Obtaining OPT, Student Offer Policies, Post Graduate Survey, Counter Offers, References
Student Offer Policies
In order to insure that Cornell students are treated fairly by companies recruiting on campus Cornell Career Services has established a policy which outlines how employers are expected to deal with offers and how students are expected to interact with employers throughout the offer and negotiation phase.
Please read and abide by the Student Offer Policy in order to maintain a strong relationship between Cornell and employers.
International Students: Work Authorization
International students who are planning to work in the US after graduation are required to apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training.)
- Optional Practical Training allows you to work off campus for one full year after graduation in your field of study.
- Those working in STEM fields may be eligible for an extention of up to 24 months.
- Students should apply for OPT no more than three months prior to graduation.
Update your address with all the parties that need it such as ISSO office, National Customer Service Center, and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Understand the US Work VISA process
- In some fields, the competition to find an employer who is willing to sponsor an H-1B visa can be significant.
- Once you receive an offer and have secured OPT the next hurdle is to be selected in the H-1B lottery where there can be close to 300,000 applicants for a cap of 65,000 regular + 20,000 (masters) spots.
- If you plan on staying in the US, you should make sure H-1B Visa sponsorship is part of your employment offer.
- It is often helpful to calm your fears by thinking about plan B or to plan a worse case scenario so that you are prepared for rejection if it occurs.
- Information on H-1B Visa
Negotiating the Job Offer
- Use the guides and read the articles available on VAULT through the Johnson Business School.
- Cornell College of Engineering Career Services has valuable information on negotiating an employment offer.
- Look at the most recent Post Graduate Surveys to assist with negotiating salary
- Read the many articles available on line about negotiating your salary, including:
- How to Negotiate a Salary for a Tech Job: The Balance
- 3 Steps to Negotiating a Start-up Job Offer: The Muse
- 15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer: Harvard Business Review
- How to Negotiate a Job Offer: Forbes Magazine
- How Much Does Industry Matter in Salary Negotiation?: Forbes
Who should I choose for references? How do I format a reference sheet? How do I ask someone to be my reference?
Choose the right person and the right format.
The best candidates to be references are usually defined by what the employer asks for so please read carefully about the type of request. Do they want personal references, work references, past supervisors, professors, or do they not specify?
If they do not specify, consider asking someone who can speak well about your skills as they related to the position opening.
Always ask people if they would be willing to be a reference for you before you list them on a reference sheet. It is nice to also send a copy of the job description and remind the person about the skills that you have that relate to the position so they can provide the best reference. Make it easy for them.