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PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTS

 

US Resumes

International Resumes

Concise and frequently chronological

Detailed and not always chronological

One page is typically preferred

Two or more pages is typical

Does NOT include age, geographical preference, relationship status, religion, etc.

Sometime include age, geographical preference, relationship status, religion, etc.

Marketing tool which includes relevant jobs, education, skills and accomplishments

Explains academic and formal work experience

 

Visit Create a Resume or CV page for tips on how to create your professional documents! 

 

Grammar and Pronunciation Resources

WORKING IN THE U.S. & VISA TYPES

International students can only work in the U.S. after receiving the proper authorization and with certain restrictions. Working in the U.S. without proper authorization is a serious violation of immigration policy and can lead to deportation.

IMPORTANT: If you are considering any type of employment in the U.S., first consult with the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office in Schleman Hall.

Before working in the U.S., all students must first obtain a U.S. social security number for employment and taxation purposes. Check with ISS on how to apply for a social security card.

 

IMMIGRATION STATUS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

  • Be aware of deadlines and expiration dates.
  • Know the rules/regulations of YOUR legal status.
  • Provide all needed documents promptly to the employer.
  • Track the process of your application.
  • DO NOT think a problem will just "work itself out."
  • DO NOT believe what your read in chatrooms.
  • DO NOT take advice from non-ISS faculty/staff about your immigration status.

 

VISA TYPES

Below is basic information regarding F-1, J-1 and H-1B visas. For more detailed information, please contact the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office located in Schleman Hall, Room 136.
***For all employment opportunities, international students MUST contact ISS.

 

F-1 STUDENTS

Practical Training (PT), which is employment for one academic year related to academic field of study, is available to F-1 students who have completed one full-time academic year. There are three types of PT. Details and guidelines for each can be found by visiting http://www.iss.purdue.edu/Current/F1/Employment.cfm

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • OPT S.T.E.M. Extension

 

J-1 STUDENTS

Academic Training (AT) is available to J-1 Students and MUST be related to the curricular area of study. AT is available for a total of 18 months and J-1 students who obtain a Ph.D. may obtain an additional 18 months of AT employment. Details and guidelines for AT can be found by visiting http://www.iss.purdue.edu/Current/J1/Employment.cfm

 

H-1B EMPLOYMENT

F-1 or J-1 degree-holders (B.S., M.S. or Ph.D.) may be eligible for continued employment in H-1B status. H-1B applications are the sponsoring employer's responsibility. Petitions for H-1B employment may be requested for up to 6 years. Students can not apply on their own behalf. Details and guidelines for H-1B employment can be found by visiting http://www.iss.purdue.edu/FacultyStaff/H1B/Overview.cfm

Find your way to a green card! (Flowchart)

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR VISA STATUS?

The anxiety of being out-of-work is a substantial encumbrance. But along with the pressure of a job interview with American organizations, international students struggle with their visa status.

  • Only apply to positions that are applicable to your visa status: It is imperative that you don’t spend time pursuing American organizations and government agencies that exclusively hire United States citizens.
  • Extensively equip yourself with details of your visa status before the interview: Be informed about all the particulars concerning your work eligibility in the United States.
  • Respond to every question concerning your visa status in a direct, clear and assured manner: Any hesitance or extra elaboration might distract the employer from the true purpose of the interview, which is to focus on your skills and qualifications. The employer may unnecessarily contemplate the decision to hire you.
  • Introducing your visa status to recruiters is entirely up to you: Discussing your visa status with employers is not a requirement. However, if the employer addresses any questions regarding your work eligibility during the interview, answer the questions in an explicit and concise manner.
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EMPLOYER EXPECTATIONS

The United States is a multicultural mosaic of 300 million people of mixed race and heritage, and is also the third largest country both in size and population. Despite the ethnic and cultural diversity, the US has a distinctive business culture and etiquette. A clear understanding of this business culture is vital for your success in an American business environment.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF AMERICAN BUSINESS CULTURE

The American Dream is ‘the common belief that every individual can thrive financially by being conscientious. This idea leads to a strong work ethic and merit-based system. Some consequences that may arise due to this culture are:

  • Long work hours
  • Frequent Overtime
  • Distinction between management & subordinates

 

In addition to a strong work ethic, American work culture places a heavy emphasis on individual initiative and achievement. Personal competence, professionalism and accountability for individual performance are vague. This leads to a work culture where:

  • Superiors are only consulted when absolutely necessary
  • Most business is carried out autonomously
  • Distinction between management & subordinates

 

Lastly, another important characteristic of the US business culture is its well-known informality. This is not meant to be disrespectful of people from other cultures, but is rather an expression of the prevalent egalitarian notion in American culture.

  • Titles are seldom used in business environments
  • Professionals will offer to use first names immediately

 

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

In the business world, the primary purpose of conducting business is to exchange information, facts and opinions, which is why Americans have a direct style of interacting. Some ways communication is affected and tips for you to consider are:

  • Get to the point quickly
  • State your expectations clearly at the beginning
  • Should a conflict arise, address it with clarity
  • More importance is given to what is said than how it is said
  • Americans aren’t hesitant in saying “no” or criticizing others in public
  • Americans are uncomfortable in silent situations, compelling them to quickly fill in the gaps
  • If there are any changes or delays, inform the concerned party immediately
  • Ensure frequent communication via email or telephone (or any other preferred format)

This direct form of communication can often lead to ill feelings if the person involved belongs to a culture where business is conducted on a more personal level.

 

TIME IS MONEY

Business culture in the United States is fixated on time in contrast with other business cultures that are preoccupied with relationship building.

  • Most tangible asset is TIME, which can be saved, lost, found, invested or wasted
  • Wasting Time = Wasting Money
  • Meetings begin on the dot and are anticipated to proceed undisturbed
  • Schedules are important and deadlines are strictly adhered to
  • Emphasis is placed on high standard results in the quickest possible time

Some cultures may consider this as being hasty, however, it is in keeping with the American business culture that is very mindful of time. You wouldn’t want to be late for a meeting without calling in, or talking pointlessly during the interview, unless you had intention of exasperating the interviewers.

 

MEETINGS

Handshake. Meetings begin with a handshake, which should be accompanied with direct eye contact. This combination signals interest, sincerity and confidence to your American business partner.

Designation. Initially you should address your American business colleagues with their respective titles and last names. They will immediately inform you how they wish to be addressed and you can follow up by informing them of your preference on the same. They will not be offended, but will respect your sincerity.

