Many of our international Smeal students wish to pursue job opportunities in the United States. In addition to the typical job search activities, there are several legal steps students needs to take in order to work in the US, potentially adding some difficulty to the job search process.
Be sure to understand how the H1-B Visa process functions and how its requirements affect your individual situation prior to employment negotiations. Below is an important excerpt from an article released in 2009 by the US Citizen and Immigration Services:
"Fiscal Year 2010 H-1B Cap Count
As of December 4, 2009, approximately 61,100 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap. Any H-1B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H-1B cap of 65,000. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn."
To aide in the process we have compiled two lists of companies where Smeal graduates have either earned internships or full-time positions:
OPT and CPT Information - each year a representative of the Directorate of International Student Advising holds a session just for the MBA students to walk them through the process behind obtaining an OPT or CPT.
Doing Business in the USA - When doing business in another country, you need to have a high level of cultural awareness and respect for their different rules and behavioral expectations.