Due to location and high domestic demand, biomedical international students looking to go into industry have strong opportunities for career growth within the Washington DC metro area. Review the sections below to get started.
Apply for OPT Employment Authorization
In order for F1 and J-1 students and scholars to remain in compliance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services after graduation, students will need to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization. The Office of International Programs contains a detailed step-by-step guide on how to do this as well as information on how to obtain your Social Security number.
Touch up On your Resume and your Interviewing Skills
International students are welcome to seek the services of the Cawley Career Education Center and Alumni Career Services. There, they can find access to guides and webinars covering resume and cover letter writing, and resources on improving interviewing techniques. The Cawley Career Education center also offers one-on-one consulting sessions. Students are encouraged to make appointments before hand though, walk-ins are accepted.
Language Programs: Additionally, students looking to further their English writing and speaking skills may want to contact the Center for Language Education and Development (CLED). CLED offers intensive english learning programs throughout the year.
International students may also want to explore Georgetown's Learning Exchange Program (LEP), which matches International students with native English speakers with the aim of promoting language learning through conversational exchanges. To apply, visit the LEP page.
Do your Research
International students looking for H1-B sponsor-friendly firms may benefit from sites like "My Visa Jobs", which contain significant data on the top firms hiring foreign workers, broken down by industry, occupation, and location.