International students offer employers language skills, unique global viewpoints, and cross-cultural awareness of world markets
Hiring International Students

International students do not require visa sponsorship to work once they graduate; depending on the student they have up to 12-36 months of U.S. work authorization after graduation depending on the field.  

Hiring International students for internships do NOT require visa sponsorships. Authorization is granted by the university through the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) through Curricular Practical Training (CPT). International students may participate in multiple experiences during their college experience.

The internship must relate to the student’s academic program and they must pursue academic credit alongside the internship. It’s the student’s responsibility to apply for CPT and get the internship experience authorized by the university, a process that can take up to two weeks depending on the time of year.

Documentation is needed and a best practice is for employers to provide an offer letter to the student outlining the terms of employment and also complete an Internship Memorandum of Understanding.

When considering hiring International Student for full-time positions, see the guidelines below:

  • Time Allotment/Duration: After 2 semesters/1 academic year and completing degree, students can work up to 12 months full time. (36 months in approved STEM fields) 
  • Student Requirements: Begin Optional Practical Training (OPT) application 3 months prior to anticipated start date 
  • Employer Requirements: None 
  • Cost to Employer: $0

  • Time Allotment/Duration: Valid for three years and can be extended for an additional three years 
  • Student Requirements: Students cannot apply on their own but must work with their employer to provide the documents required for visa sponsorship
  • Employer Requirements: Follow steps toward H-1B visa sponsorship
  • Cost to Employer: Varies $460 to $3,460. Additional fees for optional attorney assistance