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Employment prospects

In the USA there are options to work part-time on campus during your first year of study. You can also explore opportunities for sponsorship following your studies.

International students in the USA can work in a job on campus up to 20 hours a week. Many students find that their time is better spent taking internships or practical training, which allows them to work for university credit in a job in a related field. Nearly every university, even those not located in big cities, has employees dedicated to helping students secure internships. All USA universities also offer extra-curricular activities that provide real-world job experience. 

Another option that appeals to many students is to broaden their study experience through semester or summer-long study abroad and exchange programs, offered by most universities as well as outside study abroad providers. Following graduation, students on an F-1 visa can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows them to work in their chosen field for 12-24 months after completing their studies. 

Some companies may even sponsor students for a H1-B Temporary Worker Visa, allowing them to continue living in the USA as long as they work for that company. Most USA institutions have a career services department staffed with professionals focused on helping students with their résumé, teaching job interview skills, and helping them find job opportunities.

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Part-time jobs

Becoming an international student often entails a large financial investment. Supplement your income by taking part time jobs to help you pay for your living costs, and even build your savings.

Internships

Internships are important because of the competitive job market internationally. We at IDP have a few tips to help your chances of success and help you land your dream work experience.

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