Employment Resources and Programs
Employment is always a popular topic for international students – from working on campus to looking for off-campus internship opportunities and exploring ways to gain experience after graduation. International students are not allowed to engage in work or unpaid practical experiences unless they have received the appropriate approval. For more information about how to gain approval, please attend one of our workshops or make an appointment to speak to a member of our staff.
- Employment Workshops
International Student Affairs offers workshops every semester to answer your questions and help you gain experiences that will enhance your resume but also maintain your lawful presence as an international student.
- Working On Campus
International students are eligible to work on campus for up to 20 hours during the fall and spring semesters and more than 20 hours during the university breaks. Please note that due to Hofstra University policy, J-1 students are not allowed to work on campus.
- Applying for a Social Security Number
International students who are authorized to work in the U.S. AND have a job offer may apply for a SSN.
- Filing Taxes
All international students are required to file taxes, regardless of whether they earned income in the U.S.
- F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Employment
F-1 international students may be authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) after completing one academic year. International students must receive a new I-20 with CPT authorization from International Student Affairs in order to begin hours for an internship, student teaching, externship, volunteer or any other practical experience off-campus.
- F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employment
F-1 international students may be authorized to work for one year through Optional Practical Training (OPT). Students must apply for OPT and gain approval from United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) before beginning employment. The USCIS processing time for OPT applications is 2-3 months.
- F-1 Severe Economic Hardship
Severe Economic Hardship Employment is off-campus authorization for F-1 students who are experiencing serious financial difficulties caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond their control.