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International Students

The Office of Career Management can assist you in your career and internship search.

 

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Competitive Process

Searching for a career while studying in the United States can be a challenge, particularly for students who seek to secure an internship or post-graduate employment in the United States.  As an international student on an F-1 student visa, it is important to remember that you are in the United States for the primary purpose of being a student.   The recruiting/hiring process is highly competitive for both domestic and international students, with international students having the additional challenge of needing sponsorship (H1-B sponsorship) at the time of securing full-time career employment.   

Connecting with Companies

Over the course of your career search, you may find that some companies do not recruit/hire international students.  There are companies that have very rigid policies related to international candidate hiring, there are those companies that will be flexible in making allowances for candidates who are exceptionally prepared and qualified and there will be companies who are immediately open to hiring international candidates (exceptions are more common at the graduate level of study).   Even with these additional visa challenges, international students can be successful when they are proactive, persistent and actively utilizing the resources available to them while they are students in the Fisher College of Business.

Understanding "Soft" Skills

In addition, the U.S.-based job search is heavily dependent on ‘networking’ and ‘relationship building’ and not solely on academics/grades, class ranking, or technical/hard skills.     It is the ‘soft’ skills including interpersonal communication skills, relationship management skills, and leadership that are attractive to prospective employers as well.    International students who quickly understand the nuances of the U.S. job search, hone their language skills, engage with the resources available, and actively network and build relationships with employers are those who will have a greater chance of securing employment.

Bullet FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Bullet International Student Checklist for Success

Finding a job or internship is a time-consuming process that can be challenging for all students, but particularly for international students. The Office of Career Management recognizes these challenges and we are here to help you. It is important to remain positive, proactive, professional and persistent with your search. Use this checklist to determine if you’re taking the necessary steps toward a successful search:

    I stay in touch and meet regularly with a job search consultant in the Office of Career Management.

    Even if you’re not sure what questions to ask, we can help get you started and monitor your progress to ensure that you’re building and maintaining momentum in your search. Stop by Gerlach 150 or call 614-292-6024 to set up an appointment.

    I have a well-focused Career Marketing Plan, resume, job search correspondence and elevator pitch.

    It is important to have a clear focus, so that you can identify target companies and contacts and clearly articulate your strengths, skills and the value you would bring to an employer.

    I am fully engaged in all aspects of the Fisher community, including classroom participation and project work. I am also a highly active participant or have taken a leadership role with student associations and participated in at least one organization that is not related to my home country.

    The classroom experience as well as student association involvement offer excellent opportunities to build your resume, expand your network and push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

    I am actively practicing my English skills to improve both my verbal and written communication skills.

    The ability to communicate well is a top requirement for most employers. Take advantage of opportunities to speak or present in class, participate in case competitions, and practice conversations with English-speaking friends. Learn common business language and phrases. It is important to work with our office to improve your job search correspondence and conduct practice interviews as well.

    I am regularly identifying alumni or other contacts within my target career, companies or industries and sending approach emails requesting informational interviews.

     Asking for advice and information from professionals in your target field or company will help you refine your focus, identify and address any gaps in your background, and ultimately help you uncover opportunities. Remember to ask for advice, not a job. If you’re nervous about reaching out to contacts, the Office of Career Management can provide assistance.

    I have identified and joined trade or industry associations outside of Fisher to expand my network.

    Joining associations and attending their events is an excellent way to meet contacts face-to-face. Use the internet to find local associations, call them up, and ask if they need volunteers to help with their next event, committee work, etc. The associations need not be related to your career path; consider joining an association or club related to your favorite hobby as well.

    I am employing a multi-faceted approach to search for opportunities, rather than relying solely on FisherConnect.

    Relying only on FisherConnect and random on-line job postings is not a productive use of your time. Ninety percent of your efforts should be focused on establishing a clear focus, clearly articulating what value you bring to an employer, building your professional support network, meeting individuals in your target career path, getting involved in associations, conducting informational interviews, and proactively searching for opportunities both in the U.S. and your home country.

    I have a positive attitude and remain professional, proactive and persistent, seeking and accepting feedback as needed to enhance my professional image and gain momentum in my search.

    When faced with a setback, analyze and modify your strategy, seek feedback if possible, stay positive, and don’t give up!

    I am well-versed in immigration policy and can help educate a potential employer on CPT and OPT requirements.

    Many employers, particularly smaller businesses, are not aware of US Visa policy. Explaining these requirements clearly and calmly can help them understand the process and make it easier for them to hire you.

    Not sure how to move forward with any item on this checklist? Stop by Gerlach 150 or call 614-292-6024 to set up an appointment.

