International Students

Information for International Students

In general, not being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident adds a level of difficulty to a job search, but there are employers who are willing to hire foreign nationals. It will depend on the industry and the employer. Practical Training work authorization offers students who have studied in the U.S. on F-1 visas the opportunity to work for up to twelve months in a field related to their studies; J-1 students may apply for Academic Training.

If you hope to remain in the U.S. for longer than the period of your Training, it is especially important to plan ahead with ISSS. Understand the bases on which you may stay long term and be prepared to explain them to an employer. For reasons beyond your control, an employer must sponsor you for an H-1 visa in order to hire you after your Training period expires, and thus you will impose more paperwork and slightly more expense on an employer than will a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Career Services can help you in your job search both in America or overseas.  We work closely with International Student & Scholar Services and Penn Global in serving our international students.

Featured Articles

Internships for International Grad Students: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Check out this post from the Carpe Careers blog published on the Inside Higher Ed website – written by PhD/postdoc career advisors for PhD students and postdocs:

By Joseph Barber
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Tips for International Students: Revamping Your Resume

For international students that have newly arrived here from overseas, congratulations on finishing up your first semester here at Penn. I’m sure it was no small feat to prepare to leave your home for a long duration on your own, …

By Esther Ra
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Making Connections through Informational Interviews

What skills should I develop if I want to be a Data Scientist? What types of projects do marketing interns at Disney work on? What professional organizations, resources, or job boards would help me discover more about working in biotechnology? …

By Emily Barrale
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The art of the thank you note

So you’ve prepped for your interview, scoured Glassdoor for tips, put on your best suit and nailed the interview day. Now what? Interviews are a nerve-wracking experience and often we are so wrapped up in getting ready for it and …

By Jingy Yen
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Managing your job search messaging from the conscious to the subconscious

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The career exploration and job search processes are very active, fully-conscious experiences. It is important to be intentional, proactive, and to communicate in very direct ways your career goals to yourself (yes, sometimes you still need convincing too) and others. …

By Joseph Barber
Joseph Barber Senior Associate Director, Graduate Students & Postdocs Joseph Barber
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