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. But, take heart! The subjects you are studying at Thayer—technology, engineering, healthcare and business—are in demand in the United States. To get started, drop by our office (or write us an email) 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
Students enrolled in ENG390 are eligible to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to meet coursework requirements.
- Your ability to communicate clearly and correctly is the number one skill employers seek. Perfect your English at the Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, take a class at the Rassias Foundation, and make an appointment with us so we can review your communications (e.g., cover letters, resume, and networking emails) in advance.
- Consider higher education opportunities: your international experience, cultural competence and language skills are desirable.
- Consider working at a multinational corporation. For example, Carbon Recycling International, Novo Nordisk, Accenture, 3M, and Microsoft recruit at Thayer.
Job Search Strategies
- Check out each company’s work authorization requirements before applying to any job or internship.
- Keep in mind: generally, international students can’t work for the U.S. federal government, for the majority of U.S. state and local government agencies, or for private companies contracted by the government.
- Check out our list of companies that hire international students.
Common Cultural Differences
The list below is a sample of the differences you may encounter throughout the interview process:
- In the United States, interviewers appreciate a firm handshake, maintaining eye contact, and directness in communication. It’s appropriate to discuss strengths, weakness and personal experiences that relate to the conversation. Schedule a mock interview with us so you can practice!
- During the interview, it is more than acceptable to engage in an exchange of witty banter and a discussion of lighter topics.
- It is customary to follow up with employers regarding the status of an application.
- 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? This depends. 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? Yes: visa type, nationality, place of birth, citizenship, and inquiries into your native language are off limits. Factors like race, gender and age cannot be considered in the interview process. See these Guidelines: Lawful and Unlawful Interview Questions
- GoinGlobal: provides country specific employment and career information that is updated daily
- 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
- Foreign Labor Certification Data Center
Resources at Dartmouth
- Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
- Rassias Foundation: offers Accelerated Language Programs and regular programs in English as a Second Language
- Dartmouth's Graduate Studies program offers support for multilingual graduate students as they write seminar papers, articles for publication, theses, dissertations, and grant applications. To make an appointment for a conference, contact the multilingual writing specialist, Dr. Melina Gehring.