Career Resources for International Students
The Weston Career Center provides career management resources specific to international students to help you design and manage your career action plan – whether you’re intending to work in the United States or are expecting to return to your home region.
As an international student, you bring a diverse set of individual experiences, skills and strengths to the global workplace. The most successful students are those who take an active role in their job search. It’s important to maximize your job search by looking for positions that are directly related to your field of study and are a match to your unique skill set.
Working in the United States
We use many databases and applications to assist students in visa sponsorship, H1B (PDF) and green card application statistics, compensation data and job titles, as well as selected information of foreign workers. Our close partnership with OISS allows us to provide international students with the most updated visa and immigration information and keep them updated on trends.
Nine of our 12 Specialized Masters degrees are STEM-designated, and our Full-Time MBA program has a STEM option. With these degrees, you may be eligible for three years of OPT time (12 months of OPT and 24 months of extension).
Our business development team focuses on the West Coast, East Coast and the central United States, developing relationships to provide opportunities for students to connect to top national employers regardless of location.
Working in Asia
The WCC’s dedicated Asia corporate relations manager works closely with top employers and alumni in Asian markets. WashU Olin has a robust alumni network in China in internet, finance, FMCG, consulting and other industries. With more than 25,000 Olin alumni worldwide, you’ll be part of a strong and supportive alumni network.
Clubs established by many different students and alumni—African, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, LGBTQ, Korean, South Asian and more—create additional support networks and often help with the recruitment of candidates. Throughout the academic year, the Weston Career Center partners with student clubs to offer industry-specific, career-search-focused workshops that prepare students for the real world.
Communication skills and hiring programs
Our Career Stamp program bridges the gap between cultures by giving international students in Specialized Masters programs a feel for the professional norms of US business. It introduces you to a business way of thinking through intensive career preparation and work on professional skills like self-branding and networking.
For all international students, we’ll connect you to lab-based coaching and practice opportunities to prepare you for presentations and interviews. In addition, Washington University’s Office for International Students & Scholars offers a wide range of information and support services, including visa and immigration issues, cross-cultural training and orientation.
We also have a relationship with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an international student and corporate hiring program that assists in attracting and retaining international students to the local workforce.
Support even after you graduate
We offer ongoing support for our alumni’s career development in the United States through the Specialized Masters Programs’ Global initiative, including quarterly roundtable discussions, community space on our propriety platform and lifelong one-on-one career coaching service throughout your career journey.