Small Talk. At the start of the meeting, small talk allows for an ease of tension and creation of a comfortable atmosphere before “big business” commences. It can also serve as a tool for networking or testing the aura. Suitable topics range from work related matters to sports, travel, food etc. Avoid controversial topics such as religion or politics.

Business Cards. Business cards aren’t exchanged unless you wish to contact the person in the future. This exchange is not based on rules and usually takes place casually. It is not considered offensive if a US business associate stuffs your business card in his back pocket without reading it.

Dress Code.  The dress code may vary according to location and type of business, but wearing classic clothing (SUIT UP) in grey or navy will ensure that you give a confident and conservative appearance.

Privacy. Americans respect their privacy and personal space. They generally sit or stand further apart than people from Southern Europe, Saudi Arabia or Latin America. It is advisable to keep a comfortable distance of approximately 18 inches (or an arm’s length).

 

NEGOTIATIONS AND CONTRACTS

Negotiations are deal focused. They want to “get down to business” right away.

  • Building relationships and networking are usually done after the business is carried out
  • Negotiations are regarded as problem-solving situations based on mutual benefit and personal strengths
  • In addition, this requires a clear prominence of financial position and business power
  • Partners value information that is straightforward
  • They expect other delegates to express individualistic ideas and opinions

The main objective of negotiations --> Signed Contract

Contracts are legally binding documents that are commonplace in the US. During negotiations every legal aspect as well as fine point of the written agreement is scrutinized. If a disagreement arises in the future, a US company will follow the contact word for word. In the US, most procedures contain a set of rules, guidelines, state and federal laws that your US counterpart must follow; and you, as business partner, also adhere to.

 

AMERICAN BUSINESS LANGUAGE

Idiomatic expressions:

  • Many of the idioms are taken from sports (ballpark figure, game plan, home run) or military (rally the troops)
  • Americans may be unaware of their use of idioms, but for someone from a different culture, it could be challenging

Greetings:

  • The pervasive “how are you?” is by no means a question regarding your physical and emotional well-being, but is a way of greeting someone
  • Such a question is simply a polite greeting, which can be answered with “Fine. Thanks”

 

INTERVIEW GENERALITIES

The following sheds light on some of the common principles of US interviews:

  • Questions about age, disabilities, national origin, race, religion, marital status and veteran status are considered illegal to ask in the US
  • Eye contact is imperative because this demonstrates to American employers that you are confident in your skills and achievements
  • Don’t grip the interviewer’s hand too feebly or too strongly; firm handshakes indicate confidence
  • Expect direct questions regarding competence and experience
  • Exhibit that you have researched the company by showing interest and taking initiative
  • Inquiring about the status of an application post-interview is adequate and depicts interest in the company
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer
  • Gain more information on how to best prepare for your interview here
  • Drop in to the CCO office located in Young Hall, Room 132 between 10:00am and 4:00pm Monday-Friday for resume, cover letter and interview assistance

 

THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE

According to a research study done by the British Council (2012), the modern workplace is progressively globalized and competitive. Communicating with customers, colleagues and partners across international borders is now a daily affair for several workers around the world. Consequently, employers are under strong pressure to find employees who are not only technically proficient, but also culturally astute and able to thrive in a global work environment.

REMEMBER: you bring a unique perspective and background to American business. The following summarizes the opinions of four globally expanding companies about candidates with international experience or international candidates:

What unique qualities candidates with international exposure bring to an organization
"International candidates bring unique thought processes and diverse perspectives...their home country knowledge, culture, and language skills are important for offshore branches." -Enova
"International candidates are often able to provide unique insight into new markets and initiatives." -Schlumberger
"The diversity of candidates promotes view-points and ideas which leads to diversified approaches to innovation." -Cummins
"International candidates or candidates with international exposure tend to be able to bring what they have seen at other location or look at things with a different perspective." -Intel

GET CONNECTED

Purdue International Connections (PIC)

Purdue International Connections (PIC) gives international students the opportunity to network and engage in professional discussions about job opportunities. We recognize the inherent challenges international students face surrounding job search and career development, so we strive to provide as many resources possible to help you become successful in the competitive workplace. Linkedin is a great tool for networking, job searching and enhancing your professional development. Create a profile to highlight your experiences, skills and future goals within your field of study/work.

 

POSSIBLE LINKEDIN GROUPS TO JOIN

  1. Purdue International Connections
  2. International Relations Network
  3. H-1B Visa Jobs
  4. Entry Level Jobs for OPT Students
  5. Job Openings for OPT/CPT Students – North America
  6. Looking for an Internship? Jobs & Internships in UK, US, Europe or China. Entry-Level Jobs Abroad

 

POSSIBLE TWITTER HANDLES TO FOLLOW

  1.        @Intstudents
  2.        @students_JOBS
  3.        @careers_intl
  4.        @EducatiusOPT
Effie Cao

Effie Cao: Purdue Graduate

Effie Cao

Effie Cao Verlander, Wang & Company, LLC

What aspects of your academic background were helpful during your internship?

I really enjoyed the Public Speaking class Purdue provided. Since I am a Communications major, I took another advanced public speaking class besides the common requirement of COM114. Most people find such classes intimidating; I actually found them extremely helpful for my career development. For job interviews, even though it doesn’t necessarily count as a “public speaking” occasion, the skills and manners I received as part of my education from these classes prepared me to not be too stressed out about the interview. I was able to cope with it naturally and confidently. I encourage international students to utilize such classes to obtain more opportunities to practice their public speaking skills, because later in the job field, employers really do deem communication skills as one of the most important added value in a prospect employee. My current employer stated that my above-the-average public speaking skills had in part helped them in deciding to hire me as a full-time employee.

Another important aspect in my corporate communications major is the ability to collect and retrieve information. From our rather comprehensive reading requirement of being a COM major, I learned and mastered this skill to be able to perform well in the class. It turned out to be one of the most important skills in my career as well. In my job, management usually doesn’t provide me with the exact information and steps needed for me to conduct my job. I am required to perform based on the skills I learned from school, and apply it to the actual situation. I am glad that all the reading exercises, on which the writings are based, paid off in my actual job.

What were your strategies for applying to internships, and how did you acquire the position with Verlander, Wang & Company, LLC?

