Hiring International Students
Vanderbilt's international students represent some of the best and brightest management talent from around the world. Their language skills and cultural knowledge are invaluable resources in a global marketplace. They are proven risk takers, adaptable and driven to succeed at the highest levels.
Most international students hold F-1 visas, making them eligible for summer internships in the U.S. without sponsorship, and with no expense and minimal paperwork on your company’s part. Vanderbilt provides the work authorization; the employer only has to provide an offer letter on official letterhead, including:
- company name and address
- position title
- brief job description
- starting and ending dates
- name of immediate supervisor
- how position is relevant to the student’s course of study
- whether the position is full- or part-time.
Timing: Students can begin work after the last day of exams, provided Vanderbilt's authorization to work is on the student’s I-20 visa certificate prior to employment start date.
Cost: There is cost to the employer for handling the authorization.
Short-term Employment after Graduation
Students with an F-1 visa who have been enrolled full-time for the previous nine months can apply for a maximum of 12 months of U.S. work authorization through Optional Practical Training (OPT). The student is responsible for all application procedures and fees, so this process is not time-consuming or costly for recruiters. International students are not required to have an official offer before applying for this type of work authorization.
Timing: The student must receive an employment authorization card from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and can begin working within the dates shown on the card.
Cost: There is no cost to the employer for handling this paperwork. The student pays the filing fee to USCIS to receive the work authorization card.
Long-term Employment in U.S.
Many international students are such strong candidates that organizations choose to sponsor them for long-term employment in the U.S. beyond the short-term OPT period. Though citizenship situations vary, most human resources departments are familiar with the process involved in obtaining an H-1B visa.
Timing: Start date varies depending on the work location.
Cost: The cost to the employer varies depending on company’s number of full-time equivalent employees. Filing fees must be paid by the employer.