Below are resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process. This list does not include everything, but will hopefully help you as you develop and achieve your career goals.
Things to Think About
As an international student, there are a few important things that you may want to think about as you search for internships and full-time employment. Your career center can help you with these things.
Getting Your Career on Track
Landing a great job after graduation, or getting into graduate school, takes more than simply going to class each day. A few tips and facts are listed below to give you some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation!
Career Resources for International Students
While there are countless online and print career resources, we have summarized several high-quality resources to help you as you search for jobs and internships:
Student Employment International students can work up to 20 hours a week on campus without a change in visa status. Working on campus can be a great opportunity to build experience and skills. Use this site to search for student jobs on campus.
Academic English Program English as a Second Language (ESL) classes designed for undergraduate and graduate students to upgrade their English skills in order to be more effective in their studies, research and career pursuits.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) The UROP program helps students gain experience through connecting with professors on campus to conduct cutting edge research. Check your college UROP website for additional information.
Community Service-Learning Center Volunteering is a great way to build experience and skills that employers value. The Community Service-Learning Center can help you find a volunteer position that will fit your interests and schedule.
Going Global (You will have to sign into your GoldPASS/Edge account) Going Global is a great resource for international students looking for information on work opportunities here in the United States. It is also a great tool for students looking for information on the cultural nuances of the job search in various countries and cities throughout the world.
Wilson Library Reference Room has resources and staff to help you research organizations that may have an international focus. Try searching for print and online resources with lists of organizations that fit your career interests and background.
Student Writing Support for Multilingual Writers, Center for Writing
Power Ties: The International Student's Guide to Finding a Job In the U.S., Dan Beaudry, (2009) To learn more about this author and his advice for international students, read this.
Adjusting to American Culture While You Study at College: What do you need to know about American culture at a US college? Some of the topics addressed include grade point average, small talk, time and tipping.
Connect with Professionals and Peers
Meeting with professionals who work in your career area of interest, especially other internationals who may be able to give you good advice from an international perspective, can be a great way to get career advice and find information on jobs. Below are a few ways you can find people in your field that might be able to help.
Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of contacting a professional? You’re not alone! Calling a stranger and asking for advice makes most students a little nervous. To get some tips to help you through this process, simply call your career center and ask for an appointment with a career staff member. We will coach you on what to say when you call a professional, what kinds of questions to ask and how to make the best impression. You may also want to watch an online workshop on networking for international students.
Your Legal Rights
As an international student, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and how to handle this should it arise. Below you will find some resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the work place. To learn about what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle it if the situation happens in a job interview read the article title Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees.
Campus Career Resources & Events
U of M career services offices Find the career office for your specific major
GoldPASS Job and internship database for University of Minnesota students & alumni
The Edge Job, internship and networking database for Carlson School of Management undergraduate, MBT, MAcc students, and alumni
TalentLink Jobs, internships, and career events database for MBA and MA-HRIR students and alumni
Career Services Staff Can Help!
All of the career staff on campus is eager to help all students with their career goals. Those individuals listed below are members of the Career Services Diversity Committee any of them would be happy to help you with any career related questions. We are also available to help with presentations tailored t to student groups. Simply contact the staff member listed for your career center to get started: