Employment

You should not assume that you are automatically eligible to work in the United States. Unauthorized employment is one of the most serious violations of F-1/J-1 student status. Any unlawful employment - even for one day - even if you did not know it was illegal - poses a serious threat to your ability to remain in or return to the United States. You should speak with an International Student Advisor before accepting any employment.

International students in F-1 status may be eligible for the following types of employment authorization:

  • On-Campus Employment
  • Practical Training--Curricular & Optional
  • Economic Hardship Work Authorization

International students in J-1 status may be eligible for the following types of employment authorization:

  • On-Campus Employment
  • Academic Training
  • Economic Necessity Work Authorization

Attend our informational sessions called "F-1 Employment Options" and "J-1 Employment Options" to learn more; these are offered twice each semester and once in the summer.

 

Definition of Employment

Employment is any type of work performed for services provided in exchange for money, tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, food or any other benefit. If you receive no pay or other benefit for the work performed, this activity is not generally defined as employment and may be considered to be volunteer work. However, you may not work without payment for a job that would otherwise be paid to someone else.