Most of the colleges
and universities allow international students to work on-campus as part-time.
Students who are on F-1 visas can work on-campus up to 20 hours a week during
course time and up to 40 hours a week in their vacation, semester holidays and
summer time. Students are paid an hourly rate approximately from $ 8.00 USD to
$ 15.00 USD depending on the role of the job and these earnings help them to
cover their living expenses. Most of the students are placed in jobs based on
their experience, financial need and personal/communication skills. For
example, a student who has good English speaking and communication skills may
be placed at a university library where someone who has a lifeguard
certification may be placed at the campus Aquatic Center.
Students are allowed
to work as interns in their respective academic areas in small companies to
large organizations during course and vacation time. These internships are
considered to be the best and valuable part of the student's academics which
help them to gain practical experience during course time. Most universities
also offer academic credits for the internship experience.
international students are allowed to work full-time for one year in their
respective fields to gain practical experience. As of 2008, students in certain
subject areas can extend this up to 17 months. This extension of program is
called Optional Practical Training (OPT). Many talented students are hired as
permanent employees as soon as they finish their OPT program by getting a
sponsorship from their employers for an H-1 visa. The H-1B visa is a temporary
work permit visa given to foreign nationals to work in specialized areas like
Software, Teaching, Marketing Engineering and Marketing etc. The international
students have a chance to continue their jobs without leaving USA after this
status change approval.