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International Students

International students have unique situations as they begin their career exploration and planning or internship/job search in terms of work authorization and employment eligibility if they hope to stay in the United States. You are strongly encouraged to connect with the Gustavus CICE for assistance. Career Development is also available for questions. Call (507-933-7575) or stop in to schedule an appointment with a Career Development Specialist.

International Students – Career & Internship Resources

Searching for a job or internship requires the utilization of several resources and strategies. In addition to the resources provided on the Career Industry Areas, Internships, and Job Search pages, see below for additional guidance for international students.

Historical Career Outcomes

Access previous job titles, companies and career outcomes for the past 3 years of Gustavus international students. Gustavus log in is required, click here.

Tips to Support Your Search

  • Promote your experiences including the ability to work in diverse situations and teams, critical thinking, communication and multilingual abilities, creativity and worldly perspective.
  • Be willing to advocate for yourself AND ask for help. Gustavus staff, faculty and fellow international students can share their knowledge of the internship or job search process. Educate yourself on student visa guidelines and immigration processes and be prepared to communicate this information to potential employers
    • Guidelines related to Curricular Practical Training and Occupational Practical Training (OPT) are different, and differ by degree level as well as area of major. Most OPT opportunities will provide 12 months of employment eligibility, additional time is allotted for STEM majors. 
  • Build connections off campus. International Gustavus alumni can serve as supporters, provide resources and can share their experiences with the search process.
  • Enhance your skills and hands on learning through on/off campus employment, volunteering, internships and student involvement.
  • See the guidelines for international student internships here. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is required for F-1 visa status students seeking off-campus employment, paid or unpaid internships, fellowships or research opportunities and must be completed for credit and registered with both CICE and the Center for Career Development. Guidelines for CPT can be found here.

General Resources

5 Tips for Navigating the H-1B Visa Process

Each year, thousands of international students apply for H-1B visas—temporary non-immigrant visas that allow individuals to work in the U.S. Since only a limited number of H-1Bs are given out each year, the H-1B visa process can be stressful, not …

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Contact & Location


Johnson Student Union 209
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm