Information and Resources for International Students
U.S. Employer Expectations
If Americans find job searching overwhelming and difficult here, then it can be even more so as an international student. To help you get off on the right foot, drop by our office to learn about the best resources, tools, and strategies to ensure that you are set up for success in the United States.
Employment While a Student
Thayer School students enrolled in ENGG290 or ENG390 are eligible to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to meet coursework requirements.
Challenges and Misconceptions
- Hiring Complexities: employers who are unfamiliar with the process of hiring an international student may assume it’s cumbersome and expensive. Your response: be informed and educate potential employers
- Uncommitted: employers fear that international students will return to their home country. Your response: explain your commitment honestly and with concrete examples
- Communication: employers are concerned about international students’ ability to communicate effectively and correctly. Your response: perfect your English skills at Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric.
Job Search Strategies
Look for the following:
- US Companies doing business in your home country.
- International corporations or organizations with an international focus (e.g., World Trade Organization, World Bank, International Monetary Fund).
- Higher education opportunities: your international experience, cultural competence and language skills are desirable.
- A sample of companies hiring Thayer international students: AppNexus, Arcadia Solutions, Bank of America, BlackRock, Exeter Group, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, M2S, McKinsey, Microsoft, Navigant Consulting, Texas Instruments, Vistaprint
Common Cultural Differences
The list below is a sample of the differences you may encounter throughout the interview process:
- Timely nonverbal cues and behaviors (particularly the strong handshake!), maintaining eye contact (without staring), and responding directly to questions.
- An informal tone taken throughout the interview.
- The freedom to discuss hobbies, strengths, weaknesses, or a personal experience that is applicable.
- Be prepared to promote your skills and accomplishments and to articulate your career goals in an interview setting.
- Take more initiative when following up and/or when networking and sending initial communications.
- Study and gain exposure to fields in demand: computer science, engineering, healthcare and business.
- Should I list my visa status on my resume? No, your educational and work background will typically indicate that you are an international student.
- When should I reveal my work status? There is no right answer to this. Hiring managers and interviewers should ask appropriate questions during the recruitment process, and you should always answer honestly.
- Are there questions that are illegal for an employer to ask me? Factors like race, gender and age cannot be considered in the interview process. See these Guidelines: Lawful and Unlawful Interview Questions (PDF)
- ForeignMBA.com: lists multinational corporations that sponsor visas
- Monster.com's Global Gateway: contains resources for international students who want to work in the U.S., and U.S. students who want to work abroad.
- Institute for Writing and Rhetoric at Dartmouth
- Rassias Foundation: offers Accelerated Language Programs and regular community programs in English as a Second Language.