International Students' Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are some resources that I might want to take advantage of at GSCD? answer
  2. Which employers often hire international students? answer
  3. How will an internship be helpful in relation to my career development? answer
  4. When can I start interning once I am enrolled at the Elliott School? answer
  5. Am I eligible for a paid off-campus internship? answer
  6. How do I search for a paid on-campus internship? answer
  7. How long will my job search take? answer

1. What are some resources that I might want to take advantage of at GSCD?

We understand that communication and/or writing skills in English can be a challenge for some international students. The career coaches will be able to help you with the following:

  • Cover letter and resume critiques
  • Creating effective emails to alumni requesting informational interviews to discuss their professional interests and learn about their workplace environments
  • Practicing your interviewing skills through mock interviews with career coaches
  • Tips on networking and how to reach out to professionals, which is a critical part of the job search

2. Which employers often hire international students?

  • Many international students seek to remain in the United States for at least a year after graduation and find their nationality is an advantage in working for an international organization such as the United Nations, World Bank, or Inter-American Development Bank
  • Major management consulting firms, selected development consulting firms, research institutions, and think tanks may hire international students
  • It is best to discuss this question with a career coach to determine, based on your professional interest and past professional experience, which employers are good targets for further research and informational interviews with Elliott School alumni

3. How will an internship be helpful in relation to my career development?

  • The practical work experience gained through a full- or part-time internship with an American or international employer may prove invaluable and can lead to wider career opportunities upon graduation
  • International students will develop a better understanding of the American workplace and the skills needed to perform effectively with an international employer
  • A successful internship may result in an invaluable mentoring relationship with a professional in a position to assist with future job contacts and employer references
  • For specific information on regulations regarding unpaid or volunteer work, please contact the International Student Service Office (ISO)
  • For more information about Internship Resources, please visit ESCC

4. When can I start interning once I am enrolled at the Elliott School

If the internship is advertised as unpaid, it is best to speak with your ISO advisor to detour any potential problems or situations that may affect your immigration status. For more information, please contact the International Services Office at iso@gwu.edu

5. Am I eligible for a paid off-campus internship?

If you are in F-1 status and have been enrolled full-time at the university for one full academic year as an F-1 student, you can apply for Curricular Practical Training (.pdf).

6. How do I search for a paid on-campus internship?

You can either search through ESCC, pay attention to emails sent to by Elliott School to your GW email account, or visit GWork to search for paid on-campus positions. Note: International students cannot be employed in a position with benefits.

7. How long will my job search take?

The length of a job search will vary depending upon many factors, including: years of prior professional experience in a field, focus and clarity concerning targeted employers, and the "fit" of your experience and demonstrated skills with available jobs.

It's very important to begin your job search, explore career options, obtain relevant background information on a field, and initiate contacts with faculty and alumni during your first year at the Elliott School.

 

Contact Graduate Student Career Development

Location

Graduate Student Career Development
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20052 
202-994-3788 (p)
202-994-7702 (f)
escareer@gwu.edu

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
   (During the academic year)
After-hours by appointment only