow.
The job or internship search is a process and takes time, planning, and the right information. The following resources provide information on potential sponsoring employers, occupational outlooks, and job opportunities. Plan out a strategy for your search and utilize as many resources as possible to create a list of employers to target in your search.
List of H1B Visa Reports – This list shows the top visa sponsors which can help you identify organizations that may be open to sponsorships. There is a job board as well as explanation of different types of work authorization & visas.
GoinGlobal – This site has career guides as well as job and internship postings all over the world. There is also an H1B database providing information on American employers interested in hiring international talent.
Inside Higher Ed – Job Tips for International Students – Article outlining advice for international students in the United States.
International Student – A variety of information from international student financial aid, visas & immigration, working in the U.S., international student blogs with discussion from other universities across the U.S, and more.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – Site has a H-1B employer data hub listing employers who have employed temporary foreign workers.
Dreambridge Partners – Information on adapting to the U.S., job searching, academics and socializing as well as many links to professional and cultural associations, job websites, and networking.
United States Department of Labor – Answers to questions for workers & employers regarding certification and the Visa process.
Foreignborn – Overview of US Visa & Immigration including information on financial aid, how to send money abroad, work authorization and US Visa wait times and USCIS immigration processing times.