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International Employment

F-1 Students

F-1 student employment can be divided into two categories: 1) on-campus, and 2) practical training. F-1 students cannot work on campus during their first semester at ONU. Practical training is divided into two parts as well: Curricular Practical Training (CPT), and Optional Practical Training (OPT). These types of training are only available to students who have been attending a university full time for at least nine consecutive months. CPT involves employment that is usually required for a university course, or an internship credit. OPT provides employment directly related to a student's major.

J-1 Students

J-1 student employment can be divided into three categories: 1) on campus, 2) scholarship, fellowship or assistantship, and 3) academic training

On campus

The Exchange Visitor Program regulations permit on-campus jobs related to, or not related to, a student's field of study. However, J-1 students are typically not approved to work on campus at ONU.

Scholarship, Fellowship or Assistantship

Employment may be required in return for receiving a scholarship, fellowship, or assistantship. The work can occur on campus or off campus.

Academic Training

This is authorized employment related to a student's field of study. It is similar to an internship, in that it should provide hands-on, practical experience in a student's field. Exchange students not completing a degree are allowed Academic Training (AT) that is equal to the number of days spent enrolled in classes.

Academic Training must be authorized before employment can legally begin. An application for Academic Training must be made no later than the date of completion of the program of study, as indicated on the DS-2019. You must have a job offer related to your field of study in order to apply for Academic Training. 

Searching for Jobs

ONU's Polar Careers can provide a list of resources to assist you in searching for a job in the U.S.

Polar Careers

Anne Niese

Fax: 419-772-2007
McIntosh: Room 220
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed