Resources for International Students

International experience is very attractive to employers, especially large employers with a global presence.  We know that international students bring unique skills and benefits to employers and we also recognize there are unique challenges for international students when it comes to the job search process.

We recommend that international students consider adopting a global job search approach; one that takes advantage of resources to target internship, networking, and job opportunities in their home country, the United States, and the rest of the world.

Whatever path you choose, Graduate Business Career Development (GBCD) is here to help you succeed.  We have provided guidance below to help you begin your journey and develop a plan.

Getting Started

  • Begin your job search early by networking with peers and recent alumni who were also international students, but are now employed in the U.S.
  • Stay abreast of laws regarding your immigration status and be prepared to discuss with prospective employers
  • Practice your English language skills by delivering presentations and participating in classroom discussions, case competitions, and student/professional organizations
    • As you prepare for interviews, consider contacting the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). The CSLC works with students to improve their conversational skills in English through peer tutoring. Additionally, the CSLC maintains a language library and hosts language events throughout the year.
  • Use DOME to make appointments with your Career Coach and explore career opportunities
  • Acknowledge the strengths that you have gained from your international experience:
    • Fluency in multiple languages
    • Cultural awareness
    • Adaptability and flexibility in challenging situations
    • Willingness to relocate anywhere in the U.S. or globally
  • Guide: Networking for International Students
  • Guide: Immigration Presentation

Companies That Have Hired International Students

Cisco Systems
Discover Financial Services
Eli Lily & Company
McKinsey & Company
Southwest Airlines
Whirlpool Corporation

Please download this file to view more companies that have hired international students. 

United States Employment Visa

Never accept or engage in paid or unpaid off-campus employment, internships, fellowships, or other training without prior authorization from International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA). Learn more about work authorizations, including Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Academic Training (AT) on the ISSA website

H1B Sponsorship Resources

International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)

The purpose of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is to enhance the international student experience at the Mendoza College of Business (MCOB) and provide advice to the Graduate Business Career Development office in order to provide effective and successful career development initiatives that are important to international students on campus.

2021-2022 Members:

ISAB Co-Chair: Funmi Owopetu
ISAB Co-Chair: Raghav Agarwal
ISAB Mentorship Chair: Sanjana Hebbar
ISAB Employer Relations Chair: Samriddha Pyakurel
ISAB Programming Chair: Serge Saad
ISAB Communications Director: Sushant Niroula
ISAB Member: Amit Kesherwani
ISAB Member: Nikhil Sarawadekar, Chief International Officer

Join the Board

If you are committed to enhancing the international student experience at the Mendoza College of Business (MCOB) and providing advice to the Graduate Business Career Development office in order to provide effective and successful career development initiatives that are important to international students on campus, we invite all international MBA, MSA, and MSBA students to apply for board membership. International students in these programs will receive a notice in late August when applications are being accepted.

Regular attendance and participation are required, so please make sure that you can attend the meetings and commit the time before submitting your application.

  • Advocate for International students in the MBA, MSBA, and MSA programs
  • Overall management of the Board
  • Establish the agenda and lead all of the ISAB meetings
  • Keep track of all ISAB achievements or important initiatives
  • Follow up with the committee chairs regularly to see if they are on track
  • Draft communications from ISAB
  • Meet bi- weekly with the International Career Development Coach
  • Estimated time commitment: 3 hours per week
Communications Director Responsibilities:
  • Raise awareness of ISAB projects
  • Manage website development and email correspondence
  • Manage ISAB social media account
  • Collaborate with Board Chairs to communicate projects and initiatives
  • Estimated time commitment: 2 hours per week
Secretary Responsibilities:
  • Take meeting minutes and upload them to the designated access point for all ISAB related documentation
  • Facilitate internal communication among ISAB members
  • Oversee note taking and record keeping that occurs within the project groups and ensuring project group notes make it to the designated access point for ISAB related documentation
  • Responsible for compiling an annual report (or PPT) for ISAB project progress and accomplishments
  • Lead ISAB member selection and recruitment efforts
  • Estimated time commitment: 2 hours per week