Resources for International Students

Career Advising

Walk-in Advising

Monday to Friday,10am - 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 critique

Advising Appointments

Students can meet with advisors for more specific career-related topics beyond what is covered during walk-in advising such as:

Learn more about your Career Advisors and their specializations at the staff directory page prior to making an appointment.  Note: appointments are only released 3 days in advance.  For example: Monday appointments are released on Friday. Advising appointments can be made through Port Triton.

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 resident assistant, peer educator, and other mentor-type positions 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.

Tips for On-Campus Employment

F-1 and J-1 students are eligible for on-campus employment. Please see the ISPO website to make sure you meet the authorization conditions for on-campus employment prior to applying for a position. If you are unsure of your work eligibility, please check with the ISPO office.

Job Search Portals

Port Triton
All paid on-campus positions are posted on Port Triton

Research Experience & Applied Learning (REAL) Portal

Includes paid and unpaid opportunities focused around research, service learning, entrepreneurial, leadership, and other co-curricular experiences

Timeline for applying

Peer mentor/advising program recruitment usually start in winter or spring quarter for the following year.  Non-peer and administrative positions are posted based on need throughout the year so you should keep checking on a weekly basis to see new positions.

How to search for on-campus positions

  1. Click on Jobs/Internships on the left column
  2. Click on Port Triton Jobs/Internships
  3. Select Advanced Search
  4. For Position Type, select "On-Campus: Work-Study not required but may be used".
  5. Apply to positions of interest that are affiliated with any UC San Diego department or office.
  6. Stop by the Career Center to during walk-in advising (M-F 10am-3pm during the quarter) to get your resume and cover letter (if required) critiqued.

Types of student positions include but are not limited to: resident assistant, peer advisor, lab assistant, social media/marketing assistant.  Students should look at the working title and job description to understand the overall duties of the position and find positions that may give you relevant skills for future jobs and internships.  For example, students interested in business or finance may be interested in 'accounting associate' or 'accounting clerk' positions. 

Tips for Off-Campus Employment

Off-campus internships and employment are opportunities to develop job-related skills and experiences that will help you be more competitive for full-time positions after graduation. 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.  

Learn about job industries

Many employers will post and recruit for internship opportunities 2-3 quarters in advance, depending on the industry.  Start learning about your specific industry early. Tools to learning about industries/companies:

  • Vault.com: provides in-depth information on specific industries, company, or profession.  Access: initial acces through Port Triton, under My Online Career Tools.
  • GoinGlobal: provides information on companies sponsoring H1-B visas, work permit & visa requirements, and job/internship postings.  Access: initial acces through Port Triton, under My Online Career Tools.
  • Company Directories: a list of resources to look up companies. ACCESS: Some resources require connection through the UCSD VPN if trying to access the subscriptions off-campus.
  • Glassdoor: Search job listings, anonymous salary details for any job or company.

Job search strategies

  • Get your resume and cover letter critiqued during Walk-in Advising (M-F 10am-3pm during the quarter)
  • Create a Porfolium account to showcase your experience and projects
  • Connect with an alumni mentor through the Alumni Advisor Network
  • Attend the quarterly career fair to meet with company recruiters
  • Use other job search tools to find opportunities
  • Additional internship resources and tools can be found at the Internship Supersite.

Avoiding Scams

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.

Tips for Employment After Program Completion

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.

Preparation

  • Career preparation workshops and events
  • Get your resume and cover letter critiqued during Walk-in Advising (M-F 10am-3pm during the quarter)
  • Create a Porfolium account to showcase your experience and projects
  • Connect with an alumni mentor through the Alumni Advisor Network
  • Attend the quarterly career fair to meet with company recruiters
  • Attend employer information sessions as an opportunity to connect with employers
  • Use biginterview to prepare for interview questions based on type and industry and practice interviewing

Work Authorizations and Visa Resources

  • F-1 students: apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Attend an ISPO offers employment workshops to go over the OPT process
  • 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
  • MyVisaJobs.com 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.
  • RedBus2US.com provides information and experiences for international students and professionals looking to study, work and live in the US
  • VisaDoor is a central visa database of employment based green cards, H-1B visa, student visa, immigration attorneys, etc.

Job Search

  • Use Port Triton and other job search tools to find job opportunities
  • Vault.com: provides in-depth information on specific industries, company, or profession.  Access: initial acces through Port Triton, under My Online Career Tools.
  • GoinGlobal: provides information on companies sponsoring H1-B visas, work permit & visa requirements, and job/internship postings.  Access: initial acces through Port Triton, under My Online Career Tools.
  • Company Directories: a list of resources to look up companies. ACCESS: Some resources require connection through the UCSD VPN if trying to access the subscriptions off-campus.
  • Glassdoor: Search job listings, anonymous salary details for any job or company.

Avoiding Scams

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.

Accepting a job offer

  • 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

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 biginterview.

Explore more career preparation resources and career tools.

Additional Resources

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