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Hiring International Students

Many of our international students have found it challenging to get internships, since companies often think it's harder than it actually is. There's a lot of paperwork, to be sure, but not for the employer as most of it is done at Virginia Tech.

It is not uncommon for employers to consider hiring international students. Fortunately, it's not a difficult process for students to gain permission to work within the United States. In fact, most of the international students you may be interested in are on non-immigrant F-1 and J-1 student visas. This means that they can work under certain conditions.

Here are a few answers to common employer questions about this topic:

  • Do international students need special work authorization before a company within the United States may hire them?
    • No. Students only need to gain this permission upon actually beginning employment. It is not required of student to have permission before they are offered a position.
  • Is the employer required to fill out much paperwork?
    • No. All paperwork is completed by the students, the school, and the INS.
  • What duration of time may students work within the United States with their visa?
    • Students are able to complete curricular practical training before completing their studies in addition to twelve month of optional practical training before or after graduation or a combination of the two.