Career Center’s Four-Year Plan for International Students

It’s never too early to start planning for your career!

To be a successful student and young professional, integrate into the WashU, St. Louis, and U.S. cultures:

Here are some things you can do during your time at WashU:

First Year

  • Seek opportunities to converse with Americans.
  • Attend an OISS workshop to learn about OPT, H-1s and Permanent Residency.
  • Explore your interests.
  • Stop by Career Center to meet with a Career Peer.
  • Attend Career Center programs and workshops for First Year students.


  • Learn your options for on-campus work, CPT, and OPT.
  • Attend Sophomore GPS.
  • Refine materials for internship, research, or summer job applications.
  • Participate in a leadership program e.g. LeaderShape.


  • Take ELP course on workplace or research writing.
  • Meet with OISS advisor regarding your plans and work authorization.
  • Attend Career Fair(s) and Junior Jumpstart;
  • Do at least one mock interview.
  • Find summer opportunity. Handshake is a good place to look for internship listings.
  • Attend Junior Launch.


  • Take ELP course on presentation skills, networking, and conversations.
  • Attend an OPT workshop.
  • Attend Senior Launch.
  • Understand application and hiring timelines.