Advising Resources on Campus:
Career Advisors are available to meet with international students during regularly scheduled appointments and walk-in hours. Discussions focus on the concentration decision, as well as resume and cover letter development, and interviewing skills. We also suggest that international students connect with CareerLAB early in their time at Brown to anticipate and prepare for the challenges of the internship and job search.
Throughout the academic year, CareerLAB offers workshops and programs that help students develop their knowledge of career paths as well as the skills required for the job/internship search process. As an international student, you should take advantage of these programs and workshops; they are a great way to learn about the work culture in the US. CareerLAB programming is listed on our event calendar (search for CareerLAB when you land on the main University calendar page). You can also keep up with our schedule by following us on Twitter and/or liking us on Facebook.
The OISSS is the primary resource on campus for international students to get essential information on employment and visa issues. OISSS runs a series of workshops throughout the year, many with immigration lawyers, on Jobs and Visas for international students. Requirements and regulations change constantly – stay in touch with OISSS experts to avoid employment missteps.
International Brown alumni can be helpful advisors for the internship or job search. BRUnet, Brown’s on-line alumni network, is a good resource when looking to speak with Brown alumni who have gone through the US job search process. BRUnet volunteers can answer questions about career paths in all career fields, and specifically about being an international in the US employment market. Search by International alumni living in the US.
Effective communication skills are essential to the job search, including writing skills required for cover letters and resumes. The Brown Writing Center offers individual conferences with students as well as ESL workshops.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Work eligibility and the application process, including annual reports of employers receiving H1-B approval
US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration: Overview of the H1-B visa and filing process, FAQs and updates.