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International Student Assistance

The GW Center for Career Services supports the career and employment goals of our students and alumni and helps link them to potential employers.   Through the Center’s programs and services, international students can identify their career interests and build career and employment skills to succeed in the U.S. marketplace or in their home country. 

The Center assists international students seeking part-time opportunities, internships, Curricular or Optional Practical Training, or employment, within the limitations of U.S. immigration and labor regulations. Often the job search experience for international students presents unique and unexpected career and employment challenges.  Visit the Center for Career Services to learn how to enhance your career and employment options, and take advantage of all your U.S. experiences to build your career skills for the future.

Campus Academic Resources for International Students

Information about academic resources for international students at the university is available via the GW Libraries Guide system.

International Student Community Ambassadors (ISCA)

The ISCAs are international students who are committed to improving the student life experience of all GW international students by providing peer assistance services to facilitate mentorship, acculturation, engagement, and professional development. Services include career advising, resume and cover letter assistance, and workshops on professional topics such as interviewing and networking.

Part-time Student Employment at GW

The Student Employment section provides information regarding part-time employment at campus departments within the university.

Resources for International Students

Career Events for International Students

Fall 2018

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) & the Internship Search
Tuesday, September 25
Marvin Center 309

STEM Career Lab: Job Search Strategies - Focus on International Students
Monday, October 1
12:30-1:30pm or 2:00-3:00pm
SEH 1630

Optional Practical Training (OPT) & the Job Search
Wednesday, October 3

Interviewing in the US for International Students
Tuesday, October 16
Marvin Center 302

All About Networking for International Students
Wednesday, October 24
Marvin Center 309

Communication & Culture in the US Workplace for International Students
Tuesday, November 6
Marvin Center 302

Spring 2019


Careers & Employment in the United States

Engage in the Life of the University

Learn about the U.S. Workplace

  • To learn about the U.S. workplace, meet and engage with Americans
  • Pursue an on campus job to experience the U.S. workplace firsthand
  • Develop English proficiency to succeed in the workplace, practice at every opportunity
  • Learn about the U.S. workplace through reading, networking, and internships

Learn about American Culture

  • Volunteer in the community and attend DC activities
  • Plan to meet new people, ask questions
  • Reflect on your experiences

Focus Early on Careers and Job Search Preparation

Learn and Understand U.S. Visa Restrictions

  • Maintain your visa status via the International Services Office and to learn about Curricular Practical Training
  • Learn the legal and employment restrictions associated with your visa status and the impact on your pre- and post-graduation employment options
  • Prepare to explain your visa guidelines to potential employers
  • Plan ahead and follow the required deadlines for any government and employment applications
  • Be realistic about options for U.S. employment and develop an alternate employment plan

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F-1 STEM OPT Extension & E-Verify

  • An international student who received a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM (PDF)) from GW, an accredited Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified school (PDF), may apply for an extension of their OPT while in a period of post-completion OPT.
  • STEM OPT students must work for an employer that is enrolled and in good standing with E-Verify.
  • While a STEM OPT student may change employers, the new employer must be enrolled and in good standing with E-Verify before the student begins STEM OPT employment. EADs issued to F-1 STEM OPT students state “STU: STEM OPT ONLY.”

Review participating employers in E-Verify

Global Careers & Employment

Passport Career

Passport Career is an exclusive online career resource for exploring opportunities around the world. Whether you are seeking a job, an internship, volunteer work, or are studying abroad, this resource provides extensive guidance, strategies, tools and support to help you make your international career move.

To access Passport Career: Log in to the Resources section in your Handshake profile - you will find instructions on how to register, including the registration key exclusively for GW students and alumni, and tips to get started.

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Find Jobs in China

This online recruitment platform allows Chinese students to search for jobs and internships in China. In addition to postings, the platform includes useful tips and resources, along with free online pre-employment classes for job seeking preparation in China‘s job market (in both Chinese and English).

To access: Log in to the Resources section in your Handshake profile - you will find instructions on how to access Find Jobs in China.

Presentations & Handouts

International Students Careers Newsletter Archive

About the International Student Careers Newsletter

The newsletter, sent out every two weeks during the academic year provides information for GW international students related to the U.S. job market, the intern and job search, careers, employer information sessions, networking, and opportunities both here and abroad.

I hope that you find it useful.  Please let me know what you think.

Anne ScammonBest regards,
Anne Scammon
Managing Director, Curricular and Strategic Initiatives
GW Center for Career Services

Fall 2017

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