International Students

We can help you make sense of the American internship and job search process. Learn cultural differences that can help you to succeed in securing professional employment opportunities.
  • Make sense of the American internship and job search process
  • Learn to identify your skills, find job postings and match your skills to postings
  • Navigate the change of major and explore grad school, law school, and professional programs
  • Prepare materials including an American style resume and cover letter
  • Build a network and effectively use networking contacts
  • Prepare for interviews and follow up
  • Learn cultural differences that can help you to succeed in securing professional employment opportunities

An American internship, co-op or even a credible volunteer experience in your field is extremely important if you wish to find after-graduation employment in the U.S. You will have to search for and compete for these opportunities, although co-op in your college will help qualified students with a co-op search. If co-op is included in your program or curriculum, and you are interested in participating, please meet with your co-op advisor first. For general information about co-op, please see the following:


Top Ten Tips for International Students Seeking co-ops, Internships, or Jobs

  1. Check out other Employer Engagement and Career Design web pages. They offer resources on every aspect of the American job search process. Carefully review guides on resumesinterviewingjob search, and networking. Please read these BEFORE you visit the Career Studio or make an appointment to make the best use of your time.
  2. We offer a number of sessions regularly. Please check the calendar for specific dates and times. Look for workshops designated INTL (for international students) on the calendar. In addition, attend other Employer Engagement and Career Design workshops of interest.
  3. Utilize Employer Engagement and Career Design resources, including:
  • NUworks: Start here to find internships and job opportunities.
  • Going Global: Use Going Global’s country and city guides for the US and overseas, job and internship listings, H-1B employers, and an employer directory featuring 400,000 plus companies in many countries, including the U.S. Gain access by logging into NUworks, click on the Career Development tab, then click on the “Resources” section, and GoinGlobal is the 6th resource down.
  • Big Interview:  Utilize this to practice interviewing at your convenience, BEFORE you make an interview practice appointment — Northeastern University e-mail required for log-in.
  • quickly lets you learn which employers have utilized H-1B visas for a three-year period and provides other excellent resources.
  • Voice Analyst, a phone app that will allow you to see your intonation and volume visually.
  • USCIS H-1B Cap. Use this to monitor the USCIS H-1B visa cap. USCIS will allow you to monitor the number of available H-1B visas and provides helpful information.
  • WASP-free program for speech analysis provided by University College London. When an American speaks, their voice goes up and down in inflection/pitch. Use this resource to record yourself. Practice until you mirror the pitch/inflection of an American speaker.
  • Career and Job Search Guides provide overviews, job titles, employers, industries, internships, co-ops, and resources within particular areas of study.
  • PowerPoints are available in the Career Design tab in NUworks under the Resources subcategory. Gain access by logging into NUworks, click on the “Resources” section.
  • International Alumni Success Panel: Part 1and Part 2

4. Attend Career Fairs. Ensure to attend Career Fair Prep for International Students workshops and review the Step by Step Guide for Career Fair Success. Be sure to know and be able to explain your visa status clearly.

5. On-campus resources for improving your English, as well as other helpful resources. The most successful international students are communicators with strong verbal and non-verbal communication and interpersonal abilities. Understanding American social interaction and culture can be an important success factor in interviewing and being competitive for positions within the U.S. Additional resources for improving your language exist in the Boston area, both free and fee-based. Please see Off-Campus English Language Resources for improving your English.

6. Practice your English with American English speakers to polish your English language and American social skills. Joining organizations will provide you with the opportunity to practice the English language and social behaviors. Join at least one organization that has American student members. For a list of organizations, please click Center for Student Involvement – Northeastern University.

7. Build a network and learn to connect. Networking is the number 1 way people find positions. Be sure to utilize your existing network and gain connections here in the U.S. Learn about resources that make networking easier, such as LinkedIn, professional associations. Join our Northeastern University Employer Engagement and Career Design Group and Northeastern University International Students and Alumni Group on LinkedIn. Please see our LinkedIn for Job Search page and attend LinkedIn 1: Build Your Profile and LinkedIn 1: Advanced Networking workshops.

8. Search widely and apply for jobs selectively. You will dramatically increase your success if you match your skills to the positions you are considering. We recommend that you have a strong match between your skills, experience, and abilities and the positions for which you apply. Applying for positions for which the match is not strong generally does not yield successful results.

9. Understand Post-Graduation Employment options: Are you hoping to engage in Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation? The Office of Global Services (OGS) offers comprehensive resources to assist you with your OPT application process including understanding the OPT timeline and choosing a start date. You can access this information and other frequently asked questions here.

  • Have you accepted a job offer? Remember to report your employment information to OGS within the required reporting period. Are you curious about what information you need to report? Click here to learn about reporting requirements and how to maintain your F-1 status on OPT.
  • If you have any questions about Post-OPT, please contact the OGS. Daily walk-in advising is available Monday-Friday from 11 am to 3 pm, 405 Ell Hall.

10. Conduct a Two-Country Job Search. Apply for positions in both the U.S. and in your home country. Create a Plan B (a second option post-graduation). Evaluate where your best post-graduate employment opportunity exists. Come to the Career Studio or schedule an appointment and be sure to attend: VIRTUAL INTL: Beyond OPT and H-1B’s: Resources and Strategies for the International Student Job Search and Where are the Gaps in Your Apps: Map out your Job Search. All events are accessed through our calendar, and appointments can be made through Mynortheastern. We hope you will take advantage of all of our resources and hope to see you soon!