Why Hire UCLA Luskin?
UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs graduate students are the next generation of public-minded professionals who will effect positive change in programs and organizations intended to encourage a just and sustainable society. Graduates from the Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning departments combine hands-on internship experience with critical thinking and analysis, connecting the dots between theory and action. Our program empowers students to pursue careers on a local, national, and global level, with an aim towards advancing public interest and empowering communities towards a better society.
Post Jobs and Internships on the Luskin Job Board (CareerHub)
We are in the process of onboarding a new Luskin job board called CareerHub. If you have a job, fellowship, or internship opportunity available immediately, please send your posting to: email@example.com.
If you have questions regarding CareerHub or posting, please email us.
Attend our fall Job and Internship Career Fair
Our career fair brings together employers from all areas of public policy, social welfare, and urban planning at the public, private, nonprofit, and government level that have job and internship opportunities.
There is no charge to register and participate.
Host an Information Session
If you would like to promote your organization, job opportunities, and meet qualified and department specific students, please contact Luskin Career Services. You can come in-person or to a Zoom presentation.
Luskin LinkedIn Group
Join our Luskin School of Public Affairs LinkedIn Group to connect with students and alumni.
Hiring International Students for Internships and Jobs
All current graduate international graduate students are eligible to work in the United States at jobs or internships related to their program. When classes are in session, students are eligible to work up to 20 hours a week. Between quarters and during the summer, they can work full-time.
All graduates are eligible to work in the United States for 12 months post-graduation under their F-1 student visa status. You DO NOT need to provide sponsorship.
Please contact Donna Lee Oda in Luskin Career Services for more information or if you have questions about hiring international students: firstname.lastname@example.org.
F-1 Visa Employment
F-1 STUDENT VISAS
Most students have an F-1 student visa.
Employment period: Part-time (up to 20 hours/week) during the academic year. Full-time (20+hours/week) between quarters and during the summer.
Employer’s Role: Provide students with an offer letter on company letterhead (include title of position, start and end dates, number of hours per week, pay, brief description of job duties). Sample Letter
Cost and Processing Time: There is no cost to the employer. The processing and approval time for CPT is within 5 working days.
Up to 12 months after degree completion
Cost and Processing Time: There is no cost to the employer. Students must apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) to be eligible to work after graduation. USCIS (US Citizen and Immigration Services) processing time for OPT takes an average of 90 days. Therefore, it is recommended that students submit their OPT application at least 3 months before their requested start date.
LONG TERM FULL-TIME POSITIONS: H-1B VISA
Employers can continue employing international graduates beyond the 12-month OPT period by filing a Petition for a Nonimmigrant (temporary) Worker on behalf of the employee, the most common category being the H-1B visa. Other visa options can be found at USCIS website.
H-1B petitions may be initially approved for three years but can be renewed for a total of six years.
The employer is responsible for filing the H-1B petition on behalf of the international employee. Many companies find that retaining an immigration attorney is helpful to facilitate the process. UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars can refer interested employers to law firms that have worked success-fully with our staff and faculty in the past.
Cost and Processing Time
Inclusive of the attorney fee and USCIS application fees, the total cost to apply for an H-1B visa is between $5,000-$7,000. The earliest date for filing a cap-subject H-1B petition is April 1. As there is high demand for H-1B visas, it is strongly recommended that applications arrive at USCIS on April 1. Approved H-1B visas become effective October 1. The process for cap-exempt H-1B visas is slightly different.
Cap-Exempt H-1B: Only 65,000 H-1B visas are given out for candidates who have completed undergraduate degrees, and an additional 20,000 are available for those who have completed graduate degrees in the U.S. An exemption to the cap is available to U.S. employers that fall into one of the three exemption categories including:
- Higher education institution
- Non-profit organization associated with a higher education institution
- Non-profit research or government research organization
Additional information regarding cap-exempt H-1B process can be found here.
J-1 Visa Employment
J-1 students are eligible to obtain employment authorization using “academic training” (AT) which is employment in their field of study.
Employment period: Academic training is available both before graduation (Pre-Completion AT) and after graduation (Post-Completion AT). Before graduation, AT is allowed part-time during the academic year and full-time during breaks, or if the student has advanced to candidacy. After graduation, AT is allowed either full-time or part time, but must be for a minimum of 20 hours per week. The total amount of time allowed depends on the duration of the exchange program up to 18 months. Students with Ph.D. degrees may be extended for a total of 36 months. Some J-1 students have a two-year home residency requirement that must be either waived or fulfilled before they can pursue other employment options such as H1-B or Permanent Residency.
Employer’s Role: Provide students with a job offer letter. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for Academic Training prior to starting employment.
Student’s Role: Submit Academic Training requests before beginning employment and before the academic program completion date if applying for Post-Completion AT. Students approved for academic training will receive an updated DS-2019 showing Academic Training Approval and an employment authorization letter. Both the letter and DS-2019 will show the duration of your academic training approval based on your application and job offer letter.
Cost and Processing Time: There is no cost to the employer. Dashew processes the student’s Academic Training documentation within 10-14 working days.
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Doesn’t an employer have to prove that international students are not taking jobs from a qualified American?
A: Not if a person is working with F-1, J-1, or H-1B status. Employers must document that they did not turn down a qualified American applicant for the position only when they wish to hire a foreign citizen on a permanent basis and sponsor them for a “green card” (permanent resident status).
Q: Can I hire international students as volunteer interns?
A: Normally, if the internship involves no form of compensation and is truly voluntary, the students may volunteer without obtaining employment authorization. If, however, the internship provides a stipend or any compensation, students must obtain employment authorization prior to starting the internship.
EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION QUESTIONS?
UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS)
JOB POSTING QUESTIONS?
UCLA Luskin Career Services