If Americans find job searching overwhelming and difficult here, then it can be even more so as an international student. But just keep in mind that engineers are in high demand in the United States. To get started, schedule an appointment with Keriann Ketcham from OVIS at Dartmouth or Thayer Career Services via Handshake. You can learn about the best resources, tools and strategies to ensure you are set up for success in the United States.
For the most up to date information, refer to:
- OVIS: Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration Services
*Your direct contact at OVIS: Schedule here with Keriann Ketcham
*You may request to join trainings and find other specific information via iDartmouth
* International Student QUICK GUIDE (*currently being updated).
Find out about each company’s work authorization requirements before applying to any job or internship.
Keep in mind:
Generally, international students can’t work for the U.S. federal government, for the majority of U.S. state and local government agencies, or for private companies contracted by the government.
Here's a list of companies that hired our international students.
The list below is a sample of the differences you may encounter throughout the interview process:
Choosing to spend time abroad is a great way to acquire language skills and to prepare for work in an increasingly globalizing world. Thayer Career Services will help you evaluate your goals and will connect you to the best resources so you can determine if this is the right path for you.
Working Or Interning Abroad
The resources below will help you organize your search
Engineering Specific Opportunities
The majority of service opportunities are unpaid, although room and board is sometimes provided. Duration can be anywhere from two weeks to two years (e.g. Peace Corps). For those who are interested in the helping professions and/or working with underserved populations, volunteering is one of the best ways to gain hands-on experience.
Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language (TEFL or TESL) is a great opportunity to spend more time abroad (anywhere from a few months to more than two years). Programs are available at different academic levels, and for certified or non-certified teachers, though a college degree is typically required as well as some teaching/tutoring experience.
Scholarships and Fellowships