Information for Employers
Virginia International University (VIU) is a small, private, non-profit university located about 20 miles outside of Washington, DC in Fairfax, Virginia. We offer graduate, undergraduate, and certificate degree programs in the fields of business, computer science and information systems, education, and public and international affairs. While the majority of our students are here on international student visas (F-1 visa), most are eligible to legally work during their studies here in the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m interested in advertising a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity. What should I do?Employers can register online through the Career Services Management System (CSM), our online job search tool, to post jobs or internships and view student profiles and résumés. All you have to do is create an account and log in. We will approve your registration, and then you will receive an email with log in details.
Are international students legally able to work in the United States?Yes, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers two governmental programs, CPT and OPT, which allow F-1 students to gain education-related experience in the workforce:
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT allows F-1 students to participate in paid or unpaid off-campus internships in their academic field of study. The training and experience that students gain through this program must be related to courses in which they are currently registered at VIU. Students are eligible to participate in CPT after they complete one full academic year of study. Students who participate in CPT are limited to working a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year. Full time work is permitted during the summer vacation.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT allows F-1 students to accept paid or unpaid off-campus employment which is directly related to their major field of study for up to 12 months upon completion of their degree program. Some academic programs even allow students to stay a total of 29 months. For many students, their OPT experience will be their first job in their career field. OPT allows participants to engage in full-time work as long as the work is related to the student’s academic field.
Is it difficult to hire an international student?Many companies are afraid to hire international students for the fear of added administrative work. Hiring an international student is easy for the employer. All paperwork is handled by the student and the school. The only documentation the student requires from the employer is an employment offer letter showing the employment dates (for CPT), rate of pay, job information, and date of hire.