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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 Librarries Guide system.

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

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Fall 2017

Download a Fall 2017 GW International Students Career Programs flyer (PDF)

Register in Handshake for all of the following events for GW international students:

U.S. Job Search Success for International Students
Wednesday, September 6
4:00-5:00pm Meet with the presenter if you have questions.
Marvin Center Room 309
Understand the U.S. job market and increase your competitiveness by
learning top job-search strategies for success. Specialized international
student job-search resources will be reviewed and participants will craft
and practice their professional introduction to potential employers.

Writing US Resumes & Cover Letters for International Students
Thursday, September 7
3:30-4:30pm Meet with the presenter if you have questions.
Marvin Center Room 307
Learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter to succeed
in the U.S. job market. Review standard resume formats, identify
appropriate information to include, and write draft descriptions of your
past experiences and accomplishments to demonstrate your top skills
to potential employers.

International Students: Prepare for the Career Fair
Tuesday, September 12
3:30-4:30pm Meet with the presenter if you have questions.
Marvin Center Room 309
Prepare for the Fall Career & Internship Fair on September 13.
Understand the U.S. job market to increase your competitiveness by
learning top U.S. search strategies. Specialized international student
resources will be reviewed and participants will write and practice a
professional introduction to employers.

Fall Career & Internship Fair
Wednesday, September 13, 1:00-5:00pm
Charles E. Smith Center
At this event, students and alumni will have the opportunity to meet, on average, more than 100 company representatives who will discuss their organizations and possible internships and job opportunities.  Employers who register for the events reflect available openings and the required qualifications. Prior to attending, international students and alumni should review the employers registered for the fair in Handshake to learn of the eligibility and visa status requirements for employment.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) & the Internship Search
Tuesday, October 3, 11:00am–12:30pm
Marvin Center Room 307
Learn about the internship and job search and how to apply for
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work authorization in the United States.
Cosponsored with the International Services Office.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) & the Job Search
Thursday, October 5, 11:00am–12:30pm
Marvin Center Room 309
Identify strategies for a successful job search in the United States
and learn how to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work
authorization. Cosponsored with the International Services Office.

All About Networking for International Students
Thursday, October 12
3:30-4:30pm Meet with the presenter if you have questions.
Marvin Center Room 307
Learn about the #1 U.S. job search strategy: networking! Identify
strategies to develop your verbal communication skills to promote
yourself to potential U.S. employers. Clarify your top skills and talents
and practice networking with fellow students and others to enhance your
job search and career success.

How to Interview in the U.S. for International Students
Monday, October 16
3:30-4:30pm Meet with the presenter if you have questions.
Marvin Center Room 309
Understand the U.S. interview experience and identify interview formats,
questions, and communication strategies. Practice your interview
greeting and handshake, and identify responses to questions from
employers in this interactive workshop designed to build your interview

Register in Handshake for all workshops, events and career fairs.

Peer Assistance: Meet the International Student Career Ambassadors (ISCA)

GW International Student Career Ambassadors

L-R: Hae Jin Son (ESIA), Hermella Tekle (GSPM), Vaibhav Jain (CCAS), Sebastian Maag Pardo (ESIA)

To supplement the support provided by career coaches at the university's career services centers, the International Student Career Ambassadors (ISCA) are here on campus to help you with peer-to-peer career advising, including resume and cover letter critiques.

Drop-in Hours

Mon & Tues: 10am-5pm
Wed: 10am-12pm, 3pm-5pm
Thurs: 1pm-5pm
Fri: 10am-4pm

Location: Science & Engineering Hall Lobby
Contact: gwisca@gwu.edu
Follow: Twitter / Facebook

Meet our International Student Career Ambassadors

Vaibhav Jain is a junior in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences studying economics and international affairs with a concentration in international development. Most recently, he spent three months in Germany trying to improve his German. For the second half of his college, he seeks to travel more. In his free time he enjoys listening to Qawwalis and reading.
Hae Jin Son is a senior pursuing a major in international affairs with a concentration in Asia at the Elliott School. She is originally from South Korea, and her previous professional experience include interning for World Federation of United Nations Associations secretariat, Korea Innovation Center, and Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. Hae Jin was a participant of the GW Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program 2014 - 2015 and was a recipient of 2017 Marcia Rosenthall Internship Fellowship Award.
Hermella Tekle, ISCA Graduate Fellow, is from Ethiopia and is currently studying strategic public relations in the Graduate School of Political Management where she also serves as a student senator in the GSPM Student Association. Hermella earned her bachelor’s degree from Colby-Sawyer College, majoring in history and political studies, and worked as a student tutor and teaching assistant for political science, writing, religion studies, and philosophy classes. During her senior year, she established the first NGO in Ethiopia that works to empower young women to be leaders in their communities. In her free time, Hermella enjoys yoga, hiking, and traveling.
Made possible by the Shenkman Career Services Fund and sponsored by the GW Career Services Council in partnership with the W. Scott Amey Career Services Center and the Center for Career Services

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

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 excusively 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 iinformation 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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