Apr 9, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

International graduates can work on campuses in the US. What do you need to know? Don't limit yourself. There are a variety of options if you know where to look.

International graduate students can work up to 20 hours per week as grad instructors, research assistants, or office assistants.

In a recent US News and World Report article,  Rebecca Aanerud, interim dean at the University of Washington Graduate School said, "International graduate students are eligible to apply for teaching assistantship, research assistantships, readers, and graders." 

The article cites Chinese national Ziyan Bai, a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She works as an office assistant and her roles include advising and mentoring students from all academic departments in addition to administrative duties like project management, reporting, data synthesis, event planning and event logistics.

She said, "Given my research area is on graduate education, and educating being a very applied field, having firsthand experience with what's happening among graduate students and postdocs can keep my research grounded in practice."

How can students find on-campus jobs? The university website is a great place to start. Talking to your department about assistantships is another good avenue to try. 

Students should also communicate frequently with their advisers to let them know about their interest in finding work. 

Creating the network is hard at first, but students often find success by starting with a few people first--like their advisers or professors--and branching out from there. 

The benefit of working? Some financial freedom--and maybe even some scholarship money.

Learn more about earning your graduate degree.

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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