If you are interested in working while you are completing your studies, it is important to know the limits and regulations in place which correspond to your visa status. The Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services Employment page details this information for you on their website so you can learn what your options are and how to find employment.
F-1 and J-1 students are eligible to work on-campus during their studies. However, there are limits on how many hours you may work. Rutgers Global–International Student and Scholar Services provides workshops for you to learn more about this option.
F-1 students may participate in off-campus employment opportunities, as long as they are directly related to their field of study. The two options are Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Both CPT and OPT can be pursued during your studies; however, OPT is the only option for employment once you have finished your degree while still maintaining your F-1 status. Please see your international student adviser for more information on the best option for you.
J-1 students are eligible to participate in 18 months of academic training for a specific job. To learn more about this option, please discuss with your international student adviser and consult Rutgers Global’s Academic Training for J-1 Students page for more information.
VOLUNTEER WORK AND UNPAID INTERNSHIPS
It is important to know the difference between volunteer work and an unpaid internship, because one requires work authorization and the other does not. If you are unsure of which category your opportunity falls into, please visit your international student adviser. You can learn more about the specifics on the Rutgers Global Unpaid Internships and Volunteering page.