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What are some career resources available for international students?

We also have a page for Undocumented Students who need career resources.

As International Students, there is a possibility for finding career opportunities in the United States. However, International Students must keep in mind that they should abide by the requirements of any visa or permit they are under.

International Students should contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISS). You can read their mission statement below:

International Student and Scholar Services, part of the Division of Enrollment Management, is committed to guiding the international student at Brooklyn College. The office aspires to provide high-quality service and support that will help the international student achieve academic and personal success. From welcoming the student on campus to congratulating the student at the graduation ceremony, our staff members help support the international student experience at Brooklyn College.


Information from the Department of State and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency

The Employment Process in the U.S.

It is important to be aware that in the U.S., the job search is self-directed. The Magner Career Center provides support through career and recruiting events, résumé feedback sessions, interview preparation, connecting you with alumni, and more. It is available to students who seek it out, but you still must take a self-directed approach! For more information about the Magner Center services, visit the services page.

Here are some suggestions to help you with your self-directed job search:

  • Research job and internship postings using HireBC accessible via the career tab on portal.brooklyn.edu.
  • Attend Magner Center events where you can meet employers/alumni and network.
  • Network with as many professionals as you can. You will notice that one of the BIGGEST differences between the U.S. employment market and other parts of the world is the reliance on networking.
  • Go to the Job & Internship Fair held each semester.
  • Search for companies that support the hiring of international students (we provide a list of potential companies below).

FAQs for International Students

Should I list my visa status on my résumé?

Your visa status is typically not included on your resume. In many cases, your educational background and work history will show that you are an international student. Hiring managers and online application forms ask the appropriate questions about sponsorship during the recruitment process. Questions that may be asked include:

  • “Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?”
    • Yes, you are, providing you apply for and receive CPT or OPT prior to starting any job or internship.
  • “Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for an employment visa status (ex. H-1B status)?”
    • Yes.

How do I answer when I am asked by an employer about my work authorization as an F-1 student?

Explain that you have the legal right to work in the US for a specific time frame. You should also explain gaining OPT work authorization requires little or no work on the part of the employer, and also does not cost the employer anything. Share that your work authorization can be renewed for another 3-6 years with an H-1B work visa.

If a company says they do not hire international students, should I even apply?

It depends. If the employer is a federal agency or has a contract with a federal agency, they are not legally allowed to hire foreign nationals. But for many organizations that say they do not hire international students, it may mean that they haven’t hired international students yet. You can educate the employers about the hiring process and why they should hire international students by using the information on the Hiring International Students Employer page.

What can I do to make myself a competitive candidate in the application process?

  • In short, take advantage of all of the Magner Center services! These include:
    • Having your resume and cover letters reviewed by a career coach.
    • Participating in mock interviews.
    • If needed, improving your English skills by speaking in class, giving presentations, joining clubs like Smooth Talkers public speaking club, taking courses in the speech department, and expanding your circle of native English speaking friends.
    • Creating and actively using LinkedIn.
    • Networking! (You’re seeing it mentioned frequently for a reason: it’s important!)
  • Other Suggestions include:

List of Employers who have hired International Students

  • 1213 Myrtle Ave Management Corp. DBA Stella Property Management
  • Abid Tax, LLC
  • Amazon.com, Inc. or its subsidiary/affiliate
  • Biolo
  • Brooklyn Bros Corp.
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
  • Cetusdata, LLC
  • Change Group Americas
  • Changing The Present
  • Cisco Systems
  • Citibank
  • Collabera Inc – CIGNA Corporate Services, LLC
  • Da Empire Laundromat Inc.
  • Dash Technologies Inc.
  • Distinct Engineering Solutions, Inc
  • Elsanaa PT PC
  • Ernst & Young
  • Found Objects Music Productions
  • Four Square Labs, Inc
  • Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company
  • HCL America Inc.
  • Honey Science Corporation
  • IHS Market Ltd.
  • Jagone Physical Therapy
  • Kettle Solutions, LLC
  • Left/Right Inc.
  • Lorhan Corporation Inc.
  • Magnimind Academy
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Motion PT Sports Medicine
  • Neurnberger Piano Company
  • NTT Data Services
  • Road to Recovery PT, PC
  • Reach Concept LLC
  • School for creative Judaism
  • Schvvey, Inc. d/b/a Axoni
  • SITA Life
  • SummitWorks Technologies Inc.
  • Tako Corporation
  • Triplenet Energy Advisory Services LLC
  • UBS Business Solutions US LLC
  • University Settlement
  • Xincon Home Health Care Service Inc.
  • YingHua Academy

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