In the College of Science and Engineering, approximately 10 percent of undergraduate students and about 50 percent of graduate students are international. Many international students are seeking positions in the U.S. and/or their home country.

Global, national, and regional organizations have an opportunity to recruit U.S.-educated international students for internships, co-ops, and full-time jobs.

CSE International Students

  • Have a rigorous, world-class education that matches industry needs. Our undergraduate programs in CSE consistently rank among the top 25 in the nation.
  • Participate in cutting-edge research, student organizations, mentorships, and leadership development programs.
  • Bring strong analytical and technical skills to address employers needs.
  • Have experience working in diverse teams and communicating in a multilingual capacity.
  • Bring a global perspective and an innovative mindset.
  • Demonstrate the key qualities of adaptability, perseverance, and dedication.

Internships

Internships can be offered part-time or full-time during school breaks. The work must be related to the student’s major field of study. Students can be authorized to work for the duration of the educational program (after his or her first two semesters). Students are responsible for personally filing paperwork with the University of Minnesota.

The University of Minnesota can authorize students for internships in as little as seven working days.

The employer need not complete government filings, and must only present the student with an offer of employment.

12–36 months full-time work after graduation/Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Positions can be offered part-time or full-time for at least 12 months after graduation. The work must be related to the student’s major field of study. Students are responsible for personally filing paperwork with the University of Minnesota and may be eligible to begin work as early as immediately following graduation.

International CSE Students are eligible for an additional 24 months of part-time or full-time work (for a total of 36 months) if hired by an e-verified employer (called a STEM extension).

The employer need not complete government filings, and must only present the student with an offer of employment.

Beyond OPT

Employers can sponsor international students for longer-term work most commonly by applying for H-1B or permanent residence through U.S. Immigration Services. Other visa possibilities also exist.

  • H-1B
    3-year duration, renewable for up to 6 years. Costs often range from $2,000-6,000.
  • Permanent Residence
    Known as green card. Expenses vary and include filing and legal fees.

Resources

Hiring CSE international students is cost-free and does not require government filing until at least 12 months post-graduation.

Note: Most University of Minnesota international students hold an F-1 visa and the work authorization described in this handout applies to these F-1 students. The small number of international students on other types of visas, such as J-1, may have different rules around work options. University of Minnesota students are responsible for knowing their own visa status and being prepared to explain its restrictions to employers. Advisers at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at UMN-Twin Cities offer general advice to employers about F-1, J-1, and H-1B visa work options for UMN international students. For information about a specific student the student must first sign our release information. You can contact ISSS at: isss@umn.edu or 612-626-7100.

Legal Disclaimer: This guide is not intended as and does not serve as legal advice. It is for informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional legal advice. Content is subject to change, and employers are advised to consult an experienced U.S. Immigration Attorney for advice and further information. For more information on regulations regarding hiring international students, see www.uscis.gov.