ICAway’s Guide for Employers: Hiring International Students

Hiring Global Talent: The Why, The How and Next Steps We believe that finding the right talent is harder than sponsoring a student. Hiring international students brings so many benefits to the U.S. job market. Therefore, ICAway is committed to advocating international students’ abilities to U.S. employers. This guide provides a few reasons why employers […]

How to Find a Summer Internship in Less Than 60 Days as an International Student

Is there still time for international students to find their summer internships? I teach job search skills to international students in the U.S. Many of them are grad students with work experience. Yet recently, they came to me hopeless. They said things like: “That Fortune 500 company I’m targeting has stopped receiving applications,” and “I’ve […]

Is Job Hunting Really a Numbers Game?

Dear Coach Kwan, I am an international student who is actively looking for a job. I hear from so many of my peers that they have been sending out dozens of applications each day. This is very discouraging since I know that most of them have sent out hundreds of applications to no avail. Is […]

What To Do When Your 90-Day OPT Unemployment Is Running Out

Dear Coach Kwan, HELP! I am now nearing the end of the 90-day unemployment period of my OPT. Unfortunately, I have not found employment yet. I am not ready to go back home just yet—what should I do? Best, A panicking unemployed international student I get a lot of messages from international students such as […]

How To Make The Most Out Of Summer: Networking & Internship Hunting

Dear Coach Kwan, Now that summer is here, I want to take advantage of having a break from school and focus on my job search. How can I take advantage during this time to maximize my chances of landing my dream job? Sincerely, A temporarily-free-from-school international student That is such a good mindset to have! […]

5 Steps to a Successful Informational Interview

Dear Coach Kwan, I feel like I’m doing something wrong when I try to network. I’ve asked my professor to connect me with a few professionals in his network. When I got on a call with those professionals and asked if they can refer me to the company, they all said that they would keep […]

3 Steps to Getting Referrals from Your Connections

Dear Coach Kwan, This pandemic has made job searching so competitive. I am so torn by online job applications that don’t yield results. You taught us about building meaningful connections with US professionals, and you advised we should not ask for jobs right away when connecting with people. I try to follow your advice, but […]

International Students:<br>Applying and Awaiting for my OPT

Post-completion Optical Practical Training (OPT) allows international students to work on their F1 visa status after graduation. Depending on the degree, this period can be from one to three years. This article will be exploring one international student’s process of applying for her OPT. We encourage you to follow her tips and tricks in addition […]

10 Things to Remember When Searching for Jobs in the First Quarter of 2021

Dear Coach Kwan, I feel like 2020 was a really difficult and unstable year for jobs. What should I be aware of this year to help me be prepared? A Soon-to-be Graduate International Student First of all, I’m so proud of you for making it through this unprecedented year! I know many of you are […]

What we got from the immigration attorney: Proclamation regarding H-1B, L-1 and J-1

According to the latest Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak, here is some helpful information that we have received from our NAFSA network, Mark B. Rhoads, who is the immigration attorney at McCandilsh Holton. Disclaimer: This is meant to be a general guide […]