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CPT Advice for Graduate Students

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a benefit of your F-1 visa and authorization is required for any off-campus employment (paid or unpaid) in which you wish to engage.  You are not eligible to receive CPT until you have been enrolled in a full time program for three consecutive quarters.

If you are eligible and plan to begin or continue an off-campus internship position, you must apply for or renew your CPT Authorization and your employer must generate a new offer letter each quarterEmployment may not begin until the OIA authorization process is complete.The required steps are detailed below:

1.       Intern Offer Letter:

  • Your internship offer letter must be on company letterhead and must specifically list (if any of these details are missing, CPT will not be authorized):
  1. Position title
  2. Brief description of primary job duties
  3. Specific start and end dates which correspond to the quarter – no earlier than 1st day of classes and no later than the day before the 1st day of class for the next quarter
  4. Amount of hours to be worked per week (may not exceed 20 during the academic quarter)
  5. Physical address of the employment
  6. Name/contact info of person to whom student will report

 

2.       CPT Advisor Recommendation Forms:

  • Once you receive an offer, please email an electronic copy of the letter to Brittany Buxton-Graham for review.  Ask the employer to format the letter per the requirements listed above.
  • Once the letter is in the correct format, you will need to arrange a 30 minute meeting with the Office of Career Management (292-6024) to complete the CPT Application Form that you then take to OIA for CPT authorization and revision of your SEVIS I-20.  

 

3.       Updated your I-20 with the Office of International Affairs:

  • Visit the Office of International Affairs during their Advising Hours with your signed, completed CPT Application Form, I-20(s), Passport and Form I-94 Card.

 

4.       Enroll in designated Internship Course:

  • All off-campus Curricular Practical Training employment will require not only the above, but also enrollment in a designated “internship course” – BUS ADM 889 offered by Fisher in order to meet the requirements laid out in the F-1 Visa Federal Regulations. (Please note that MHRM candidates may substitute BUS MHR 950.01 during Autumn Quarter only).
  • Following the completion of your CPT Application Form and your 30 minute meeting with Career Management, you will be automatically enrolled in this course.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Buxton-Graham.

Undergrad CPT Advice

Temporary employment such as an internship, practicum, alternative work-study, or cooperative education may be authorized under certain circumstances as Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Such training must not only be related to your major field of study but must also be an integral part of your established curriculum still in progress.

Please review the CPT information on the OIA website and attend a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) workshop offered by OIA.


A basic eligibility requirement for CPT is that you must have been lawfully enrolled in a full course of study for at least one academic year.  You must be enrolled as a full-time student during the semester of your part-time CPT work (maximum of 20 hours per week) and enroll in BA 2191 the internship course offered by the Office of Career Management.  If you are on authorized full-time CPT during your annual vacation term (summer), you must be enrolled in BA 2191 the internship course offered by the Office of Career Management during the summer session.

As part of the CPT, you are required to enroll in an internship course during the semester of your internship. You must pay all tuition and fees associated with the course, as well as your student health insurance. Learn more about fees.


If you receive an internship offer, please schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Management by calling 292-6024. You must bring your detailed offer letter (see details on CPT application form) and your CPT application to the appointment. http://oia.osu.edu/pdf/CPT_Application.pdf.

In addition, if your internship is UNPAID there is a document that MUST be completed by your employer to enroll in BA 2191 that you will need to bring to the appointment.

More information about BA 2191 and adding the class.

 

If you have questions, please schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Management at 614-292-6024 or the Office of International Affairs at 614-292-6101

Bullet Going Global

Going Global career and employment resources include world-wide job openings, internship listings, industry profiles and country-specific career information. More than 30,000 pages of constantly-updated content is included on topics such as: work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice, corporate profiles and worldwide job listings... plus much more!

Going Global USA Career Guides and H1B Employer Listings

Accessible on the top menu bar of Going Global, Fisher students also have access to USA/Canada City Career Guides. USA Career Guides contain career and employment resources for the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the USA. Included in this database are job search resources, employment outlook, professional networking groups, cost of living, major employer listings by industry sector, non-profits and volunteer opportunities. In addition, H1B employer listings, searchable by industry, job title and location, are also provided for all 50 states.

Access Going Global and USA/Canada City Career Guides by logging into FisherConnect

Bullet Language Resources

Speaking the native language of the country you are working or studying in is critical to your success and building your confidence in the classroom and your job search.  Practice is your best tool for strengthening your language skills.  These are two resources you can take advantage at Ohio State.

Office of International Affairs

English Conversation Partners Program

Fisher Office of Global Business

Language Programs Rosetta Stone

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