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International Students

Career Success for International Students

The University of Michigan’s diverse, global community is one of its greatest assets. Because so many students and faculty come to Michigan from abroad, there are many networks and resources for those new to the United States.

The International Center (IC) is a great place to start. As a part of the Division of Student Life, the IC serves the international population, facilitates intercultural and international education, and fosters a global campus community at the University of Michigan and beyond. You will find information about…

  • Immigration and visas
  • Health insurance
  • Taxes and social security
  • Life in Ann Arbor
  • And more

Additional recommendations for international students searching for internships/ jobs in the U.S.:

  • Understand your visa status and employment options
  • Develop a job search plan; there is no job placement upon graduation in the U.S.
  • Focus on organizations that hire international candidates – and if your goal is to work abroad in the future, seek out companies with offices in both the U.S. and the country where you wish to live later. Check out the Top H1B Visa Employers site to see what employers have applied for H1B Visas. 
  • Hone your English language skills through U-M programs like Conversation Circles (through U-M's English Language Institute) and community programs like the Global Friendship Program  (through the Ecumenical Center and International Residence)
  • Meet with Career Services staff to review your resume and cover letter; emphasize your English language skills
  • Take advantage of mock interviews and networking opportunities to gain a competitive advantage in your search
  • Participate in social events to build relationships and practice speaking English in an informal setting
  • Market your international background as an asset that equips you with valuable skills, such as cross-cultural communication skills
  • Seek career advice from second-year international students and international alumni

More resources:

A step by step guide: How to find a job as an international student

UM Chinese Internship Initiative (new in 2017; we hope to see increased options in the future!)