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.

Resources for International Students

Finding 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

Career Programs & Events for International Students

Register for all workshops, programs and events in GWork, GWorkSB or your individual school-based GWork portal. Go to Events>Career Learning Programs (or Career Fairs for the Spring Career & Internship Fair).

Writing U.S. Resumes & Cover Letters for International Students

Wednesday, January 25 | 2:00-3:30pm | Marvin Center 309

In this program international students will learn how to:

  • Write a professional resume and cover letter for the U.S. job market<li>Identify American-style resume and cover letter formats
  • Practice writing about your experiences and accomplishments to demonstrate your skills and talents to potential employers

The International Student Career Ambassadors will help critique resumes and staff from the International Services Office will provide visa advice following the program.


Spring Career & Internship Fair

Thursday, January 26 | 1:00-5:00pm | Smith Center

This fair provides opportunities for GW students and alumni to meet with representatives of more than 100 organizations from a variety of industries that may be recruiting for full-time, part-time, and internship positions, and/or getting their brand out to the attention of GW students and alumni. More information.


International Students: U.S. Job Search Success

Monday, February 6 | 2:00-4:00pm | Marvin Center 307

In this program, international students will learn strategies to successfully navigate the US job market including:

  • Job-search tips and advice
  • How to increase your competitiveness
  • Career resources and pre-professional employment options

The International Student Career Ambassadors will help critique resumes and staff from the International Services Office will provide visa advice following the program.


Curricular Practical Training & the Internship Search for International Students in SEAS, CCAS, & ESIA

Monday, February 13 | 11:00-12:00pm | Marvin Center 308

In this program, international students in Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS), Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) and School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) will learn how to implement an internship or job search and how to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) work authorization in the United States  Cosponsored with the International Services Office


3rd Annual International Student-Alumni Networking Night

Tuesday, February 14 | 6:30-8:30pm | Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

If you are an international student at GW, attend this special event to network with alumni who were international students at GW, and are currently employed in the U.S.  At this interactive program, you will hear firsthand from alumni who successfully navigated the U.S. and/or home country job search as they provide insights and advice about professional and employment success.


Optional Practical Training & the Job Search for International Students in SEAS, CCAS & ESIA

Thursday, February 16 | 2:00-3:30pm | Marvin Center 309

In this program, international students will learn strategies for a successful job search in the U.S. and how to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. Cosponsored with the International Services Office


Interviewing in the U.S. for International Students

Wednesday, February 22 | 2:00-3:30pm | Marvin Center 309

In this interactive program, international students will learn about the U.S. interview process and how to:

  • Identify interview formats, questions, and communication strategies
  • Develop and practice your greeting, handshake
  • Build your confidence about interviewing for positions in the United States

Register for all workshops, programs and events in GWork, GWorkSB or your individual school-based GWork portal. Go to Events>Career Learning Programs (or Career Fairs for the Spring Career & Internship Fair).

Peer Assistance: International Student Career Ambassadors (ISCA)

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

January 30-April 21, 2017

Monday through Thursday, 10am-7pm
Friday, 10am-3pm
Location: Science & Engineering Hall, Rooms 1230 & 1250
Contact: gwisca@gwu.edu
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Meet our International Student Career Ambassadors

Daniel Hernandez Cely is a junior pursuing a double major in international affairs and economics, with a minor in business administration. He is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, and his previous professional experiences include interning for the Financial Advisory Services Team at Deloitte, The Embassy of Ecuador’s Investment and Trade Promotion Office in Washington, DC, and MicroVest Capital Management. Daniel’s career interests are in the fields of investment management, private sector development, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and impact investing.
 
Felipe Chiriboga, a senior from Quito, Ecuador, is pursuing a double major in economics and philosophy. His career goals are focused in economic development, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Some of Felipe’s Professional experiences have included interning for Financial Department at the Quito Stock Exchange and interning this past summer at Bankers Without Borders in Washington DC. At GW, he is involved in the Business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, writes for the GW Hatchet, and plays Club Tennis.
 
Kapil Deshpande is a graduate student from India focusing on a master’s degree in engineering management. His background includes a B.E. in Industrial & Production Engineering, and he has worked in human resources and project managment. An avid sportsman, Kapil has toured the country for Various Badminton tournaments.
 
Hermella Tekle, a graduate student from Ethiopia, 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.
 
Jiani Yang is working on a master’s degree in higher education administration to develop an understanding of dynamics of student affairs, finance, and policy at higher education institutions. In 2015, she graduated from University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English language and literature and has experience as a tutor/mentor with the Pipeline Project.
 
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