Career resources for international students
Western Michigan University is proud to host a growing number of international students on our campus. Your worldview adds unique perspective to our diverse and global workforce. International students face additional challenges when seeking employment in the United States, and there are several resources available to you to help navigate those challenges.
Visit WMU International Admissions and Services and Immigration Compliance to get help with the paperwork and documentation you may need for an internship, part-time job, on-campus job, or full-time job. Specialists can help you complete Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) forms in addition to other work-related paperwork. Sign up for an upcoming immigration workshop.
US cultural and employment norms may be quite different as an international student transitioning to the US. The following resources provide various information on cultural norms, educational requirements, obtaining visas and transition information.
- Foreignborn.com - Resources to help you understand international employment issues, including work visas and green cards.
As you search for jobs or internships, it is important to understand the processes to employment associated with your visa. Employers may have false assumptions about visa limitations, costs, or processes and it is important to be able to provide accurate information to potential employers. The following resources provide visa information.
Job and internship search
A job or internship takes a combination of numerous resources and strategies. The following resources provide a variety of lists of potential sponsoring employers, occupational outlooks and job opportunities. Utilize these resources as you build your job search strategy and create target employers list.
- List of H1B employers
- International student website
- Article: 9 Job Search Tips for International Students in the Age of Coronavirus
- Global Detroit
- My Visa Jobs
- List of 2019 Top 200 OPT Employers (published by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
- Questions Students Can Ask in Interviews to Tell If a Company Really Cares About Diversity and Inclusion by Cindy Price Verduce, M.Ed.
The following resources are helpful when exploring continuing education options, institutions and processes.
Resources for international employment and internship opportunities
International graduate careers website with internships, jobs and graduate programs abroad.
Lists international internships in multiple fields.
Features overseas jobs and international employment opportunities.
Information on international exchange programs.
Comprehensive database of jobs and internships in Canada.