International Students

International students

Career resources for international students

Welcome! UW Bothell is a rich international community and is proud to have international students living, working, and pursuing academics on our campus. Career Services is here to support international students seeking professional development opportunities such as internships and employment.

First steps

If interested in building internship and job experience in the US, all international students should:

  1. Know immigration laws related to work and internships for F-1 and J-1 students; understand how to apply for permission for employment and training. (For further employment instructions you will want to work with your IEE advisor).
  2. Visit the UW Bothell Center for International Education (CIE) website for information and forms including Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Check out the CIE events calendar for CPT and OPT workshops.
  3. Know what you have to offer employers (relevant skills and strengths) and articulate your value effectively on your resumes, cover letters and interviews. Make an appointment with Career Services to review your application materials.
  4. Establish a variety of career plans, which could include conducting a strategic job search for opportunities in the US and in your home country.
  5. Utilize a variety of resources, including those listed below.

Job search and information resources

Search for Jobs & Internships

Benefits of an Internship

  • You are more likely to land a job in your industry of choice
  • You get extended exposure to a potential employer
  • You gain something substantive to put on a resume
  • You gain a job reference, and hopefully a letter of recommendation
  • You might get college credit (depends on the internship)

Networking via LinkedIn

Network with alumni and current UWB international students through
UW Bothell's International Student LinkedIn Group

  • Networking is a fantastic and effective strategy to help you find internship and job opportunities in the U.S. and back in your home country.
  • You should always make sure that your LinkedIn profile includes current information and a professional photo.

Career tips for international students