International Students

The Career & Professional Development Center helps international students navigate the U.S. work environment and acclimate to American work culture through individual career coaching and specialized programs. Career guidance for international students can focus on career exploration, professional readiness, resume/cover letter help, job and internship search, U.S. interviewing, as well as how to handle Visa questions from employers. To learn more about us make an appointment with a career coach.

For F-1 and J-1 visa holding students, you MUST receive work authorization from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) prior to beginning any employment. Contact ISSS for approval and/or further questions.

What do I need to know about work authorization in the United States before I apply for internships and jobs?

Many employers are not aware of U.S. Visa policy, so you may be responsible for explaining these requirements to employers to help them understand the process and make it easier for them to hire you. International Student & Scholar Services Website and workshops can give you this knowledge so that you can accurately speak about your work authorization requirements with an employer. Specifically, you should familiarize yourself with the details regarding CPT (Curricular Practical Training) and OPT (Optional Practical Training) so that you can articulate them to an employer. If you have any questions about your work authorization status in the United States, please contact International Student & Scholar Services for their support.

How much English do I need to know in order to get an internship or a job in the United States?

The ability to speak and write English well is a top requirement for most employers; however, each company may require different levels of English speaking and writing ability.

Here are some suggestions for practice:

How can I get more information to help me explore careers and identify opportunities?

Asking for advice and information from professionals will help you explore careers and identify opportunities. If you’re nervous about reaching out to contacts, your Career Coach can assist you.

Consider these networking opportunities:

How do I research local and global job markets to help me define career path options?

Research local and global internships and jobs by using the following online resources, provided by the Career & Professional Development Center in the Resource tab in Handshake including GoingGlobal and CareerShift.

How can I be most successful while job and internship searching in the United States?  

Have a positive attitude. Be able to seek and accept feedback to improve your professional image and be persistent in your job and internship search. When faced with a setback, analyze and modify your strategy, seek feedback, stay positive, and don’t give up. If you need additional support, please make an appointment with a Career Coach. Come by SSB 350, call 801-581-6186, or Schedule a Career Coach Appointment.

Campus Resources

410 Olpin Union

200 S. Central Campus Dr.

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


International Student Clubs and Organizations

The University of Utah offers many opportunities for the international community to be actively engaged in the campus community. Joining a club is a good way to make friends and become more connected to life on campus.

The International Student Council (ISC) club is designed to meet some of the social needs of international students. Members of the Council come from many different nations and organize regular activities for the international community, such as International Week, International Night, meetings every Friday night in the Union Building and other activities. You can get more information at Orientation or the Facebook page on this great group of students.

The Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) is the University Student Government. They oversee all student clubs and organizations. Please go to the ASUU webpage for student organizations to see a full list of the student clubs and organizations to learn more about them and see how you can get involved.

Consider getting involved with the following ASUU student clubs and organizations:

Community Resources

We understand these resources may not cover all of your questions. To talk further about these resources or other topics, login to Cranium Café (ConexEd) to make an appointment with any available Career Coach if you are a current student or login to Handshake to make an appointment with our Alumni Career Coach if you are an alum. We also know that the content we have shared here is not exhaustive and that resources on identity are continually evolving. If you would like to share your comments or suggestions with us to help us improve our content, please email us at We welcome your feedback anytime.


Please contact our team to learn more.