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Getting Work Experience While You Study in the USA: What Students Need to Know

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Studying in the USA can change your life—helping you improve your English skills and earn an internationally respected degree from one of the best education systems in the world. But why stop there? Getting work experience during your time in the United States is a valuable opportunity to learn more about your career field, improve your skills, and develop a worldwide network of contacts.

Pathway programs like ONCAMPUS prepare international students to meet the requirements for study at leading USA universities. We help to build your skills and knowledge in a range of different programs on the campuses of our partner universities, and when you successfully finish you can study at the university of your choice.

One of the best things about these programs is that you are supported every step of the way, including finding a college or university that is right for you and understanding the processes for working legally. Here are some of the benefits of working in the USA and what you need to know to get started!

Benefits of Work Experience during and After Study in the USA

Both studying and working abroad give you powerful benefits that will transform your personal and professional life. The USA is known for its excellent education offerings—and there are programs available in anything you can possibly imagine! Many of these programs offer internship or co-op opportunities at successful American companies, so you can practice the skills and knowledge you have learned in a real industry environment while making new friends.

Working in the USA is the ideal start to your new career

Our pathway programs and your university study in the USA will give you the English skills that allow you to confidently work anywhere in the world. Then you can improve your English and other skills as you interact with Americans in the workplace. Gaining valuable work experience in the USA looks great on your resume and will help you decide if a career path is right for you.

The United States is home to many of the biggest and most exciting companies in the world with innovative technologies and strategic methods, superior intercultural communication, and entrepreneurial teamwork. International experience demonstrates your initiative and adaptability—a big career advantage for employment around the world. Research has found that it also makes you more creative and a better problem solver.

How Pathways in USA Help You Find Work Opportunities

Once you receive a certificate of eligibility (Form I-20) from our institution, you can apply for an F-1 student visa that allows you to study in the USA. With this status, you have two options for working in the USA after 9 months of study:

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) lets you work full or part-time during vacation periods at an internship or job directly connected to the course you are taking
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows for 18 months of paid work following the completion of your program if it's related to your field of study

Pathway programs help you with the complex visa and admissions processes

ONCAMPUS is dedicated to helping students succeed—academically, socially, and professionally. We simplify the complex USA university admissions process, enabling you to earn college credits as you learn more about the country and your education options. No SAT score, personal statement, or letters of recommendation are required for our pathways in USA. We help you understand the rules and limitations of working in this country so you can a world-class education and get started on a career path you really love.

Want to know more about meeting entry requirements for universities in USA?

Contact ONCAMPUS for more information about our excellent pathway programs.

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