The mission of Student Engagement & Career Development (SECD) is to support you in your career journey. Your circumstances might require knowledge on specific programs and processes so make sure you meet with an advisor in International Student Services.
Engagement & Career Development
The 100% Engagement Initiative at the University of Arizona is based on our recognition that experiences beyond the classroom provide a framework for our students to enrich their professional and personal growth, and the importance of those experiences is reflected by an Engaged Learning Notation on our students' transcripts.
The Global team believes very strongly that engagement, and particularly global engagement is a vital piece of your college experience.
We have developed two very unique engagement opportunities.
The Refugee Project - The Refugee Engagement Project provides undergraduate students the opportunity to gain or build on their existing intercultural competency and skills by volunteering with Tucson-based agencies supporting the resettlement process for the approximately 800 refugees who settle in Tucson each year.
Global Ambassador Program - The Global Ambassador Program is a leadership program for students interested in bridging cultures between American and international students and serving as ambassadors for the international and global community on campus.
LifeLab is a dynamic, supportive space where you can drop in during open hours to:
Explore your career options and interests
Discover and reflect on your strengths, passions, and skills
Edit and optimize your resume
Practice responding to common interview questions
Receive support for every step in your job search
For help with your resume or other job-related materials, please bring your laptop or a printed version of your materials. For discovery and career exploration, a laptop is preferred but not required.
Handshake is the job board and career development platform for University of Arizona students and graduates. Every current, degree-seeking student and recent graduate from within the past year has a new account on Handshake ready and waiting. On Handshake, you can easily search and apply for on-campus jobs, internships, and full-time opportunities with employers recruiting students and alumni.
If you are in F-1 status, you do not need to request authorization from International Student Services (ISS) before beginning on-campus employment. If you are in J-1 status, you must submit the J-1 On-Campus Employment Authorization e-form before starting employment.
A professional resume and cover letter are often required when submitting an application for jobs, internships, graduate schools or various other experiences. Along with interviewing skills, a good resume and cover letter help a potential employer get to know you and understand your strengths and skills. The Student Engagement & Career Development provides information for students to assist with creating a professional resume and cover letter.
The job or internship search is a process and takes time, planning, and the right information. The following resources provide information on potential sponsoring employers, occupational outlooks, and job opportunities. Plan out a strategy for your search and utilize as many resources as possible to create a list of employers to target in your search.
List of H1B Visa Reports
This list shows the top visa sponsors which can help you identify organizations that may be open to sponsorships. There is a job board as well as explanation of different types of work authorization & visas.
This site has career guides as well as job and internship postings all over the world. There is also an H-1B database providing information on American employers interested in hiring international talent.
Inside Higher Ed
Job Tips for International Students – Article outlining advice for international students in the United States.
A variety of information from international student financial aid, visas & immigration, working in the U.S., international student blogs with discussion from other universities across the U.S, and more.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Site has a H-1B employer data hub listing employers who have employed temporary foreign workers.
Information on adapting to the U.S., job searching, academics and socializing as well as many links to professional and cultural associations, job websites, and networking.
United States Department of Labor
Answers to questions for workers & employers regarding certification and the visa process.
Overview of US Visa & Immigration including information on financial aid, how to send money abroad, work authorization and US Visa wait times and USCIS immigration processing times.
An interview is an opportunity to show how your experience, knowledge, and skillset might meet the needs of a potential employer. It is also an opportunity for you to see if the job and the employer or organization is the right fit for your needs as a professional.
Networking allows you to develop connections and contacts, learn about your industry, discover opportunities, and is vital to the job search process. It is an opportunity to build relationships with professionals and to explore where you may both be able to help each other out – and develop what some call a mutually beneficial relationship.
Get tips and resources for interviewing and networking on the Student Engagement & Career Development website.
Student Engagement & Career Development hosts several events throughout the year to facilitate interaction between employers and students and alumni. They also post other career and networking events offered by others, like employer-hosted information sessions and workshops lead by campus partners.