Careers & Internships

Your experiences at BU—from academic and social activities to internships and student leadership—all help shape who you are and who you will become personally and professionally.

Campus Career Services

At BU, we help you navigate the steps of career development so that you are maximizing your time and, by graduation, are well prepared for your career path—whatever it might be. We offer comprehensive career development support, including career counseling, help with résumés and interviews, networking events, and much more.

Center for Career Development (CCD)

The CCD seeks to educate and empower BU students and alumni to make informed decisions regarding their academic and career development in preparation for a meaningful career path. This starts with self-discovery and a one-hour session, Career Directions, designed for new students to begin this process. Approximately 80% of jobs are found through networking, a skill that the CCD teaches.

Career Advisory Network

BU’s alumni live and work around the world, and connecting with them can be an excellent way to explore career options. This network, run by the BU Alumni Association, can connect you to alumni in your field of interest.

School-Based Resources

Some schools and colleges have access to additional career resources for specific industries.

Internships

Whether to build upon your academic work or to explore possible career paths, internships offer a valuable way to develop your skills and knowledge. Read about what a few BU students have done in their internships.

Practical experience is often an important part of your education. Your student status and your academic program requirements will help determine your internship options. Your International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) advisor will help you figure out your eligibility and obtain the Curricular Practical Training authorization required. Be sure to check with your ISSO advisor before seeking or accepting work.

Working On Campus

International students with work authorization may seek positions using the Student Job Service, through the Job Board (long-term part-time and summer jobs), or Quickie Jobs (short-term employment). You may also find opportunities through word-of-mouth, or by looking at job listings posted around campus by departments seeking help. You can get help with tax information from the Student Employment Office as well.

Student Payroll ensures that the University’s student employees are paid in an accurate and timely fashion. Student Payroll maintains personnel and payroll history for student employees, and works closely with the ISSO to make sure all federal and state payroll regulations are met for students working on campus. Student Payroll also provides employment verification, past and present, for students employed at the University.

Working Off Campus

Most international students can’t work for anyone but BU until after graduation, but there are a few exceptions. For example, some F-1 students may be eligible for Curricular Practical Training for F-1 students, while some J-1 students can apply for Academic Training during or after their program. Read the rules for F-1 and J-1 off-campus employment.

Work After Graduation

Many international students want to temporarily stay in the US after graduation to get more experience in the field. There are different ways to do this, depending on your status.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): For F-1 students, this authorizes work experience related to a your major field of study, but not required by your academic program.

17-Month STEM Extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT): You may be eligible if your major is in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field.

Academic Training (AT): For J-1 students, this permits off-campus work, training or other experience, either paid or unpaid, that is directly related to your field of study. AT may take place either before or after completion of studies.