Finding an internship as an international student has its challenges but it is not impossible! I myself have faced problems in this area. Many students are excited to start a career and wish to build a strong resume during college. I was very excited to find an internship and applied for several in many different organizations when I was just a freshman. I got accepted by my dream organization but couldn’t proceed with it due to some requirements that I hadn’t fulfilled.
I was really disappointed at first because I was looking forward to starting an internship. Instead of giving my hopes up, I decided to meet up with an international advisor, Mrs. Sarah Brockmeyer, who explained to me in detail how international students should go about getting and proceeding with an internship. My first suggestion is to meet up with an international advisor at least once every quarter so you are aware of the process involved in getting an off campus job and how to plan your quarter accordingly.
Although I might not be able to explain in depth about the rules associated with getting a job like an advisor or expert would, I will try my best to do so. International students must ensure the internship is related to your major and if you are able to receive course credits for the internship. If you are an F-1 student, for each internship you do, you need to get a CPT (Curricular Practical Training) i.e. an off campus work authorization because you are coming here on a student not a working visa.
While the process is longer for an international student, don’t let this intimidate you. Santa Clara University provides their students with the necessary support and ensures that international students have the opportunity to find an internship. The advisors are always there to offer advice regarding anything that concerns you and SCU hosts several internship and job workshops every year that can help you make connections. In addition to the several workshops SCU provides on-campus job opportunities that help to prepare students for the professional world. There are many different places to work on campus including the library, Benson, and the postal office. Students can also be research assistants, student assistants or student admins. You can check out more using this link. Don’t stress over finding internships at the moment, just enjoy your first year of college! But when the time comes to start looking for an internship, keep in mind that we are always here to help you guys out.
Links to resource:
International Student & Scholars Employment information https://scu.edu/globalengagement/international-students/working--academic-internships/