Questions?

  • Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
    202-885-3350
    Fax: 202-885-3354
    Butler Pavilion, Room 410

    Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ISSS advisors are available at the front desk for walk-in appointments.

    Bakar, Senem S
    Director, International Student & Scholar Services

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Employment Programs

1) Weekly OPT Workshops


Attending an OPT session is mandatory for all graduating students who would like to apply for both pre- and post-graduate optional practical training (OPT). The session explains the immigration rules pertaining to OPT and a student's responsibilities, as well as the application process and forms. OPT sessions take place at least once a week during the year, including summer.

An ISSS advisor provides information regarding the application process including:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Authorization periods
  • Travel issues
  • Employment reporting requirements
  • Application deadlines, and
  • Transition to work visa issues.

If you are beginning the process to apply for OPT immediately after the session, please bring:

  • All of your I-20s
  • Passport (which must be valid at the time of application), and
  • Your I-94.

Application forms will be provided at the session and the advisor will assist students in completing the forms.

When: Weekly
Where: Main Campus & once a semester at WCL
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2) Employment Session for F-1 Students (Main Campus)


ISSS invites all F-1 students to an information session outlining employment eligibility requirements, regulatory restrictions, and the application process of obtaining authorization for various types of employment options. This session will also address the regulations around non-credit unpaid internships, a.k.a. volunteering, and the safety precautions that international students must take when considering such opportunities.

All current and new F-1 students who are interested in gaining work or internship experience during or after your studies are encouraged to attend session.

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Where: TBA
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3) Employment Session for WCL Students

International Student advisor from ISSS will hold an employment information session for F-1 students. This session will outline eligibility requirements, regulatory restrictions, and the application process of obtaining authorization for various types of employment options under F-1 regulations. This session will take place at the Washington College of Law and it will also address the regulations around non-credit unpaid internships, a.k.a. volunteering, and the safety precautions that international students must take when considering such opportunities. This session is mainly provided for current F-1 students interested in gaining work or internship experience during or after your studies. Incoming or new students are welcome to attend this session.

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4) Volunteering Information Session


Mark Rhoads, an immigration attorney from McCandlish Holton, LLP, will provide a free information session about the risks involved with volunteering (as in internships without academic credit) while you are enrolled in an academic program. If you are interested in learning about U.S. labor and immigration regulations pertaining to volunteering, we invite you to attend this information session. This session will highlight why international students should obtain employment authorization for some of the unpaid internships/volunteer opportunities in today’s U.S. job market.

When: TBA
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5) H-1B Information Session

Peter F. Asaad, an immigration attorney from Immigration Solutions Group, PLLC, will provide a free information session about the H-1B and other work visas. He will also talk about the risks involved with volunteering while you are enrolled in an academic program. If you have questions about the transition from student to work visa, we invite you to attend this information session!

The session will cover the following issues (among others):

  • When can you apply for an H-1B visa?
  • What does your employer do in the process?
  • How do you transition from student to work visa?
  • How long can you work in the US on an H-1B visa?
  • How do you move to permanent residence from H-1B visa?

When: TBA
Where: TBA
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Light refreshments will be served.

H-1B Sponsoring Employer web site

For information on employers who sponsor international students for H-1B visas or to access the H-1B sponsors list , please log-in to the AU Career Web here and explore the GoinGlobal database. If you don't know your username or password, please contact the AU Career Center at 202-885-1804.

6) Alumni Professional Networking Session


ISSS is inviting international alumni who recently graduated and who are currently working in their field of study in the DC/MD/VA area to come to campus and speak to current students about their job search experiences and success stories. The Alumni will also take part in a speed networking exercise with current students to help boost their networking skills. If you are graduating this year and will be looking for work after graduation, do not miss this opportunity to meet these successful graduates.

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The views expressed in the above H-1B Session PowerPoint Presentation are those of the author.  American University makes no claim to accuracy nor do we endorse the organization. This information is being shared for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice on the part of the University.