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.
Be sure to visit the ISSS information table to get the information about work options for F-1, J-1, and H-1B visas.
- Learn more about the International Students Flag System
- UMN Job and Internship Fair App
- Video: Succeeding at the University of Minnesota Career Fair
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."