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Employment for International Students

Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session.  During breaks and vacation periods, students are permitted to work up to 40 hours per week. 

  • Apply for jobs online.
  • Get job offer from supervisor that includes a list of duties you are to perform.
  • Come to ISS with letter; ISS will write a letter to the Social Security Administration
  • Go to the local Social Security Office, fill out the application and submit this with your identifying documents (passport, I-20, I-94) along with your two letters.
  • You will be issued a social security number that is necessary for university employment, paid internships and OPT.


The internship is a "for credit" class.  If a student's program requires an internship the student may enroll according to their program's policies.   Graduate student internships are to be worked out with the student's academic advisor.  Undergraduate students must have attended UAA for a minimum of one year before enrolling in an internship.  Check with your advisor regarding the internship policy for your program.  Some undergraduate programs utilize  UAA Career Exploration & Services.


Students may work in the US for one year after they graduate.  OPT may take place anywhere in the US and the work experience must relate to the student's degree.  The application process is done through ISS and may not be started until 90 days prior to the program end date.  If a student's program ends spring semester they will need to contact ISS no sooner than February 16th; if the program ends in the fall the student should contact ISS no sooner than September 21st.


Students in certain science, technology, engineering, or math fields may apply for a two-year extension to their regular OPT.  This extension may not be filed more that 120 days before the end of regular OPT.