International Students

International students

Career resources for international students

Welcome! UW Bothell is a rich international community and is proud to have international students living, working, and pursuing academics on our campus. Career Services is here to support international students seeking professional development opportunities such as internships and employment.

First steps

If interested in building internship and job experience in the US, all international students should:

  1. Know immigration laws related to work and internships for F-1 and J-1 students; understand how to apply for permission for employment and training. (For further employment instructions you will want to work with your CIE adviser).
  2. Visit the UW Bothell Center for International Education (CIE) website for information and forms including Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Check out the CIE events calendar for CPT and OPT workshops.
  3. Know what you have to offer employers (relevant skills and strengths) and articulate your value effectively in your resumes, cover letters and interviews. Make an appointment with Career Services to review your application materials.
  4. Establish a variety of career plans, which could include conducting a strategic job search for opportunities in the US and in your home country.
  5. Utilize a variety of resources, including those listed below.

Job search and information resources

  • UW Bothell Center for International Education (CIE): information on advising, employment, scholarships and other valuable campus resources. You can view the CIE Employment Page as well.
  • Career Services events: Check out information on upcoming career fairs and employer events and review past workshops, including the videos and PowerPoint slides specific to international students.
  • GoinGlobal: U.S. and international access to career guides, conduct job & internship searches, and H-1B visa applications by location, occupation and company name to identify employers seeking to hire international professionals.
  • Major and career information: Use "What Can I Do with This Major" and WOIS, the Washington Occupation Information System, to explore different career paths.
  • Various H-1B Visa Employer sites, FAQs, reports and other visa information:, and 
  • features overseas jobs and international employment opportunities for professionals, expatriates and adventure seekers
  • The Seattle Networking Guide: network with individuals and groups based on your field, interests and goals 
  • FIUTS: Career programming, social support, networking opportunities and more
  • Legal Services: If in need of legal services, please seek advice/counsel from credible immigration and legal resources. It is not advised to take legal advice from online resources, blogs, friends and family members.
  • UW Bothell Campus Library's ESL and International Student Guide provides helpful academic, language, and other resource guides.

Search for jobs & internships

Benefits of an internship

  • You are more likely to land a job in your industry of choice
  • You get extended exposure to a potential employer
  • You gain something substantive to put on a resume
  • You gain a job reference, and hopefully a letter of recommendation
  • You get academic credit

Network via LinkedIn

Connect with alumni and current students through the UW Bothell International Student and Alumni Group

  • Networking is a fantastic and effective strategy to help you find internship and job opportunities in the U.S. and back in your home country.
  • You should always make sure that your LinkedIn profile includes current information and a professional-looking photo.

Career videos for international students