Career Service Center
Mission of CSD
Driven from IGU’s mission statement, the mission of the Career Services Department (CSD) is to provide our students with ongoing career development services by assisting them to realize their full career potential and help them make informed decision regarding their future opportunities.
Our CSD team strives to help students identify career opportunities that fit with their values, interests, personality, and skills. We empower students by providing resources designed to foster the development of career skills that will serve them as competent professionals.
Career Services Department main functions:
Exploring Career & Training Opportunities IGU Student
When designing and planning the activities in our CSD, we periodically collect feedbacks from internal and external stakeholders. Our internal stakeholders are our students, faculty, and staff. Our external stakeholders are our employers, PAC members, and expectations of regulatory/licensure agencies.
In order to meet the expectations of both internal and external stakeholders, we use ‘SkillsUSA Framework”, as shown below.
IGU’s Career Services department offers various activities designed to engage students as active participants in their career development from freshman through alumni.
Values of CSD
Our philosophy guiding us during our day-to-day operation is to lead the effort of creating and establishing a culture of the career-centered campus.
Through strategic partnerships with the campus community and employers, Career Services will be the center for student professional development and career placement at IGU.
CSD upholds the following universal values:
Inclusion: To create a welcoming environment respectful of individuals’ unique backgrounds, beliefs, and goals.
Service-centred: To exceed the expectations of our internal and external constituents through open communication and responsiveness.
Student-centred: To promote student responsibility for lifelong career development through exploration, education, and experience.
Employer Connections: To develop and strengthen relationships with employers to create opportunities for students.
Collaboration: To partner with stakeholders across the University to enhance and support student achievement.
Outcomes: o collect and report data to the campus community to assist the leaders to establish data-driven decision-making process culture.
IGU’s job placement assistance and career services begin when a student is admitted. The University relates the student’s career development and job placement to his/her program and elective tracks as the student’s academic pursuit continues. Students may find pertinent career and employment information in an ongoing effort at the IGU website.
The Career Services Center offer a full range of services to enrolled students and alumni to further their professional development and transition into career fields. To assist upcoming graduates with their job search preparation the Career Services Center offers the following resources:
Job search methods
Interview preparation and role playing
Curricular practical training
Local business leaders as guest speakers
Career strategy development
Gainful Employment Disclosure
The job placement rates for each program are listed on the Student Consumer Information page.
Current Students & Alumni Services
The Career Services Department provides a number of professional development resources to assist you on your career journey. Whether you are switching career paths, polishing your resume or sharpening your interview skills, if you would like to schedule a one on one Career Planning Session or you have any questions about Career Services please contact at 703-941-2020, to learn more about resources available to you.
Schedule A Career Counseling Appointment
In the spirit of career development, career counseling is a space where you can talk about exploring your career options. As you clarify goals, a career advisor can encourage your growth and development while respecting your freedom of choice.
To schedule a career counseling appointment, visit our Tysons Campus (office 240-1), call us at (703) 941-2020. You can also email to receive a comprehensive list of career center workshops, on topics such as resumes, cover letters, interviewing, finding a CPT/OPT and more...
Schedule A Mock Interview
If you have an upcoming interview, you may want to schedule a mock interview with one of our career staff. A mock interview is a practice interview that we record and watch back with you, sharing our insights and advice to help you prepare for success.
Schedule A Pre-CPT/ OPT Advising Appointment
To schedule a 30-minute appointment with our CPT/OPT advisor, visit career services or call us at 703-941-2020.
Employment Opportunities for International Students
On-Campus Employment - Is not to exceed 20 hours a week while school is in session and 40 hours a week when school is not in session—in accordance with CFR § 214.2(f). You must also be enrolled full-time, be in good academic standing, and have valid I-20 status. To apply for On-Campus employment please complete the online application form below.
Off-Campus Employment - consists of CPT, OPT, Economic Hardship, and Internships with an International Organization.
As an F-1 student, you can receive work authorization for training related to your studies: optional practical training (OPT) and curricular practical training (CPT). You must have been enrolled in an SEVP-certified school as an F-1 student for one full academic year to be eligible for either type of practical training.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - Curricular Practical Training (CPT, 1 credit) is work authorization for students holding F-1 visas. CPT permits eligible students to gain specialize, curriculum-based training linked to the student’s field of study. Eligibility requirements include completing one academic year of study. CPT will only be authorized for students who have a valid, verifiable training offer related to their enrolled program. Students interested in CPT can find detailed information on CPT policies, procedures and requirements at the Career Services Center or by contacting the University’s DSO.
At IGU, CPT is considered as an integral part of the established curriculum. Therefore, for each degree program, IGU offers a number of CPT courses that at different level. Students are advised to consult with the program chair about when and how to enroll in a CPT class.
Credit received through CPT is not applied towards a students’ graduation requirement..