Job Search in U.S.

Below are resources highlighted on how can you begin your internship and job search for opportunities in the U.S.


  • Preparing for Job Search in U.S
  • How to look for internship & jobs in U.S.
  • International friendly companies


Preparing for Job Search in U.S.


Informational Interview

Informational interviewing is a casual conversation with someone who is working in a position or field that interests you.

It is a great way for you to learn and gather insights if a career field is a good fit for your interests, skills, and personality. Informational interviewing is a common practice in the U.S., however if you have never done this before, it could be intimidating even for domestic students. Visit here to get started on how can you conduct an informational interview!


Interviewing Tips



Networking & LinkedIn


It is important for you as a student to network with professionals in the field. Almost 80% of jobs are filled through some form of networking (U.S. Department of Labor). Who do you start with?


You can set up informational interviews with people whose career you want to learn about, finding Purdue Alumni on LinkedIn, attend career fairs, or professional development opportunities in your area of study.


LinkedIn Profile Checklist

How to communicate effectively on LinkedIn

20 steps to a better LinkedIn profile in 2022

LinkedIn Official Blog for Students


Professional documents


Students can schedule a Quick Chats appointment via BoilerConnect to have your professional documents reviewed or upload it to Vmock (24/7 instant resume review).


How to look for internship and jobs in U.S.


Job Search Platforms



MyCCO is where Purdue students and alumni search and apply for internships, full-time positions and part-time community jobs. In the platform, you are also able to see upcoming career fairs, career development events, companies that are attending in-person/virtual/hybrid career fairs and company information sessions.




Job search by discipline


Career Research Tool


Career Research Portal

This site provides access to Purdue subscribed databases for employer research, career guides, job boards, major resources, and employment data.



International Friendly Companies



DESCRIPTION is an information portal and online community for visa job hunters around the world. It is an "employment website for foreign workers seeking opportunities in the United States".


H1-B Grader

H1-B Grader provides information on H1-B sponsoring companies, statistics of companies and organizations from filing H1-B to approvals, and many more.

2019 Top 200 Employers for CPT Students; 2019 Top 200 Employers for OPT and STEM OPT Students

The information is published by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS) through their SEVP Data Library.

Disclaimer: All the employers on both lists have not been individually reviewed by Purdue University - Center for Career Opportunities. It is important for students to thoroughly research the employers or organizations they are interested in before applying. If you have any questions or concerns, visit us at CCO.

Top Employers who have employed Purdue International Students on CPT, OPT, and/or STEM OPT

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