I firmly believe that all the strategies that could be used in job hunting only take in effect when one gives serious thoughts about what he/she wants to do in the future. An interest analysis of mine acted as a fundamental part when it came to locating what field and what I should be focusing on. I have tried the “shotgun” method where you only focus on the number of the resumes submitted, but not the quality of it. As I tried to navigate through all the information I had about the market, and myself, I took a more straightforward approach by directly contacting people who were working in the field I was interested in; and it worked! Once you have a direction of what you want, collect as much information as you need, and then act fast. It will work at some point of your job searching experience.

The internship I took with my current employer was through a connection of one of my former employers. So I think networking is the single most effective way to help one land a dream job. But it doesn’t happen overnight. So start as early as possible to learn about yourself. And start utilizing your network right away.

What did you do to obtain full-time work with Verlander, Wang & Company, LLC after your internship with them?

During the internship, my company used a special system to assess my performance. After I had gotten my assessment result with them, I had taken the opportunity to express my hope to continue to contribute as a full-time employee. I followed up quite diligently after my initial request through both email and LinkedIn. They eventually agreed to give me the opportunity to interview with them. I had altogether five interviews with them, before I was officially on board.

How did your experiences with other internships prepare you for full-time employment with your current company?

I have had multiple internships in different fields that I thought I was interested in. They all had aspects that I liked as well as disliked. But I took all of them very seriously. At the end of all my internships, I would do a SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) analysis for myself to be able to put things into perspective. So after my last internship, I pretty much had a good idea about what type of organization I wanted to work with and what type of position best suited my skills. So keeping track of every event of my professional development proved to be extremely helpful later on.

How have you discussed your visa status with Verlander, Wang & Company, LLC?

I have been upfront about this topic ever since I started my job-hunting journey. This is not to say that I bring up this topic without having researched about the company’s history in employing international students. Usually, companies who have had experience in hiring international students would be more knowledgeable about this area, yet maybe more resistant if their current company policy has limitations concerning the hire of international students. For the ones who have no experience in this matter, I take it as an opportunity to educate them and build a strong case about how I am hirable and even more valuable as an international student.

Since I was very upfront and honest about my situation, my current employer had consulted the company’s lawyer based on my proposal and made a management decision of sponsoring in my case.

How did your other Purdue experiences, including working as an ambassador/ student leader, help you with your career development?

My experience as a CCO student ambassador has played a vital role in my job searching and career development. The holistic approach towards job searching and navigation that I learned from my training in CCO has largely helped build my professionalism. I often get questions like, “how do you perfect your communication skills?” “How do you know what to write in this cover letter?” “Who taught you business etiquette?” from my co-workers as they tend to think that as a young college graduate, I seemed to know quite a bit about these areas. Well, thanks to my job as a student ambassador, I was able to perfect my public speaking skills by giving presentations to large or small student groups. I honed in on my communication skills by critiquing resumes on a one-on-one setting and learned about business etiquette through my daily work at the office. I also had fantastic career counselors who have given me so much support while I was working there and be available whenever I need them.

Partaking in various organizations on campus has also helped me distinguish myself when I am talking to hiring managers. When they see all the work I have done in school, they no longer label me simply as an “international student,” but a striving college student who knows what she wants.

Based on your experiences what are some skills that you think you should have developed during your academic career?

Although it may sound mediocre and ubiquitous, great listening and questioning skills are the two skills that can make any person a true leader. When we are in school, we usually take lectures and go to classes, most of the time we do not really practice the active listening skills. We simply just hear everything, and rely on recalling all the information in order to pass the exams. But in the job field, interpreting beyond the actual words becomes so imperative that it could lead to a very successful conversation. It is important to train to be able to abstract the useful information and quickly deduce what it could mean in the context.

I should have taken more opportunities to ask questions. Asking the right questions can be more powerful than answering questions. I believe this is also a skill that needs practice and requires a great deal of thinking behind it. In the business world, asking the right questions is always critical and I’d wish I had more training in it.

What advice do you have for other international students pursuing internships and full-time employment?

If I were to give only one advice, that would be make it your goal to start networking. Find your weak link and start making conversations with them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be your American friends. Try your family and friends in your hometown. They might know someone who is doing the similar business that you would be interested in and they could somehow connect you with them. After the connection has been made, go on to the informational interview. Gather information and keep a journal on what you have learned and experienced along the way.

Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung: Purdue Graduate

Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung General Electric

What aspects of your academic background were helpful during your internship?

Skills relating to Microsoft Excel and Finance were extremely helpful during my internship as an internal auditor.

What were your strategies for applying to internships, and how did you acquire the position with Financial Management program at General Electric?

I got my internship at Belton Holding Limited by several connections that I had established through networking.

What did you do to obtain full-time work with Belton Holding Limited after your internship with them?

I didn’t try to obtain full-time work with Belton Holding Limited. Instead, I decided to join the financial management program at General Electric.

How did your experiences with Belton Holding Limited prepare you for full-time employment with GE?

The skills and experience that I learned during my internship with Belton Holding Limited prepared me to present and sell my skills to General Electric during interviews.

How have you discussed your visa status with GE?

Well, I did not discuss anything about sponsorship and citizenship until they provided me the offer. I believe discussing sponsorship at the beginning of the hiring process is same as asking money from a person that you meet the first time.

How did your other Purdue experiences, including working as an ambassador/ student leader, help you with your career development?

The experience of serving as a leader of different student organizations was extremely important for my career development. The title on the resume is just a tip of the iceberg. I equipped myself with several skills such as communication, leadership, logical problem solving, which helped me in differentiating myself from others. Presenting the experiences of leading a team, serving 1000+ students, acquiring sponsorship, negotiating contracts, implementing various strategies to add value to the organizations I was part of, etc., allowed me to get my foot in the door.

A company will definitely choose a person with a 3.5+ GPA with leadership experiences over a student with 4.0 GPA who has no life. They are looking for a person who can provide synergy to the team with excellent communication skills.

Based on your experiences what are some skills that you think you should have developed during your academic career?

I think I should have mastered technical skills such as Excel and PowerPoint during my academic career.

What advice do you have for other international students pursuing internships and full-time employment?

GPA is just a ticket to get into the front door of a movie theater. In order to have a good seat, you have to develop yourself outside the classroom. In order to get a box of popcorn, you have to contribute to your community and gain the real life experience. In order to secure your seat, you have to take all the opportunities that come your way. And to seal the deal, you have to treat all your interviews as important as your life. If your will of pursuing a job is as strong as your will of breathing, the opportunity will come to you.

