The Center for Career and Professional Development is committed to assisting our international student population in gaining knowledge of professional development and employment opportunities and in developing the necessary skills to secure gainful employment in their chosen career field upon graduation.  Our goal is to welcome international students to the Center and to encourage them to utilize the full range of the Center’s career and professional development and employment consultation services.
Looking for employment or internships in any country can be a difficult task, but when you are an international student in that country it can make the process much more challenging.  We can help you with the following:

Career Planning
For any student, the career planning process begins by learning to identify interests, skills, personality and values, and matching those to internship and employment opportunities. For more information on career assessment tests, please see

The Internship and Employment Search Process in the United States
Looking for internships/externships or employment opportunities in your field of interest will help build your experience and skills as well as strengthen your ability to create a strong network. For international students, the following additional challenges must be addressed to ensure success in the internship and/or employment search process. 

Hiring Complexities
Many recruiters/employers will not consider international student applicants because they are under the impression that the hiring process is time-consuming and complicated. To help refute this misconception, international students should always be well versed in the authorization and hiring process when preparing to interview. Please refer to the following to learn more about hiring practices for international students:

Cultural Differences
Just as there are cultural differences in educational and social systems, there are cultural differences in employer/recruiter expectations in the hiring process.

Language Skills
Finding the right words to express yourself professionally can be very difficult in a language that is not your first.  Improving English speaking skills can greatly enhance your hiring potential.

American style résumé and cover letter
There are differences in the style and format of résumés depending on your cultural and ethnic background. Before you begin applying for internships, jobs, graduate schools and/or special opportunity programs in the United States, international students should learn to prepare an American style résumé and cover letter. The reality is that even the best résumé and cover letter in your home country may not be appropriate for an employer or recruiter in the United States, just as an American résumé may need to be altered for an employer in another country.  

The Interview process
International students should not make the assumption that employers have an appreciation of cultural and stylistic differences between American students and those from other countries. Even if employers do hold an understanding of the differences that affect an international student’s interview performance, it is still the student’s responsibility to learn how to conduct the interview and hiring process according to American standards.

Building a Network
International students may not have many professional connections in the United States. Cultivating a strong network of faculty, internship coordinators, club sponsors, career development staff, and mentors over your four year college career can not only “build” your résumé but can guarantee that you can compete successfully for internships, employment, scholarships and graduate school admission.  

Scholarships, Fellowships and Graduate School Opportunities
(include CSI Scholarship program)

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Many scholarship and fellowship opportunities require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status, which presents a significant challenge for international students who are seeking funding for their education. However, several opportunities do exist for international students. The CSI Scholarship Program is open to all full-time CSI students who have achieved at least a 3.25 GPA, regardless of residency/immigration status. Applications become available during the fall semester, and the annual deadline occurs on the last business day of February. Students may pick up an application at the Institutional Advancement Office located in Building 1A-401, or download it from their website.
  • The City University of New York also offers scholarship opportunities to its students. With the exception of a few programs, all students are welcome to apply regardless of whether they are a citizen or resident. These awards, along with a multitude of additional external scholarships, can be viewed by creating an account on Careers24/7 in order to access CSI’s Fellowship and Scholarship Database online. Students are advised to view all award categories that pertain to them; under each award, the eligibility criteria states whether citizenship or permanent residency is required.
  • Students may also review a free search website containing numerous scholarships specifically for international students at:


Graduate Study

  • Applying for graduate programs follows much of the same process as would be required for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, which often includes writing a statement of purpose, obtaining letters of recommendation, and attending an interview. However, additional forms and information may also be part of the application for international students. Students should consult with graduate admissions personnel at the school they wish to attend to ensure they have secured all necessary documentation. These requirements can include proof of immigration status and official transcripts from their home institution which may require translation into English. In addition to possible entrance exams such as the GRE, international students may be required to submit proof of English proficiency via the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • International students should be aware that like undergraduate tuition rates, graduate tuition will also be significantly higher.
  • For information regarding graduate programs at the College of Staten Island, contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, located in 2A-103, at 718-982-2019
  • For graduate programs within CUNY, students may visit:
  • All students should exercise caution when searching for programs outside of CUNY (including CSI), because some websites contain programs from schools that have paid premiums to be featured on the website. These websites may not provide accurate information about the school’s ranking and reputation. Students are encouraged to use Peterson’s Graduate and Professional Programs Guide, a reliable and trusted resource for graduate school information. Students may visit the CSI Library for access to this guide, which may only be used within the library facility.
  • For comprehensive information regarding graduate study and personal statement writing, students may visit: