Please make sure to read all of the information on the this site's "Prepare for the Fair" pages, in addition to the information here. We understand that being an international student (one who will eventually require sponsorship in order to work in the U.S.) presents some unique challenges.
To help you respond to those challenges, we have prepared a few resources that are specific to the international student experience at job fairs. Make sure you take full advantage of these as well as visiting your college career center for a resume review and practice introducing yourself.
For further career information and resources for international students, please visit the Career Services website.
International Student Career Fair Preparation Workshops
- Friday, February 1st - Mechanical Engineering rm 1130 - 12pm-1pm
- Friday, February 15th - Bruininks Hall rm 512A - 1pm-2pm
- Tuesday, February 19th - Bruininks Hall rm 330 - 4:30pm-5:30pm
Learn what to expect at the career fairs, tips for researching employers and opportunities, a review of CPT and OPT, and an invaluable chance to practice your self-introduction before you meet recruiters! Staff from Career Services and ISSS will co-present these workshops. It is recommended to attendone of the three workshops. Registration is encouraged on GoldPASS, but not required to attend.
ISSS Information Table
Be sure to visit the International Student and Scholar Services table at the fair for information about work options for F-1, J-1, and H-1B visas.
*ISSS counselors will offer mini CPT and OPT information sessions at the UMN Job & Internship Fair on 2/22 at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm in the Student Lounge.
Identify employers who have expressed a willingness to talk to international students. Learn more about the International Students Flag System
Career Fair Do's and Don'ts for International Students
DON’T begin with "Do you sponsor?"
DO let the employer raise the issue of sponsorship if they are interested.
DON'T begin with "Do you hire international students?"
DO begin with questions that will get a conversation started and let the employer learn what you bring beyond being international.
DON’T begin with "Hi, I'm Punit and I'm from India."
DO begin with an introduction that emphasizes your qualifications for the job and the company.
DON’T begin with "Hi, what does your company do?"
DO showcase the research you have done into the company and your fit for it.
DON'T go up to talk to recruiters in groups or pairs.
DO go one at a time.
Answering common employer questions about sponsorship
"Do you need sponsorship?" or "Do you need work authorization?"
- "My education visa covers me for internships. I don't need any authorization or sponsorship from an employer."
- "My education visa covers me for X months during which time I do not need authorization or sponsorship from my employer. After that I would need my employer to file for a work visa, but I expect by that time to have really demonstrated my value and my fit for your company."
- "I would not require sponsorship or any additional paperwork or expense to work for you as an intern. If, as I hope happens, I do such a great job that you want to keep me on for full time, then I would ultimately need sponsorship."