Alibek Dostiyarov

Alibek Dostiyarov: Purdue Graduate

Alibek Dostiyarov

Alibek Dostiyarov Amazon

What aspects of your academic background were helpful during your internship?

Although what we do in class is very different from what we do in industry, the general sense of dedication to the project, getting along with different people, and following firm deadlines are probably the most important things that I have learned in college that proved to be very useful during my internships.

What were your strategies for applying to internships, and how did you acquire the position with Amazon?

 

I try to keep the list of companies I am applying to very narrow. When I was looking for my first internship, I applied everywhere I possibly could, but after I got through that stage, I focused only on the companies I really wanted to work for. In case with Amazon, I applied through CCO portal and through their website directly, and later on the recruiters approached me to schedule a phone interview. I passed two phone screenings and got an offer to intern with them in Seattle, WA.

What did you do to obtain full-time work with Amazon after your internship with them?

 

At the beginning of my internship I made sure that I clearly understood what expectations and goals I was going to be measured against. Then I focused on those goals. It might sound simple, but many people do not realize that it is a fair game to go to your manager at the beginning of your internship and ask: "What do I need to accomplish in order to get a full-time offer?"

How did your experiences with other internships prepare you for full-time employment with your current company?

 

A 12-week internship at Amazon indeed does take you to a new technical level. It comes from your manager's feedback, learning from your mentor and your team. This experience should suffice to prepare you for full-time employment from a technical perspective.

How have you discussed your visa status with Amazon?

 

A 12-week internship at Amazon indeed does take you to a new technical level. It comes from your manager's feedback, learning from your mentor and your team. This experience should suffice to prepare you for full-time employment from a technical perspective.

How did your other Purdue experiences, including working as an ambassador/ student leader, help you with your career development?

Shame on me, I do not have any experience of working as an ambassador, student leader, or even a tutor. However, I have been working as an undergraduate research assistant for a couple of years now, and that has helped me a lot. It taught me how to set goals, prioritize, communicate with my superiors, and deliver results on time. My advice would be to seek for every opportunity to "get your hands dirty" while still in college.

A company will definitely choose a person with a 3.5+ GPA with leadership experiences over a student with 4.0 GPA but has no life. They are looking for a person who can provide synergy to the team and someone they like talking to.

Based on your experiences what are some skills that you think you should have developed during your academic career?

 

Shame on me, I do not have any experience of working as an ambassador, student leader, or even a tutor. However, I have been working as an undergraduate research assistant for a couple of years now, and that has helped me a lot. It taught me how to set goals, prioritize, communicate with my superiors, and deliver results on time. My advice would be to seek for every opportunity to "get your hands dirty" while still in college.

What advice do you have for other international students pursuing internships and full-time employment?

My advice is to choose an area of expertise as soon as you can, take corresponding electives, and look for an employer after carefully narrowing your options. When you get to senior level classes and get to see some companies from the inside, you will realize that everybody likes specialists. So figure out where you want to work and what you need to learn as early as you can.


Vineeth Harikumar

Vineeth Harikumar: Purdue Graduate

Vineeth Harikumar

Vineeth Harikumar Amazon

What aspects of your academic background were helpful during your internship?

All the core computer-engineering classes I'd taken during my sophomore and junior years were crucial in helping me during my internship. Apart from the obvious knowledge of specific programming techniques, other aspects like thinking from outside the box, brainstorming for more elegant and smart solutions as well as teamwork really helped me excel in my internship.

What were your strategies for applying to internships, and how did you acquire the position with Amazon?

I would scout out all the companies at the career fairs every semester and talk to them and then immediately go apply online on their website as well. I followed the same procedure with Amazon and applied on their website around the time of the career fair and was called up to interview with them on-campus the next day.

What did you do to obtain full-time work with Amazon after your internship with them?

 

I didn’t have to do anything to obtain a full-time position after my internship. They based their offer for my full-time position on my quantifiable contributions in code to the teams project relative to the other team members and the quality of my code over the three-month duration. So it was like an extended three-month interview process to decide whether I was fit to receive a full-time offer or not.

How did your experiences with Amazon prepare you for full-time employment with your current company?

 

It helped me really understand the environment of the teams that I was working and interacting with. It also enabled me to familiarize myself with the tools that the company uses for their various everyday proceedings.

How have you discussed your visa status with Amazon?

 

I didn’t have to discuss my visa status with the company because they were already aware that I was an international student as per my resume and so their HR department was really good with handling the necessary paperwork on their end. They were aware of what was required for an international student to work in the USA.

Based on your experiences what are some skills that you think you should have developed during your academic career?

 

Two of the most important things I noticed that easily stood out were teamwork and communication. I find that even though there are opportunities provided to us during our four years of education, not everyone takes advantage of them. It was easy to see that a few team members didn’t have quite the communication skills they should've had to help them voice their opinions in a better light during meetings. Teamwork was also essential since there were daily ten-minute standups where every member of the team would tell the entire team what they worked on the day before and what issues and problems they faced. In such cases, other members who were knowledgeable about the problem would pitch in to brainstorm and help them resolve the issue and vice versa. So teamwork and communication skills are definitely the two most important skills that should be strongly developed during a person’s academic career.

What advice do you have for other international students pursuing internships and full-time employment?

From what I've mostly seen in my two years of job hunting is that it’s always the bigger companies that are open towards hiring international students and giving them full-time positions there on. So if anything, I'd say mostly ignore the smaller companies because they're not worth your time. Tailor your resumes and skill-set to stand out when applying to the bigger companies, due to the larger competition involved in trying to get a position there.

Yesha Shah

Yesha Shah: Purdue Graduate

Vineeth Harikumar

Yesha Shah Colgate/Hill's Pet Nutrition

What aspects of your academic background were helpful during your internship?

All aspects of my academic background were helpful to me during my internship in one way or another. I was lucky enough to have had an internship in the field that I was studying, Process Engineering. I like to describe my first ever internship experience as 'textbooks coming alive.' Networking with professors and seniors also helped me understand what I could expect during my first internship.

What were your strategies for applying to internships, and how did you acquire the position with Colgate/Hill's Pet Nutrition?

