Hiring International Graduate Business Students
Benefits of Hiring an International Student
Bilingual (or more) language skills
Knowledge of business practices, norms, and local
markets of different countires
Remarkable adaptability and perseverance
Experience navigating international/multi-national firms
Terms to Know
Optional Practical Training
provides work authorization for
12 or 36 months of employment
Curricular Practical Training
allows temporary employment for
summer internships and part-time
employment during academic year
International Student/Scholar Services
office within University dedicated to
supporting international students
Visa Type for U.S. Employment
most common visa option for
employment post-OPT period,
good for up to 6 years
U.S. Customs & Immigration Services
government agency that processes
and regulates visa applications
Employment Authorization Document
physical card that provides proof of
work authorization post-graduation
for specific period of time
Hiring for Internships Hiring for Full-Time Roles
Cost to Employer
Complete CPT online workshop and paper-
work and submit to University’s ISSS office.
Student will take internship for credit.
None — All paperwork is completed and filed
by University and student.
ISSS will issue CPT within 7 business days of
Complete online application with University’s ISSS office.
ISSS processes, approves, and sends back to student.
Student mails completed documentation and fee to
USCIS to secure OPT work authorization. USCIS issues
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card.
None — Applying for OPT is student’s responsibility.
Student may apply for OPT with or without a job offer,
though attaching job offer can accelerate process.
None — There is no cost to the employer during OPT
period. Typical cost for H-1B visa sponsorship post-OPT
ISSS processes OPT paperwork within 7 business days.
USCIS processes and issues an EAD in 2-4 months. 12
months (36 for STEM programs) of OPT begins after
EAD is issued.
Our MS-Business Analytics, MS-Finance, MS-Supply Chain programs are STEM-designated, which extends the OPT
period post-graduation from 12 months to 36 months and provides a greater opportunity to attain an H-1B visa.
To learn more, visit: carlsonschool.umn.edu/hire-international