Career Services Center (CSC)
Mission of CSC
Driven from IGU’s mission statement, the mission of the Career Services Center (CSC) 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 CSC 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 Center main functions:
CSC - Key Points:
Current Students & Alumni Services
The Career Services Center 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...
Mock Interview / Big Interview
If you have an upcoming interview, you may practice a mock interview with one of our career staff or use a Big Interview application. A Big 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 a 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.