My strategies for applying to internships were simple. First, I made sure everything was ready from my end including: my resume, cover letter and a strong elevator pitch. The CCO reviewed each of these documents with me, aiding in my confidence and preparation. I also received tips on how to approach my first ever job fair from the very same place, the CCO. When applying to companies, I thoroughly did my homework, shortlisting all the companies related to my major that were open to international students. MJN was one of those shortlisted companies. I discovered that two ABE seniors had previously interned with MJN, so I went to my peers for some guidance. I spoke with MJN first thing the morning of the job fair and tried to floor them with my elevator pitch. I got a call for interview the next day and then two months later I was offered a six-month internship.

What did you do to obtain full-time work with Colgate/Hill's Pet Nutrition after your internship with them?

A few months before my graduation, my manager from my first internship at MJN contacted me for the full time job with the company. However, the company wasn't ready to sponsor my work visa at that time and so offered me the job through the consulting firm Aerotek.

How did your experiences with other internships prepare you for full-time with your current company?

As an R&D Process Engineer at MJN I was fortunate enough to work on projects that involved major scale-ups with cross-functional teams of scientists, engineers and supply chain associates. The job description for Colgate was that of a Product Development Scientist and even though I didn't have an extensive background in food science, my focus in food process engineering gave me an edge over other candidates for that position. Being an engineer, I thought it would be neat to explore and contribute to the product development part of food processing so I accepted the job.

How have you discussed your visa status with Colgate/Hill's Pet Nutrition?

Yes, MJN and Colgate were both aware of my visa status. When I started working with MJN after graduation, I was on my first year of OPT and planned to get a STEM extension if needed in future. However, I ended up getting a job offer from Colgate and they were ready to sponsor my work visa right away. As of today my work visa is approved and I am on the cap-gap extension until October.

How did your other Purdue experiences, including working as an ambassador/ student leader, help you with your career development?

Every little experience I had at Purdue, including working as a CCO ambassador, has played a big role in shaping my career. As an international student it was important for me to find the right resources to aide me in my career development. The CCO Ambassador role definitely came as a blessing for me. As an ambassador I not only helped hundreds of Purdue students with their career queries, but also developed my own sense of career advancement in the States with the help of my mentor, supervisors and fellow student ambassadors. My teaching assistantships and involvement in engineering societies as well as other organizations at Purdue helped me enhance my resume and make me a well-qualified candidate for just more than one job.

Based on your experiences what are some skills that you think you should have developed during your academic career?

One of the critical skills that I think needs to be developed during the academic career is problem solving. The problem solving skill is multi-layered. While it is essential to have the technical knowledge to get ready for problem solving at the workplace, the importance of developing soft skills shouldn't be underestimated. One should take advantage of team assignments during their academic career and focus on relationship building and communication skills. Pick your electives wisely and take classes that focus basic business/corporate strategies and public speaking. Last but not the least, do not waste any time you could spend gaining experience in your field of study. Get internships, do research work, study abroad or simply volunteer. It all counts!!

What advice do you have for other international students pursuing internships and full-time employment?

My two big pieces of advice for other international students pursuing internships and full-time employment are to continue pursuing their passion without worrying about landing just any job, and to be proactive. Someone has rightly said, 'where there is a will, there is a way.' I received a lot of remarks on pursuing an odd major like Biological Engineering as an international student where it could be tricky to get a job, but I was determined. I loved what I studied and wanted to make a career in the same. So I was always prepared and persistent in approaching companies that I was interested in working for. Revamp your resume at the beginning of every semester and constantly think of ways you can enhance it. Make sure you build a strong network while at Purdue as well as during your internships because nothing beats that kind of resource. Take advantage of everything Purdue has to offer including the CCO and other organizations, your internships and other things this great country has to offer.

Megha Tiwari

Megha Tiwari: Purdue Graduate

Vineeth Harikumar

Megha Tiwari Featured Story

What aspects of your academic background were helpful during your internship?

The engineering curriculum at Purdue is very well designed. In my internships, I was able to use my core engineering skills and at the same time practice team-building skills. Classes at Purdue taught me how to apply my knowledge and meet deadlines. Everything from 3D Modeling, Design, Analysis, Testing to Report writing has been useful in my internships. I was also able to use my experience from homework assignments that involved problem solving, researching and documenting results.

What were your strategies for applying to internships, and how did you acquire the positions with Airbus and Catepillar?

Center for Career Opportunities has been my key source of information. Since my first month as a freshman, I have been going there to seek help with my resume and interviews. I knew that I would probably not get an internship in my first summer, yet I went to the IR and Expo in my first year, that way I was prepared to answer employers’ questions during my Second year at the job fairs. I applied for internships online on CCO aggressively and also on company career sites. I also made online profiles on Company websites and applied through their career portal. I also sought advice from my advisor in terms of companies looking for interns.

What did you do to obtain full-time work with Microsoft after your internship with them?

I went prepared for the Industrial Roundtable 2012. Many companies were hiring full time that time and I researched well about each position and finalized my list. Then prior to IR, I applied to all those positions either on CCO or their company website so that I was already in their system. I then prepared answers to some possible questions and also decided how I wanted to showcase my resume. Post IR, I got many interviews the next couple of days and then I just prepared for my series of interviews. I read books, practiced questions online and also attended Mock interviews set up by CCO.

How did your experiences with with other internships prepare you for full-time employment with your current company?

If you notice, Airbus and Caterpillar are both huge manufacturing companies. Being an engineer, it’s a dream to work for such companies where you can get so much exposure and gain practical knowledge. My internships in these two companies were design oriented and I have always been very interested in design. I learnt about their processes and worked in big teams. These internships gave me a great opportunity to find out more about myself and helped me realize what I truly wanted to do full time. After these internships, I was clear that I want a managerial, design oriented role rather than hard-core manufacturing, technical positions.

How have you discussed your visa status with Microsoft?

During the interview process they asked me about my visa status and I informed them that I would need sponsorship since I was on F1 visa at the time. They reviewed my information and said that they do sponsors work visa, for which the required documentation would be taken care of by them.

While applying to other companies I always mentioned that I was an international student so that it saved both of us time. Some students prefer to mention it on their resume but I preferred stating it verbally because if the resume is impactful, some companies are ready to make exceptions. I believe it should not be a criterion based on which you are rejected during the screening process.

How did your other Purdue experiences, including working as an ambassador/ student leader, help you with your career development?

