First Year International Master’s

Welcome to Career Design and Northeastern! As a first-year international graduate student, use this year to expand your professional network by building relationships with your faculty, advisers, alumni, and peers. Explore leadership opportunities with student and professional organizations, and conduct informational interviews with professionals to learn more about their work. Reflect on your coursework to identify areas of strong interest and participate in Experiential Network (XN projects), service learning, and other experiential options.

In addition, as an international student, you should:

  • become knowledgeable early about process and deadlines for U.S. work authorization (OPT) through the Office of Global Services.
  • Check out our International Student resources webpage and join the Northeastern University International Student and Alumni LinkedIn group to identify professionals from your country and career field.
  • If you are not fully confident in your English, utilize The International Tutoring Center through Global Student Success to polish your written and spoken English before interviewing for professional positions.
  • Connect with NU Temps to see if there are virtual or other on-campus opportunities to build experience, and be sure to also complete any requirements for co-op.
  • You will also benefit from attending the Grad Career Summit in the fall semester, along with Navigating Cross-Cultural Differences, Career Fair Prep for International Students, and H1-B and Employment based options (co-sponsored by Global Student Success).

To help you get started, we recommend the Career Design coaching labs below (or equivalent Canvas modules) as well as Career Fair prep sessions when those occur.  However, these are only suggestions. Every learner has different needs. Feel free to browse all of the lab descriptions and see the weekly schedule grid below. Rotating topics and Self-Assessment sessions (Wednesdays 12-1 PM ET) can be viewed here. You are welcome to attend in whatever sequence works best for you and to return to any coaching lab for help as often as needed.

  • Designing Your Career
  • Finding Your Fit
  • Self-assessment
  • Revising Your Resume
  • Crafting Your Cover Letter
  • Promoting Your Brand on LinkedIn
  • Networking through LinkedIn
  • Interviewing with Confidence
  • International Student Job and Internship Search Strategies
  • Owning Your Career (rotating topic)

All Career Design support is available virtually, including:

  • To sign up for a coaching lab, and view all other Career Design programs, go to our events calendar.
  • Canvas modules parallel coaching labs for 24/7 self-paced instruction. We recommend Designing Your Career for an overview of both the process and our office (and we continue to add new modules, so check back regularly).
  • Read the Career Design bi-weekly newsletter here for the latest updates (it is also emailed to you on Sundays).
  • Email [email protected] or call 617.373.2430 with any questions.

In addition, there are many other useful tools and resources available to you:

Once you’ve taken advantage of our coaching labs and Career Studio to meet your initial needs, individual consultations can be scheduled through myNortheastern.