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International Students

The following resources are designed to assist you in your career development. If you want to further discuss these, or any other questions you may have about how being an international student might influence your career decisions, make an appointment with the career development coordinator for disability, diversity, and veteran initiatives, Tatiana Leavitt.

When applying for internships or employment, there are a number of questions to ask during your search:

  • How do I know if an employer hires international students?
    • Using Going Global or My Visa Jobs students can research companies that have petitioned for H-1B visas in the past and have a history of hiring international students.
  • When should I disclose that I am an international student?
    • Each case is different and unique, but it is usually advised to wait until after the first screening measures to the interview. Usually the best time is during the first or second interview, and not after the job offer.
  • What should I say when an employer asks about my work authorization?
    • If you are an F-1 student, explain that you have the legal right to work in the United States for 12 months while remaining under student status (this is the Optional Practical Training). Then tell them that you can renew your authorization to work for a further three to six years with an H-1B work visa. Avoid the word “sponsor” in this conversation, and use the term “petition.” Remember that you probably know more about immigration laws than your potential employer.
  • For tips on a successful job search, information about different statuses for working in the U.S., and a list of common cultural differences in the job search review the Center for Career Development’s Job Search Guide for International Students.

For visa and CPT help, visit International Student and Scholar Services, located at 1620 Melrose Avenue. Website: international.utk.edu; Email: international@utk.edu; Phone: 865-974-3177

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