I was always involved in activities and events. I believe it has always been one of the most significant cornerstones for my career. I feel overall development and the ability to relate to others is important to be successful in any field. Purdue and its endless opportunities to do the same were the most appropriate for me since it provided a unique mix of educational advantages. It is a place where quality education is an integral part and the entire campus is lively. The most important challenge in today’s world is the ability to interact and communicate well while working in the teams in companies. I feel ideas and contributions are of no importance if not communicated well. My classroom activities and extracurricular involvement in organizations prepared me well for the same.

Based on your experiences what are some skills that you think you should have developed during your academic career?

I would definitely say the more programming languages one knows, the better. With technology and development at its peak, it would have been much more beneficial if I knew some more coding. I am also passionate about entrepreneurship and although I did the Certificate in Entrepreneurship program, I feel maybe I should have taken some finance and economics classes. I think it is significantly important for any individual of an industry to have a perception of the market, leadership, business model, team management, product development, scaling, risk assessment, gains and investment strategies.

Also, I think I should have acquired some carpentry skills. I know some people who have the experience of cutting wood and other materials during their college life; I feel I missed out on that.

What advice do you have for other international students pursuing internships and full-time employment?

Take advantage of the endless opportunities Purdue has to offer. Get actively involved on campus and join some clubs that interest you. I recommend having a strategic plan to apply for internships that interest you and use any internship opportunity to find out what career you want to pursue upon graduation. Meet with your advisor often, to discuss your progress and scope for improvement. CCO has some great resources, use the ones designed especially for International students. Also make sure you understand your visa status and know what to answer to the employers about sponsorship. Make it a point that you understand CPT, OPT terms and conditions. Being an international student, keep enquiring about companies that hire international students and also reach out to peers as well as alumni who have been successful in getting internships and full time job offers.

RESOURCES & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Purdue Dean of Students

Leadership Development Workshops

Student Organizations

Housing and Food Services

Student Employment

Research and Development Opportunities

Purdue Research Park

Purdue University Discovery Park

Purdue Alumni Association

International Networks

Purdue Alumni Student Experience

Opportunities in Indiana

Indiana Intern

Other Indiana Links

PMU Dining Services

Student Employment

International Students and Scholars

Clubs and Organizations

Global Professional Practice Programs

GEARE allows students to gain global competencies by study and intern abroad


G-PAL allows students to gain meaningful friendships through valuable global internship experiences.

Global Internships offered by Office of Professional Practice.

Student Affairs

VPSA jobs

Purdue Organizations

Organizations Directory

Summer Undergraduate Research

COE- SURF

Office of Professional Practice

Co-Op Opportunities

Study Abroad Office

Program Types

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters Club- Krannert School of Business

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Writing Lab

ESL Conversation Groups

Jobs in the Writing Lab

View internships and jobs available around the world through your myCCO account!

 

International Students

PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTS

 

US Resumes

International Resumes

Concise and frequently chronological

Detailed and not always chronological

One page is typically preferred

Two or more pages is typical

Does NOT include age, geographical preference, relationship status, religion, etc.

Sometime include age, geographical preference, relationship status, religion, etc.

Marketing tool which includes relevant jobs, education, skills and accomplishments

Explains academic and formal work experience

 

Visit Create a Resume or CV page for tips on how to create your professional documents! 

 

Grammar and Pronunciation Resources

WORKING IN THE U.S. & VISA TYPES

International students can only work in the U.S. after receiving the proper authorization and with certain restrictions. Working in the U.S. without proper authorization is a serious violation of immigration policy and can lead to deportation.

IMPORTANT: If you are considering any type of employment in the U.S., first consult with the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office in Schleman Hall.

Before working in the U.S., all students must first obtain a U.S. social security number for employment and taxation purposes. Check with ISS on how to apply for a social security card.

 

IMMIGRATION STATUS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

  • Be aware of deadlines and expiration dates.
  • Know the rules/regulations of YOUR legal status.
  • Provide all needed documents promptly to the employer.
  • Track the process of your application.
  • DO NOT think a problem will just "work itself out."
  • DO NOT believe what your read in chatrooms.
  • DO NOT take advice from non-ISS faculty/staff about your immigration status.

 

VISA TYPES

Below is basic information regarding F-1, J-1 and H-1B visas. For more detailed information, please contact the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office located in Schleman Hall, Room 136.
***For all employment opportunities, international students MUST contact ISS.

 

F-1 STUDENTS

Practical Training (PT), which is employment for one academic year related to academic field of study, is available to F-1 students who have completed one full-time academic year. There are three types of PT. Details and guidelines for each can be found by visiting http://www.iss.purdue.edu/Current/F1/Employment.cfm

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • OPT S.T.E.M. Extension

 

J-1 STUDENTS

Academic Training (AT) is available to J-1 Students and MUST be related to the curricular area of study. AT is available for a total of 18 months and J-1 students who obtain a Ph.D. may obtain an additional 18 months of AT employment. Details and guidelines for AT can be found by visiting http://www.iss.purdue.edu/Current/J1/Employment.cfm

 

H-1B EMPLOYMENT

F-1 or J-1 degree-holders (B.S., M.S. or Ph.D.) may be eligible for continued employment in H-1B status. H-1B applications are the sponsoring employer's responsibility. Petitions for H-1B employment may be requested for up to 6 years. Students can not apply on their own behalf. Details and guidelines for H-1B employment can be found by visiting http://www.iss.purdue.edu/FacultyStaff/H1B/Overview.cfm

Find your way to a green card! (Flowchart)

 

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR VISA STATUS?

The anxiety of being out-of-work is a substantial encumbrance. But along with the pressure of a job interview with American organizations, international students struggle with their visa status.

  • Only apply to positions that are applicable to your visa status: It is imperative that you don’t spend time pursuing American organizations and government agencies that exclusively hire United States citizens.
  • Extensively equip yourself with details of your visa status before the interview: Be informed about all the particulars concerning your work eligibility in the United States.
  • Respond to every question concerning your visa status in a direct, clear and assured manner: Any hesitance or extra elaboration might distract the employer from the true purpose of the interview, which is to focus on your skills and qualifications. The employer may unnecessarily contemplate the decision to hire you.
  • Introducing your visa status to recruiters is entirely up to you: Discussing your visa status with employers is not a requirement. However, if the employer addresses any questions regarding your work eligibility during the interview, answer the questions in an explicit and concise manner.

