Resources for International Students

Career Advising and Campus Resources

The Career Education and Advising team at Career Services Center empowers students to develop and utilize their self-awareness, professional development skills, and resources to identify and pursue career objectives.  Students can meet with advisors on various career-related topics. Learn more about your Career Advisors and their specializations at the staff directory page.

Get career advice and information on topics such as:

  • Choosing or changing your major
  • Planning your job search
  • Finding a job or internship
  • Interviewing & negotiation
  • Utilizing self-assessment tools 
  • Deciding on a career
  • Networking effectively
  • Changing career direction
  • Making the most of a job fair
  • Applying to professional & graduate school

Other services include drop-in peer advising, resume and application essay critique, job and internship listings, alumni advisor network, industry networking events and workshops, and job fairs.  Students can make advising appointments through Port Triton.

Walk-in Advising: Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm during the academic quarter. Meet with a Career Peer Educator for advising related to:

  • Your Triton Career Action Plan
  • Interview preparation
  • Job & internship search
  • Resume & cover letter evaluation

The International Students &Programs Office (ISPO) offers a wide array of services and programs for international students and their dependents at UC San Diego in an effort to support their legal stay in the USA and help them achieve their personal,academic, and professional goals. One of the services provided by the office is guidance on immigration issues, visa process, work authorization, CPT, OPT, and other issues around working in the US. Please meet with an international student advisor for advice and questions concerning those issues.  

The Outreach Coordinator Department works in the colleges to assist non-resident students with their transition to UC San Diego and helps students get acclimated to campus life and California culture. The focus is on International and Out-Of-State students, but the office also outreach to California students as well to create campus community and give students the opportunity to meet others from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Building Skills

When evaluating candidates, employers look for strong communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills acquired in a variety of settings. It is important to develop these skills and learn how to articulate them.

Communication Skills

Effective communications skills are important in any situation and are applied in writing emails, giving presentations, making phone calls, participating meetings, and more. If you lack fluency in English, take practical steps to improving them with the many campus resources.

Leadership Skills

Leadership encompasses multiple aspects which include making decisions with consensus, delegating tasks, influencing others, creating innovative solutions, and taking informed risks. Students that develop leadership skills are able to make a positive impact within their student organizations, classes, and community. Students can look into taking on an active role in student organizations, develop leadership and commuication skills through the Center for Community Involvement, or become a peer educator, a position offered by various offices on campus.     

Interpersonal Skills

Individuals with strong interpersonal skills contribute to a work environment of mutual trust and respect by building and maintaining positive working relationships with their colleagues. Interpersonal skills includes offering assistance to colleagues, listening to others attentively, speaking tactfully, and resolving conflicts. Here are some practical ways to build your interpersonal skills: get involve and be active in group projects, student organizations, and team building activities, develop friendships with students of different background and learn about other cultures.

Academic Preparation

Choose a major or specialization that will provide you the skills needed for your intended career. Learn more about what you can do with your major.

Find a Job & Internship

On-Campus Jobs

In general, all F-1 students are eligible for on-campus employment upon obtaining F-1 status. The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) has guidelines on the conditions for on-campus employment. If you are unsure of your work eligibility, please check with ISPO.

All on-campus positions are posted on Port Triton. Many on-campus departments will recruit for academic year positions starting in winter or spring quarter of the previous term.  However, positions are constantly posted so you should keep checking back if you do not see any positions. To search and apply for these positions:

  1. Click on Jobs/Internships/On-campu interviews on the left column.
  2. Click on Port Triton Jobs/Internships.
  3. For Position Type, select "On-Campus: Work-Study not required but may be used".
  4. Apply to positions of interest that are affiliated with UC San Diego department or office.

Internship Search

Internships offer the opportunity to develop job-related skills and experiences that will help you be more competitive for full-time positions. Many employers will post internship opportunities 2-3 quarters in advance, so it is important to start researching opportunities early.

Paid internships opportunities are an option for F-1 visa students after one academic year and require Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Paid internship opportunities can be found through Port Triton.  Internships for academic credit can be found through the Academic Internship Program.  

Additional internship resources and tools can be found at the CSC Internship Supersite.

Full-time Job Search

Allow adequate time in your job search as securing a full-time job can start as early as 2-3 quarters prior to graduation. In addition to applying to jobs online, there are several resources you can take advantage of to help you throughout your job search.

  • Career Center workshops and events: We offer various workshops during the academic year on topics including "Acing the Phone Interview: Tips for Success", "Marketing YOU to the World", and other job preparation workshops.  We also offer industry networking nights and employer information sessions as an opportunity to connect with employers.
  • Attend Career Fairs to connect with recruiters.
  • Make sure to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in order to work in the U.S. for at least 12 months post graduation. ISPO offers employment workshops to go over the OPT process.
  • Network with alumni through the Alumni Advisor Network.
  • Access Port Triton to apply for full-time opportunities.
  • Going Global is an online database with domestic and international job listings, job search resources, and more. View the H1B section for a list employers that have sponsored visas by each state and major metro areas. Access through Port Triton.
  • allows you to learn which employers have utilized H-1B visas for a three-year period and also provides other excellent resources.
  • USCIS H-1B Cap will allow you to monitor the number of available H-1B visas and provides helpful information.
  • Evaluating an Offer – carefully consider your job offer and inquire about the timeline for making a decision. Address any concerns with the employer and any accommodations prior making the decision. Once you accept an offer, be professional in your conduct and decline other job offers to avoid confusion.
  • Explore more career preparation and job search resources.

Top tips for job search and interviewing

Job Search

Protect Yourself!  The great majority of employers are honest, but for those employers who are not, be aware of these security tips:
  • Never pay a recruiter or an employer for a job
  • Never supply bank account, social security number or credit card information
  • If the job sounds too good to be true, it probably is (examples, “no experience necessary” “ earn money fast”)
  • When you are in doubt, ask a career counselor or Google the company name with the word “scam.”

For more information, please visit our Fraudulent Postings and Preventative Measures page.


Interviewing Strategies

During the interview, you will be expected to verbally communicate your interest in the position, your qualifications, explain related examples of your work and show your personality.

For advice and resources for interviewing, please review the Interviewing Section for more information. Also, consider the following tips as you prepare for your interviews:

  • Don't apologize for your accent. Make strides to improve your English skills if you are a non-native speaker but practice your interviewing skills to build your confidence.
  • Emphasize positive aspects of your international background. Certain employers are seeking to expand to global markets. Your cultural background may be an asset to these employers.
  • Practice, record and get feedback using Big Interview, which you can access through Port Triton.

Explore more career preparation and job search resources.

Additional Resources

For additional help, come into the Career Services Center for drop-in hours or schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor via Port Triton.