5 easy ways international students find internships

If you’re searching for your dream internship, you will want to use multiple methods to find them. Many students limit their internship search to submitting resumes through a single platform. But there is more than one way to find international student internships.

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5 things you need to know before starting your internship search

After the rush of fall term starts to settle down international students start planning for the CPT internship search. January through March are peak CPT internship search times. Finding internships for international students takes some planning. The earlier you start preparing for the search, the more successful you will be. Here is what you need to know to prepare for international student internships.

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How to get hired as an international student

At some point in your US educational experience you start to wonder how to get hired as an international student. Maybe you want US experience on your resume. Or maybe you want to learn new skills on the job. An internship or an OPT job is the start of your global career. So you start thinking: how do I get hired as an international student?

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How to find international student jobs

On Quora, the question and answer website, there are many versions of this question: “how do I find international student jobs?” Students like you are searching for companies that hire international students and looking for international student jobs across the US. The H-1B job search is a bit of a mystery when you start. That’s normal because you’re in a new country. It is possible to learn how to search for work in the US after graduation. It’s also possible to find international student jobs. They exist! The challenge is that they are hidden among many, many opportunities that aren’t open to international students.

Finding jobs for international students takes time, patience, persistence, creativity, and a bit of luck. So prepare your research skills and get ready to talk to a lot of people.

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Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?

It’s one of the first questions I get as an international student career coach: “Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?” Most students experience rejection from the start of their job search because H-1B visa sponsor companies are difficult to find.

Here are the most common reasons why a company doesn’t offer H1-B visa sponsorship.

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H-1B for international students: What you need to know

Before the job search begins international students need to learn about H-1B, the work authorization that allows you to work in the US after your studies. Learning about H-1B for international students takes time. In addition to H-1B visas, you should also learn about CPT, OPT and OPT extension. For students from countries like Australia, Canada, Singapore, or Chile, there may be additional work authorization options (see infographic below). Many employers do not know all the details about work authorization. It is important that you learn as much about work authorization before deciding if you want to work in the US after graduation.

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