EMPLOYER EXPECTATIONS

The United States is a multicultural mosaic of 300 million people of mixed race and heritage, and is also the third largest country both in size and population. Despite the ethnic and cultural diversity, the US has a distinctive business culture and etiquette. A clear understanding of this business culture is vital for your success in an American business environment.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF AMERICAN BUSINESS CULTURE

The American Dream is ‘the common belief that every individual can thrive financially by being conscientious. This idea leads to a strong work ethic and merit-based system. Some consequences that may arise due to this culture are:

  • Long work hours
  • Frequent Overtime
  • Distinction between management & subordinates

 

In addition to a strong work ethic, American work culture places a heavy emphasis on individual initiative and achievement. Personal competence, professionalism and accountability for individual performance are vague. This leads to a work culture where:

  • Superiors are only consulted when absolutely necessary
  • Most business is carried out autonomously
  • Distinction between management & subordinates

 

Lastly, another important characteristic of the US business culture is its well-known informality. This is not meant to be disrespectful of people from other cultures, but is rather an expression of the prevalent egalitarian notion in American culture.

  • Titles are seldom used in business environments
  • Professionals will offer to use first names immediately

 

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

In the business world, the primary purpose of conducting business is to exchange information, facts and opinions, which is why Americans have a direct style of interacting. Some ways communication is affected and tips for you to consider are:

  • Get to the point quickly
  • State your expectations clearly at the beginning
  • Should a conflict arise, address it with clarity
  • More importance is given to what is said than how it is said
  • Americans aren’t hesitant in saying “no” or criticizing others in public
  • Americans are uncomfortable in silent situations, compelling them to quickly fill in the gaps
  • If there are any changes or delays, inform the concerned party immediately
  • Ensure frequent communication via email or telephone (or any other preferred format)

This direct form of communication can often lead to ill feelings if the person involved belongs to a culture where business is conducted on a more personal level.

 

TIME IS MONEY

Business culture in the United States is fixated on time in contrast with other business cultures that are preoccupied with relationship building.

  • Most tangible asset is TIME, which can be saved, lost, found, invested or wasted
  • Wasting Time = Wasting Money
  • Meetings begin on the dot and are anticipated to proceed undisturbed
  • Schedules are important and deadlines are strictly adhered to
  • Emphasis is placed on high standard results in the quickest possible time

Some cultures may consider this as being hasty, however, it is in keeping with the American business culture that is very mindful of time. You wouldn’t want to be late for a meeting without calling in, or talking pointlessly during the interview, unless you had intention of exasperating the interviewers.

 

MEETINGS

Handshake. Meetings begin with a handshake, which should be accompanied with direct eye contact. This combination signals interest, sincerity and confidence to your American business partner.

Designation. Initially you should address your American business colleagues with their respective titles and last names. They will immediately inform you how they wish to be addressed and you can follow up by informing them of your preference on the same. They will not be offended, but will respect your sincerity.

Small Talk. At the start of the meeting, small talk allows for an ease of tension and creation of a comfortable atmosphere before “big business” commences. It can also serve as a tool for networking or testing the aura. Suitable topics range from work related matters to sports, travel, food etc. Avoid controversial topics such as religion or politics.

Business Cards. Business cards aren’t exchanged unless you wish to contact the person in the future. This exchange is not based on rules and usually takes place casually. It is not considered offensive if a US business associate stuffs your business card in his back pocket without reading it.

Dress Code.  The dress code may vary according to location and type of business, but wearing classic clothing (SUIT UP) in grey or navy will ensure that you give a confident and conservative appearance.

Privacy. Americans respect their privacy and personal space. They generally sit or stand further apart than people from Southern Europe, Saudi Arabia or Latin America. It is advisable to keep a comfortable distance of approximately 18 inches (or an arm’s length).

 

NEGOTIATIONS AND CONTRACTS

Negotiations are deal focused. They want to “get down to business” right away.

  • Building relationships and networking are usually done after the business is carried out
  • Negotiations are regarded as problem-solving situations based on mutual benefit and personal strengths
  • In addition, this requires a clear prominence of financial position and business power
  • Partners value information that is straightforward
  • They expect other delegates to express individualistic ideas and opinions

The main objective of negotiations --> Signed Contract

Contracts are legally binding documents that are commonplace in the US. During negotiations every legal aspect as well as fine point of the written agreement is scrutinized. If a disagreement arises in the future, a US company will follow the contact word for word. In the US, most procedures contain a set of rules, guidelines, state and federal laws that your US counterpart must follow; and you, as business partner, also adhere to.

 

AMERICAN BUSINESS LANGUAGE

Idiomatic expressions:

  • Many of the idioms are taken from sports (ballpark figure, game plan, home run) or military (rally the troops)
  • Americans may be unaware of their use of idioms, but for someone from a different culture, it could be challenging

Greetings:

  • The pervasive “how are you?” is by no means a question regarding your physical and emotional well-being, but is a way of greeting someone
  • Such a question is simply a polite greeting, which can be answered with “Fine. Thanks”

 

INTERVIEW GENERALITIES

The following sheds light on some of the common principles of US interviews:

  • Questions about age, disabilities, national origin, race, religion, marital status and veteran status are considered illegal to ask in the US
  • Eye contact is imperative because this demonstrates to American employers that you are confident in your skills and achievements
  • Don’t grip the interviewer’s hand too feebly or too strongly; firm handshakes indicate confidence
  • Expect direct questions regarding competence and experience
  • Exhibit that you have researched the company by showing interest and taking initiative
  • Inquiring about the status of an application post-interview is adequate and depicts interest in the company
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer
  • Gain more information on how to best prepare for your interview here
  • Drop in to the CCO office located in Young Hall, Room 132 between 10:00am and 4:00pm Monday-Friday for resume, cover letter and interview assistance

 

THE GLOBAL WORKPLACE

According to a research study done by the British Council (2012), the modern workplace is progressively globalized and competitive. Communicating with customers, colleagues and partners across international borders is now a daily affair for several workers around the world. Consequently, employers are under strong pressure to find employees who are not only technically proficient, but also culturally astute and able to thrive in a global work environment.

REMEMBER: you bring a unique perspective and background to American business. The following summarizes the opinions of four globally expanding companies about candidates with international experience or international candidates:

What unique qualities candidates with international exposure bring to an organization
"International candidates bring unique thought processes and diverse perspectives...their home country knowledge, culture, and language skills are important for offshore branches." -Enova
"International candidates are often able to provide unique insight into new markets and initiatives." -Schlumberger
"The diversity of candidates promotes view-points and ideas which leads to diversified approaches to innovation." -Cummins
"International candidates or candidates with international exposure tend to be able to bring what they have seen at other location or look at things with a different perspective." -Intel

JOB SEARCH WEBSITES & BOOKS 

RESOURCES

DESCRIPTION

The International Student Job Search

Webinar on Job searching strategies for International Students by University of Oklahoma.

