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Employability at Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU) provides an extensive selection of resources and tools to help international students pursue their dream careers. Its reputation for producing successful alumni also means that global companies look to ASU for skilled graduates to join their teams.

87% of ASU graduates get job offers within 6 months of graduation

(2019–20 graduate student outcomes)

Top 10 in the world for student-employer connections

(QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022)

Top 10 university with the most graduates working at the 20 leading Fortune 500 companies

(LinkedIn analysis for DegreeChoices, 2021)

#2 US university for banking-sector hires

(SHL LinkedIn analysis in 2020 of employees of 13 of the biggest banks in the world)

Top 10 US university for hires by Silicon Valley employers


Career preparation during your degree

While attending ASU, you’ll have access to a wide range of resources, services and extra-curricular opportunities to guide you on your path towards a successful career.

ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services offer all the tools you need to maximize your employability potential as part of the International Student Career Development Programme, including:

  • Résumé review and interview preparation
  • Advice on appropriate business communication and networking
  • Career and internship fairs and recruiting events
  • Access to over 40,000 internships and job opportunities
  • Workshops and presentations for international students
  • Personalized career advice and job search assistance
  • ASU Mentor Network offering one-on-one sessions
Sejal Kulkarni

Sejal from India

studied a master's in Business Analytics at ASU

I met with an ASU career advisor before all of my interviews. They prepare you according to the actual position you’re applying for, and ask you to talk about how your experience fits the specific job description. If you can’t answer that, then you know you have more work to do. They really helped me a lot.

There is also a chance to develop your employability skills and gain valuable experience by working on campus for the University during your studies. International students with an F-1 visa are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year.

Some ASU degrees require students to complete an internship course in order to graduate, but you can still do an internship even if it is not required. 59% of graduates did an internship or similar experience during their bachelor’s degree (2019–20).

The ASU Global Education Office’s partnership with the education technology company Virtual Internships provides ASU students with online global work experience programs. ASU’s Global Virtual Internship program places qualified international students in an internship with one of 7,000+ companies based on their personal interests, skills, academic background and career goals. While virtual internships are unpaid, students can gain valuable employment experience and up to 6 credits toward their degree.

By forging relationships with global companies, ASU offers students another avenue for career development during university. As well as big-name companies such as Adidas and Starbucks, ASU has joined forces with tech company Infosys to form an exclusive talent accelerator partnership. This collaboration lets ASU’s graduate Engineering and Computing students gain hands-on experience in the industry and earn certificates in several technology skill sets, expanding their career prospects in the process.

Your career journey after graduation

By offering lifelong access to free alumni career and professional development services, and through a network of 55 international alumni connection groups, ASU helps its students discover a world of exciting opportunities after graduation.

ASU alumni don’t have to look far for such opportunities, as Arizona’s capital city of Phoenix has become one of the USA’s top locations for graduate jobs. This is due to investments from world-renowned companies, and big-name brands choosing to base offices there, attracting young professionals with their high-paying jobs.

The number of job opportunities in Phoenix is especially high for tech graduates, as the city is home to nearly 700 software companies. ASU also happens to be one of the top 10 universities for technology company hires (SHL, 2020).

Over 5,000 ASU international alumni are currently pursuing Optional Practical Training (OPT) work opportunities in their field of study in the USA.

ASU international graduate employers

ASU is known for producing highly skilled and knowledgeable employees who are well-equipped to enter the working world, especially in the fields of technology and banking. Therefore, many global companies have ASU graduates on their radar when recruiting the next generation of talent.

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