Discover Resources for International Students & Students with Disabilities

The career planning process can be difficult for any student. Career Success will direct you toward resources and strategies that are specific to your needs.


Resources for International Students

As an international student, you have various attributes that are valuable to an employer. Your status speaks to your willingness to travel, seek new experiences and adapt to a different culture. The key for securing your desired position is to recognize all of the skills and experiences that you offer and be able to confidently communicate your value to show the employer that you are the best fit. You must also manage your expectations. Seeking professional experience for an international student in the US can be a challenge. Learn how to navigate through the process using these strategies and resources.

Career Development Strategies

  • Manage your expectations by broadening your search area, specifically when seeking career employment. It’s important not to limit your search to one metro area. Search nationwide and abroad, including your home country.
  • Take advantage and remain connected with the resources and services offered by the Center for Career and Professional Success. 
  • Get involved on campus and seek experiences such as an internship, part-time campus job, volunteer, and attend campus career events.
  • Embrace opportunities to enhance your English speaking skills. Learn about the English Conversation Program.

Helpful Resources

  • GoinGlobal – Access via Handshake:
    • H1B Plus database provides millions of visa application listings for American employers seeking to hire international talent in the United States. Search the database to identify employers that have historically hired international professionals with your skill set.
    • Country and USA City Guides: Explore world-wide internship opportunities, job listings and industry and employment trends.
  • Stay connected to the Office of International Affairs (OIA). OIA is your primary resources for questions or concerns about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optical Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. OIA offers workshops to help international students understand the eligibility and application procedures.
  • English Conversation Program: OIA offers this program as an opportunity for international students to practice English communication skills and learn about U.S. culture.
     

Resources for Students with a Disability

Did you know that self-identifying as having a disability can be beneficial to your career search? The Center for Career and Professional Success has made it easy to do so from Handshake. Once logged in, click the My Account tab, then the Personal sub-tab to edit your account.

This ensures that you receive communication from the Center alerting you to events and job postings from employers who are seeking to hire in support of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation and Disabilities Act of 1973, which regulates the recruitment and hiring practices of federal contractors in order to increase the number of people with disabilities in the workforce. Your information will be kept private and will never be shared with anyone.

Wondering about what is considered a disability?

  • For a comprehensive list of specific disabilities, go to: https://askjan.org/links/atoz.htm.
  • Common disabilities include: learning and attention issues, autism spectrum disorders, cancer and major depression. 

Resources

  • Register with The Office of Student Life Disability Services (SLDS). SLDS is committed to creating an accessible educational experience for students with disabilities. They partner with students, faculty and staff to design accessible environments and to provide academic accommodations and support services.
  • Ohio Business Leadership Network (OHBLN), provides Ohio employers with valuable information and resources that enable them to enhance their diversity initiatives through the successful recruitment, selection, training and retention of a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities. The OHBLN is an affiliate of Disability:IN, nationally, there are 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates, representing 5,000 employers. The OHBLN supports the hiring of individuals with disabilities through collaboration with their corporate partners and career programming for students.
  • Lime Connect is a global not for profit organization that attracts, prepares and connects high potential university students and professionals - including veterans - who happen to have all types of disabilities for scholarships, internships, The Lime Connect Fellowship Program, and full time careers with their corporate partners - the world's leading corporations. Members of The Lime Network enjoy a lifelong experience that goes far beyond connecting for careers.  Through a variety of professional development offerings, coaching and social events, members receive the tools, and the self-confidence, to reach their full potential professionally and personally.
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN):  The leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. 
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