Foreign-born.com

Web resource that walks students through moving to and living in the United States, providing insight into cultural norms, educational requirements, visa logistics and additional resources to support transition and adjustment.

Career Wiki

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

Find the Company - H1B Visas

This research tool contains data on 176,000 companies that have recently filed applications for H1-B Visas. You can refine your search by a specific company, location, desired salary, or industry. To see further details on a specific company, simply click on it and find facts, and data visualization to help you on your research. You can also easily compare different companies by clicking the compare button.

Goinglobal

This site provides Career guides, global job and internship searches, a comprehensive database of worldwide employers, and customized search engine instantly queries thousands of US Department of Labor visa applications

H1 Base Website

This site includes extensive Information about the H1B Visa process, sponsorship and job searching for international students and workers. This site combines both free and fee services. Incorporated in this site is a list of “H1B Visa Sponsorship- Top Jobs and Professions Ranking”

H1visajobs.com

Series of online databases listing over 20,000 U.S. companies who have recently filed the appropriate paperwork to sponsor an international person for an H-1B visa. Useful for identifying companies to target in job search for employment on a Practical Training visa or H-1B visa.

International Student

Compilation of a number of helpful resources. We know that you already have enough fees to worry about with your education; this is why the majority of resources are offered are free!

International Student Network

Extensive online resource for international students around the world offering resources, information, services, and products for international students, which includes information on international student loans, student health insurance, international calling cards, and other useful information to help get students prepared for their time abroad.

International Student Website

This database includes articles, tips, job postings, resume writing, personal statements, test preparation, country work guides, visa and immigration information, and more to support students around the globe with international study and work opportunities. This resource creates extensive connections to best practices and available jobs/internships to enhance next career step opportunities.

MyVisaJobs.com

MyVisaJobs.com, founded by immigrants in 2006, is an information portal and online community for visa job hunters around the world. Its major services include annual and quarterly Reports for H1B Visa and Green Card, Customized H1B Visa Solution, Visa Sponsor Profile, Candidate Profile, Resume Service and Smart Apply for job applicants.

National Association for College Admission Counseling

NACAC's award-winning publications and other media resources, professional development programs and practical research efforts have all been designed to give counseling and admission professionals the tools they need to improve the counseling services they provide to students.

Resources for International Students at Stanford University- Career Development Center

This website includes extensive resources for international students, including workshop handouts, resume and cover letter tips, resources for improving English language skills, and networking tips.

Uniworld

Find American firms and their locations in other countries and firms based in other countries with locations in the United States.

VisaJobs.com

This web resource is dedicated to identifying employment opportunities for foreign nationals wishing to live and work in the United States and Canada. The site provides a FREE listing of employers accepting H1B Visa holders, as well additional access to job listings for a fee. In addition, the site includes extensive resources around work authorizations, job searching, and industry specific information.

U.S. Department of Labor's Certification Data Disclosure (click on FLC Case Data)

Find companies who hired employees on H1B visa.

 

BOOKS

TITLE

DESCRIPTION

College entrance exam board. (2012). International student handbook 2013: All-new 26th edition. The College Board.

This resource includes information on 2,900 colleges, incorporating each school’s “international profile.” This guide covers financial aid, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirements, housing availability, and special services for international students. It includes step-by-step guidelines on how to prepare for and apply to colleges in the United States, find financial aid and obtain a student visa. This resource is valuable for both career counselors, as well as International students.

Davis, Jay and Garrod, Andrew (1999). Crossing customs: International students write on US college life and culture. New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.

Thirteen international students from various countries write on their experiences at Dartmouth College and share their perspective on U.S. college culture and life based on their experience.

Lipson, C., & Goodman, A.E. (2008). Succeeding as an international student in the US and canada. Illinois: The University of Chicago Press.

Succeeding is designed to help students navigate the myriad issues they will encounter—from picking a program to landing a campus job. Based on Lipson’s work with international students as well as extensive interviews with faculty and advisers, Succeeding includes practical suggestions for learning English, participating in class, and meeting with instructors. In addition it explains the rules of academic honesty as they are understood in U.S. and Canadian universities.

 

GET CONNECTED

Purdue International Connections (PIC)

Purdue International Connections (PIC) gives international students the opportunity to network and engage in professional discussions about job opportunities. We recognize the inherent challenges international students face surrounding job search and career development, so we strive to provide as many resources possible to help you become successful in the competitive workplace. Linkedin is a great tool for networking, job searching and enhancing your professional development. Create a profile to highlight your experiences, skills and future goals within your field of study/work.

 

POSSIBLE LINKEDIN GROUPS TO JOIN

  1. Purdue International Connections
  2. International Relations Network
  3. H-1B Visa Jobs
  4. Entry Level Jobs for OPT Students
  5. Job Openings for OPT/CPT Students – North America
  6. Looking for an Internship? Jobs & Internships in UK, US, Europe or China. Entry-Level Jobs Abroad

 

POSSIBLE TWITTER HANDLES TO FOLLOW

  1.        @Intstudents
  2.        @students_JOBS
  3.        @careers_intl
  4.        @EducatiusOPT
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RESOURCES & JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Purdue Dean of Students

Leadership Development Workshops

Student Organizations

Housing and Food Services

Student Employment

Research and Development Opportunities

Purdue Research Park

Purdue University Discovery Park

Purdue Alumni Association

International Networks

Purdue Alumni Student Experience

Opportunities in Indiana

Indiana Intern

Other Indiana Links

PMU Dining Services

Student Employment

International Students and Scholars

Clubs and Organizations

Global Professional Practice Programs

GEARE allows students to gain global competencies by study and intern abroad


G-PAL allows students to gain meaningful friendships through valuable global internship experiences.

Global Internships offered by Office of Professional Practice.

Student Affairs

VPSA jobs

Purdue Organizations

Organizations Directory

Summer Undergraduate Research

COE- SURF

Office of Professional Practice

Co-Op Opportunities

Study Abroad Office

Program Types

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters Club- Krannert School of Business

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Writing Lab

ESL Conversation Groups

Jobs in the Writing Lab