International Students

For international students who seek employment in the United States, the job market can be tough to break into due to work authorization restrictions and the competitive nature of recruitment for employees. However, international students possess excellent skills and abilities that distinguish them from their American counterparts. Some of these desirable characteristics include global and unique perspectives, living and working experience in another country, and bilingual communication skills. This page is designed to provide you with strategies for decision making and additional resources for making your job search a success.

  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Resume and cover letter feedback
  • Job/Internship search strategy
  • Tips on building your professional network
  • Identifying potential employers in the US or abroad
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Free professional clothes for students with financial need: Career Closet
  • How to talk to employers
  • And much more!
  • Looking for a quick solution to your problems. We cannot provide you with a list of employers, graduate school programs, or jobs that are a fit for you. We can point you toward resources for you to develop your own unique lists.
  • Looking for predictive or omniscient information. We cannot tell you what career path is best for you or what you should do, nor do we have a “test” that will do so. We can discuss strategies for exploring your options and making informed decisions.
  • Looking for academic advisors. Your department or college advisors are able to provide advice about your coursework.
  • Looking for a resume or cover letter writing service. Instead we will help you develop and revise your own resumes and cover letters.

ISS advising specializes in  helping students understand how immigration laws affect them and how to maintain their visa status and benefits, and regularly updates information about the frequently changing rules and regulations affecting international students. The office provides orientation, advising, programs, and documentation services.

  • OPT and CPT workshops and advising
  • Understand your visa regulations and work eligibility
  • Getting settled into the Madison and university communities
  • Class registration and the UW academic system
  • Immigration regulations and rights and responsibilities as a non-immigrant student including document services and SEVIS
  • Student perspectives on student life
  • Cultural adjustment and adaptation
  • University health services and insurance
  • Information on campus resources
  • Tours of campus and libraries
  • Workshops:
    • Getting Connected on Campus & in the Community
    • Academic Issues
    • Talking Across Cultures
    • Career Planning
    • Working in the USA
    • Success Luncheon Series
    • Career Series

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Connecting to Employers in the US

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What Employers Should Know

Employment: Visa Information

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