A benefit of your Student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa status is the eligibility to seek employment, both on- and off-campus. It is relatively easy to start working on campus as you, most likely, will be eligible as soon as you check-in with ISSS. There are three types of employment options for students in F-1 status and two for exchange visitors in J-1 status, which are listed below. Click on the links to learn more about the employment option and the specific details of each.
On-Campus Employment for F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for students F-1 visa status
Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students F-1 visa status
STEM OPT Extension for F-1 students in certain fields of study
Academic Training (AT) for J-1 exchange visitors
International students who want to learn more about searching for employment and working in the U.S. may want to review the resources below. We encourage students to tap into resources available in the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI) as you prepare to pursue internships, post-graduation employment, and other opportunities.
- The U.S. Job Search for International Students (CCI presentation—November 2, 2016)\
- Cultural Differences overview
- International Student Job Search Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updated February 2017