One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
F-1 Employment Options
Employment is a benefit of the F-1 student status; however numerous rules and restrictions apply. Employment is considered to be the rendering of services for compensation. This includes financial compensation as well as other types of compensation, such as meals, housing, books or any type of reimbursement for transportation, lodging, etc. Working or accepting employment in the United States without proper authorization is considered a serious violation of immigration status, which can affect your ability to remain in the United States. F-1 students considering any type of employment in the United States should consult with International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) prior to beginning work. All students who plan to work in the U.S. must obtain a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) for employment and taxation purposes. Details about the Social Security Number application can be found on the Social Security Number (SSN) page.
F-1 Employment Options
For information regarding F-1 employment options, please click on the links below.
- On-Campus Employment
- Optional Practical Training
- Curricular Practical Training
- Employment with an International Organization
- Severe Economic Hardship Employment
- Unpaid Employment
Information Regarding All Types of Employment
- Working or accepting employment in the United States without proper authorization is considered a serious violation of immigration status, which can affect your ability to remain in the United States.
- An F-1 student may not engage in any type of employment off-campus until the student receives written employment authorization or an EAD card and the start date has been reached.
- On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week when school is in session.
- Acceptance of an honorarium without employment authorization is a violation of immigration status and could result in the loss of your immigration status.
- F-2 dependents are not permitted to work or accept employment of any kind in the United States.
- Self-employment is still employment, and requires the appropriate work authorization. Any plans to start a business in the US should be discussed with an immigration attorney before any work begins.
When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.