Career Center

Employer and student discussing careers at Walk In Wednesdays

Jobs

Finding a job can be time-consuming and confusing due to the large number of resources available online and elsewhere.

Your St. Cloud State University Career Center has provided resources that will help you focus your current job search.

Keep in mind it's helpful to use a variety of methods when searching for a job, so check our additional strategies and tips

Handshake - Jobs and Internships Website

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Students login by clicking on St. Cloud State University sign on button and enter in your StarID and password. Alumni can request an account by contacting us.

Once registered, you'll have access to a variety of information about employment and career resources.

  • Full- and part-time jobs
  • Internships
  • Work study jobs
  • Graduate assistantships
  • Mock Interviews, LinkedIn Reviews and Resume Reviews
  • Career events and job and internship fairs
  • Candid Career videos for career preparation
  • On-campus interviews
  • Appointment scheduling

COVID Related Job Resources

International Student Information

A few of the top employers who have hired SCSU's international students

  • CentraCare Health Systems
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
  • Veritas Technologies LLC
  • View more

Continuing Education Locations for International Students

Internship Employers for International Students

Information on Optional Practical Training, Curricular Practical Training and the STEM Optional Practical Training Extension, is available through the Center for International Studies.

Job and Internship Search Tips

As an international student, you face certain challenges and restrictions regarding the U.S. job search.

  • Watch Job Searching for International Students which was coordinated by the Career Center.
  • Important: You need legal permission to work before starting. To seek the required work authorization, contact an international student advisor.
  • We suggest you begin your search early.
    • Communication skills are very important.
    • Use every possible opportunity to strengthen your command of spoken and written English. Keep in mind that the Career Center will be happy to assist you with cover letters and résumés, and all other aspects of the job search process.
  • When looking for potential employment, keep in mind that you have unique assets to “sell” in addition to your academic training.
    • Bilingual abilities.
    • Adaptability.
    • Unique cultural background.
    • Professional experience.
  • Networking is even more important for the international student than for a U.S. citizen.
    • We recommend you systematically make personal, written, or telephone contacts with relatives, friends and alumni in the United States and back home who may be able to help you in the search.
    • Fellow students from abroad who have gained some experience with the U.S. job market may be able to help you with your search for a position.
    • It is best to concentrate on employers that have ties (offices, plants, subsidiaries, marketing teams, sales forces) to your country of origin. They often have an interest in you working for them in this country, or to return to your home country after initial training in the United States.
    • Two useful directories available in Miller Center:
      • Directory of American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries.
      • Directory of Foreign Firms Operating in the U.S.
  • In most cases, you will be eligible for 12 months of practical training related to your studies, but you may find that some employers will be reluctant to hire international students because of their visa restrictions.
    • It is the best policy to be honest about your visa status with employer contacts. Please make your “permission to work” status clear in every letter, résumé or direct contact with a company representative.
  • One of the most invaluable sources you have here in the U.S. is your embassy. Foreign embassies often maintain lists of contacts for employment. Call them!
  • Discuss any concerns you have with an international student advisor.

*Adapted from “Advice for International Students”, Hofstra University Career Center.

Typical values of U.S. employers

  • Self-Promotion.
    • Assertiveness.
    • Confidence in openly discussing goals, personal qualities and accomplishments.
    • Follow-up with employers (telephone inquiries regarding application status, thank-you notes).
    • Appropriate dress/grooming/hygiene.
  • Communication.
    • Open and direct responses to questions.
    • Eye contact with interviewer and relaxed posture.
    • Appropriate space and other non-verbal behaviors.
  • Self-Disclosure.
    • Personal descriptions of experience, hobbies, strengths and weaknesses.
    • Answers to questions related to personality (e.g. leadership style, problem-solving abilities).
  • Career Self-Aware.
    • Demonstrating knowledge of self, career goals and how they relate to the job or internship.
    • Responsible for own career development.
    • Discussion of long-range plans.
  • Finding Employment.
    • Use of wide variety of resources for identifying jobs or internships: friends, family contacts, professional journals and associations, career center, and faculty.
    • Networking.
  • Interview Process.
    • Concerned with image and professional style.
    • Congenial interviewing environment that encourages openness, some joking, and exchanges of information.
  • Time Orientation.
    • Arrive 5-10 minutes before interview appointment.
    • Be specific and accurate with time descriptions.
  • Individual Equality.
    • Egalitarian attitude regarding wealth, social status.
  • Things to remember.
    • Some websites require a subscription and in many cases the subscription is not free.
    • Some websites require a student to obtain a username/password from their career office if the career office is a subscriber to the service (typically students can also get a subscription on their own if their career center is not a member).

Job Search Websites

NOTE: To search for internships on these sites, do a keyword search for "internship."

St. Cloud area and Minnesota

Other University Sites - Good Sources for Internships and Entry-Level Positions

Top Job Search Sites

Entry-Level Positions

Work From Home/Remote Job Search

Other Job Search Sites

Remote Work

Remote/Virtual Employment/Internship Sites:

Remote/Virtual Internships Working for Another Country:

Graduate Employment Site:

Other Resources:

Nonprofits

Sites Based on Location (including International)

Government Jobs

Minnesota

Other States

Federal - United States

Armed Forces