International Students

It is important for international students to be aware of rules and restrictions as they begin to search for a job or internship. There are several offices across campus that can help equip international students with the tools they need to be successful in the job search.

International Student Internship Eligibility

  • International students are REQUIRED to meet with the Directorate of International Student & Scholar Advising (DISSA) before applying to an internship and also after accepting the internship. DISSA offers advising, immigration services, and training to support our international students, scholars, and faculty. This is to ensure that all visa requirements are properly met.
  • Students MUST enroll in BA395A to earn one credit for a summer internship because CPT, which is not a required part of a degree program, must be credit bearing. Be sure to review the CPT eligibility requirements and steps to authorization.
  • Students are REQUIRED to have all necessary paperwork completed by the staff in the Directorate of International Student & Scholar Advising (DISSA).
  • Failure to get the appropriate authorizations from DISSA can result in legal issues for the student that could result in deportation in certain cases.
  • An internship is NOT a requirement for the curriculum of a Smeal College of Business undergraduate degree program. International students with F-1 or J-1 visas are required to be enrolled in the University with full time status (minimum of 12 credits) in the fall and spring semesters. Because the internship is not a requirement for Smeal students, there is no exception to the visa requirements. This means that a Smeal international student CANNOT accept the following positions:
    Fall semester internship
    Spring semester internship
    Spring/Summer co-op
    Summer/Fall co-op
  • International students are eligible to participate in SUMMER INTERNSHIPS ONLY.

It is your responsibility to speak with the Directorate of International Student & Scholar Advising (DISSA) if you have any questions regarding these expectations, consequences, or surrounding circumstances. We are committed to assisting all students in the pursuit of their career goals.

For more information on searching for a job or internship as an international student, see our Hiring Resources for Smeal International Student packet.

Hiring Resources for International Students

Overwhelmed about finding an internship or job as an international student? This information provides helpful advice and resources on how to begin looking. Learn more here.

Companies That Have Hired Smeal International Students

These lists detail where Smeal international students secured their internships and jobs from 2015-2017 school years as reported in a student survey.

H1-B Visa Facts

Learn more about the costs and likelihood of getting a visa.

Penn State Office of Global Programs

Learn more about the rules and logistics of being employed as an international student.

International Internships

Students interested in interning abroad have a challenging, exhilarating cultural experience that includes a chance to build work skills, while learning about the working environment of a different country.

Helpful Sites for the Job Search

Scroll through the BCC’s list of job search resources to help narrow down what you are looking for!

Contact Information

Contact the Directorate of International Student & Scholar Advising (DISSA)

410 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-6348
Email: dissa-adviser@psu.edu

Contact the Business Career Center

114 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-6161 – Fax: 814-863-9953
EmailSmealCareers@smeal.psu.edu

Schedule a Career Coaching Appointment

Students can make an appointment on Nittany Lion Careers.

Interstride

Interstride is a new platform available for international students within the Smeal College of Business, helping students launch their careers both in the U.S. and globally.

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International Student Resources