International Students

Summer & Post-Graduate Employment

Beginning in your first year, there are many things you can do to help you succeed in getting a job after graduation. Take advantage of Career Development staff, programs, resources, and employer and alumni contacts. Also, spend summers interning either at home or in the U.S., and get involved in leadership positions on campus.

Step 1: Meet with Your Davidson Contacts

Meet frequently with staff members who will provide you with resources and guide you through the hiring process for internships and post-graduate jobs.

Director of Career Development Nathan Elton will work with you to create an individualized plan, locate employers, and succeed in the application and interviewing phase of your internship or job search. Schedule a meeting by email or phone, or visit his office.

International Student Adviser Jennifer Glass will help you to understand student work visas. Set up a meeting by email or phone, or visit her office.

Step 2: Student Work Visa Process

Be prepared to educate employers on the hiring process for international students and to answer questions about your visa status. Familiarize yourself with the F-1 and H1-B work visas, and contact Jennifer Glass with questions or for more details.

Step 3: Research Employers

As you search for internships and jobs, be sure to take advantage of alumni contacts as well as other Career Development resources. Thousands of organizations hire international students and alumni, while there are also some American companies, organizations, and government agencies that hire only U.S. citizens. Read job descriptions and the 'careers' sections of employers' websites closely before applying. Here are a few resources with which to start: