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International Students


  • Get a Job in the United States: Intern during college and work immediately after graduation
  • Get a Job in a Different Country (Canada, Europe, Australia, etc.)
  • Gap Year: Volunteer, travel, language learning, certification courses
  • Get a Job at Home: Work for a multinational firm and transfer abroad
  • Graduate School: Immediately after Bachelor’s degree
  • Pursue a Fellowship:

Internship & Job Search

  • Make an appointment with your career coach through Handshake. Handshake also has jobs and internships listed that you can apply to, but you should utilize more than just Handshake.
  • Internship and job search resources:
    • Handshake– The Career Center’s online portal for professional opportunities on and off-campus. Use your VUnetID and password to access your account.
    • Interstride– Interactive portal to support international students in their job search, immigration journey, and community building. Use your VUnetID and password to access your account
    • CareerShift– With CareerShift‘s robust company and contact database, users can find current job connections and make meaningful new connections. You can also upload documents, save jobs, and contacts within the system.
    • GoinGlobal– GoinGlobal provides links to H-1B visa employers for every state and is an internship search platform.
    • MyVisaJobs– Using quantitative modeling methods to analyze labor certifications for H1B Visa and new job openings from visa sponsors, provides customized working visa solutions to its users based on their skills and preferences.
    • Uniworld– Uniworld provides contact information for headquarters, subsidiaries, branches, and executives of multinational firms with headquarters in over 200 Countries and 20,000 industries.
    • H1B Grader– Search, and analyze H1B Sponsoring companies, salaries, approvals from millions of records from Official disclosure data by U.S. Dept. of Labor, USCIS.
    • RedBus2US: Information about applying to U.S. schools for M.S., MBA, Ph.D., and F1; applying for an H1B visa, immigration updates, and travel.


Employment & Immigration

  • The most important office on campus for you is the International Student & Scholars Services (ISSS) office. You must keep them informed of your status at all times and check with them first when a question arises.
  • For F1 immigration questions, click here; for J1, click here.
  • For F1 employment (including CPT/OPT) procedures and questions, click here.
  • For J1 employment procedures and questions, click here.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Information on how to apply for and get work authorization and application forms you can download.

Additional Resources

Support and Questions

  • Where can you find support for international students at Vanderbilt? Everywhere! For example, the Career CenterISSSELCCenter for Student Wellbeing.
  • Searching for an internship or a job is a challenging and stressful process for most students, including most American students. Make an appointment with your career coach through Handshake.
  • Do you want to connect with fellow international Vanderbilt alumni? Utilize the Vanderbilt Alumni Association platform VUConnect to find alumni in careers of interest to you.
  • Visit our identity-based page for some great search sites. Make sure to consult with your career coach to talk through how to best use these resources.