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International Student & Scholar Services


Please click on the following tabs for more information about the types of employment available for international students, applying for a social security number, marketing yourself in the job market, and helpful information on hiring international graduate for employers.

Work Authorization for International Students

All international students must have authorization from the Office of International Student & Scholar Services before beginning any type of employment. Please note that internships, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid, are also considered a form of employment. Failure to comply with this policy can be considered a violation of your immigration status, so please take time to carefully read the following sections before beginning any job:

Work Authorization Types

Academic Training
Academic Training is a form of work authorization available to J-1 students.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
CPT is available to F-1 students currently pursuing a program of study at Rollins. CPT jobs and internships must be related to the student's major course of study. 

H1-B Temporary Work Visa
This temporary work visa allows for long-term employment authorization in the United States.

On-campus Employment
On-campus employment is available to students studying under F-1 or J-1 status. This type of employment encompasses work that is performed on campus in the service of other students.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT provides an additional year of work authorization to F-1 students who have completed their program of study at Rollins.

OPT STEM Extension
F-1 students who have applied for OPT and have completed a program of study in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields may be eligible to apply for an extension to their 12 months of OPT.

Special Student Relief
Special Student Relief (SSR) is the suspension of certain regulatory requirements by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for an F‑1 student from parts of the world that are experiencing emergent circumstances.

Preparing for Employment in the U.S.

Market Your Experience
Use this guide to help you to articulate in resumes, cover letters, and interviews the skills and knowledge that your experience as an international student has built

Social Security Number
Information for students requiring a social security number in order to receive payment for work on or off campus.

Information for Employers

Why Employers Should Hire International Graduates