As an international student, you are encouraged to take advantage of all services Career Exploration and Development offers. From resume reviews, to cover letter drafts, to interview preparation, to networking tips, and career exploration, we are here to help.
Additionally, your visa status can impact the work that you do on and off-campus and after Bowdoin. Off-campus experience usually requires using OPT. If you aren’t sure if your off-campus experience (volunteer, unpaid, paid) requires OPT, ask:
Khoa Khuong, Assistant Dean of Upperclass Students and Dean of Students
email@example.com | 207-798-7026 | Moulton Union
F-1 students can get experience without using OPT. Here are a few ideas:
On campus work
There are a large variety of jobs on campus during both the academic year and the summer, from dining to the library to academic departments. These jobs are an opportunity to gain career-specific skills and transferable skills such as communication, problem solving, and teamwork.
If you find an unpaid internship at home or abroad, you can apply for a $5,000 Funded Internship Grant.
The deadline is at the end of March each year, and there are info sessions in the fall and spring.
Departmental or Institutional Fellowships
There are a variety of funds to support research on and off campus through academic departments and the Office of Student Fellowships and Research.
Deadlines to apply for fellowships are typically in February.
On-campus clubs, sports, and organizations
You gain a lot of experience by participating in an organization on campus during the semester, or over the summer. For example, the Bowdoin Consulting Club organizes professional development activities and case interview practice sessions; the Common Good Grant Committee gives students the opportunity to manage a grant program; the Bowdoin Organic Gardens give you hands-on farming experience.
Questions you can ask a Career Exploration and Development Advisor
How can I get experience without using OPT?
What should I put on a U.S. resume?
How should I prepare for an interview?
What cultural norms are typical for U.S. recruitment?
What should I consider when choosing a career?
Additional Bowdoin Support
Lisa Flanagan, English for Multi-Lingual Students Advisor, Center for Learning and Teaching
firstname.lastname@example.org | 207-725-3056 | 102B Kanbar Hall
GoinGlobal provides country- and city-specific advice and resources for finding jobs and internships abroad.
MyVisaJobs lists employers who have sponsored visas in the past. You can sort by industry and see how many applications a company has made.
International Student provides job and internship postings for students who want to work internationally. There are detailed country guides for the US, UK, Australia, Europe, and Canada.
CorpsAfrica is a non-profit organization that recruits and places ambitious Africans in remote, high-poverty communities in their own countries.
As an international student, it is important to understand your visa status and requirements as they relate to work in the US. If you are hoping to work in the US after graduation, we encourage you to stay informed in regard to US immigration law.
Learn more at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.