Employment & Experience Opportunities Always Available to International Students
There are over 50 departments on campus who hire student workers. F&M allows students to work on campus a maximum of 10 hours per week during school semesters and a maximum of 40 hours per week during summer break, winter break, and spring break.
Visit the Office of Financial Aid’s webpage to gain advice on how to obtain an on-campus job and learn about the necessary paperwork that needs to be filled out. Click here to view the departments that hire and click here to view F&M’s Bulletin Board.
Volunteer through F&M’s Ware Institute for Civic Engagement
Volunteering is a great way to gain relevant experiences related to your interests. Robust volunteer experiences can also be included as resume entries. Keep in mind that volunteer experiences should be related to civic engagement or charitable organizations. Other unpaid or paid work experiences will require an internship for credit related to your major with CPT approval (see more details below).
The Ware Institute offers a wide variety of local volunteering opportunities in the areas of educational outreach, human rights, public health, & social justice. Click here to get the Volunteer FAQs and fill out a Volunteer Application form.
Internal Student Research Grants
The Office of the Provost - Academic Grants Office administers student research grants awarded by the Committee on Grants (COG) from proposals submitted throughout the academic year. An example of a popular grant is the Hackman.
Click here to view the types of funding available and application instructions.
Campus Leadership & Club Involvement
Involvement in special interest clubs (F&M offers over 100), the college house system governments and events, and campus organizations including the writing center, women’s center, and international groups is a great way to gain valuable experience in areas related to your passion. These experiences can also be added to your resume and are most impactful when you take a leadership role.
Click here to view a listing of F&M’s Student Clubs and Organizations.
Off Campus Paid or Unpaid Employment Experiences
*** All International students with F-1 status need to gain employment authorization in order to work a paid or unpaid job or internship off campus. In order to be eligible for this authorization, students must first have a declared major because F-1 students are required to find employment that is directly related to their major.
For more information, please visit the Office of International Programs website.