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International Students

MSU’s Career Services Network has partnered with MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars to provide centralized online resources for international students. Check out the links below to access information specifically for international students. 

International Student Employment Guide (PDF)

For more information on services and resources available to international students at MSU, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars, room 105 International Center, (517) 353-1720, For topics related to career development, make an appointment with a Career Adviser.


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Home Country Search

Whether you wish to work in the U.S. after graduation, work in another country, or return home, it’s important for international students to spend time exploring work options in your home country.

Finding Work in the U.S.

Immigration law makes it challenging for international students to obtain full-time work in the U.S. after graduation. Many U.S. based organizations value the diversity that international students bring to their organizations, however due to immigration law, organizations have difficulty employing international students. 

Home Country Search Resources

  • See the top companies where international MSU alumni work in their home countries
  • MSU Alumni Network: Connect with MSU alumni in your home country
  • Research companies with locations in your home country and the U.S. Mergent Online is a resource available through the Gast Business Library that makes this search easy.
  • MSU student groups affiliated with the country where you wish to work are a great way to meet new people with connections in your home country
  • Reach out to friends and family to conduct informational interviews, and learn about their connections to hiring organizations
  • GoinGlobal: This online resource provides country- and city-specific career and employment information, including worldwide job and internship postings, H1B employer listings, career resources updated daily
  • Chinese students: Watch 10 quick videos on job searching in China, and find opportunties on our Chinese job board

On Campus Jobs and Internships

MSU hires more than 17,000 students each year for part-time jobs and internships on campus. Finding work on campus is easier for international students than it is to find work off campus, due to visa regulations. Search opportunities on Handshake and learn about MSU departments hiring the largest numbers of students.

Connect with the Career Services Network

  • Use your Handshake account. Handshake (replaces MySpartanCareer) is MSU’s website that includes information on advising, events, internships and part-time and full-time jobs.
  • Attend our workshops to learn about resumes, interviewing, searching for jobs, and more! 
  • Our Career Advising services are tailored for you – from new students that have not yet picked a major to PhD candidates, we’ve got you covered. Connect with the Career Services location that best fits your needs.

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Find and Prepare for Opportunities

Wherever you hope to intern or work, the Career Services Network can help support your search. In spite of the immigration regulations and company restrictions international students face when seeking U.S. jobs or internships in the U.S., some international students still attempt to secure these opportunities. A few quick tips:

  • An International student’s U.S.-based internship or job must be directly related to their major. For example, you cannot pursue an internship in Human Resources if you are a Psychology major. You must have a Human Resources major to pursue a Human Resources job or internship.
  • International students must work closely with OISS to complete U.S. government paperwork required for them to obtain a U.S.-based internship or job
  • Many U.S. based organizations value the diversity that international students bring to their organizations, however due to immigration law, organizations have difficulty employing international students.
  • International Student tips for transitioning to a U.S. workplace

Specific resources to help you prepare for and locate opportunities can be found below:

Know Your Work Authorization Options

F-1 or J-1 students (unless prohibited by J-1 sponsor) are eligible to work on-campus for 20 hours a week during the school year and full-time during vacation periods. Work that exceeds 20 hours per week on campus or any work off campus must be authorized by OISS. Check the Employment page on the OISS website or contact OISS for more details.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Career advising and access to Handshake are available for degree-seeking students and recent alumni. For American Semester students, Lifelong Education students, or any other students not enrolled in a degree-seeking program, the Career Services Network offers resources that may be useful to you.