International Students

Whether you’re looking for work in the United States, your home country or elsewhere, we are happy to help you prepare your resume, cover letter, portfolio, and the other things you need for your search. While it should be noted that all questions about work visas and other paperwork should be handled directly by International Support Services, our resources and personnel are ready to help you be prepared.

For a handy reference to the type of help Career Planning & Development offers, download this handout.



Interview Preparation

Career Planning & Development is available to assist you with your interview preparation needs. If you are looking for interview FAQs, interview attire, top interview questions or behavior based questions click on our Job Search Guide. Our staff is also available for mock interviews. Please call and schedule an appointment today!

Virtual interviews can be tricky, this video gives tips to help!

Career Assessments

Focus 2 is a self-paced career platform designed to help you decide on your career goals by providing you with valuable information about yourself, occupations, and majors. The assessment is free for students, alumni, faculty, and staff. To optimize your use of Focus 2, be sure to:

  1. Complete all assessments within the Career Planning Foundations & Self Assessment sections.
  2. Remember your username and password.
  3. Schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor through Handshake to review your results.

Please select the appropriate link below to get started!

First Time Users: Create a New Account (Access Code: panthers)
Returning Users: Logon Now!

Additional Information:


The following sections are included in the Focus 2:

  1. Career Planning Foundations

This section offers 3 assessments career planning involvement, academic strengths, and career readiness.

  1. Self Assessment
    This section offers a series of assessments. After you complete these assessments, Focus 2 will use your answers to connect you to occupations and majors that correspond to your interests, skills, values and personality.
    • Work Interest Assessment
    • Values Assessment
    • Personality Assessment
    • Skills Assessment
    • Leisure Assessment
  2. Explore the Possibilities
    This section offers you an opportunity to explore, learn about, and compare occupations by their title, industry, and major. You can review detailed reports of any occupation(s) to inform your career decision making process.
  3. Take Action
    This section enables you to create a roadmap of your academic and career development activities.
  4. Career and Education Planning Results
    This section offers a report summarizing your use of Focus 2, including your assessment results and any occupations saved as your favorites.
  5. Recommended Tools & Websites
    This section offers websites for job and internship postings, and links to resources recommended by the Career Development Center’s staff.


Handshake is an online career services and job search platform offered to students and alumni by Career Planning & Development. You can use it to search for full-time, part-time, internship and on-campus employment opportunities.

In addition, you can use Handshake to book appointments with Compass Center staff. 

All students are pre-registered with Handshake, so just sign-in with your email and get started!

Cover Letter Help

Having a targeted and error-free cover letter is a key component of the job search process. If you have no idea where to start with a cover letter, check out this great step-by-step guide put together by If videos are more your thing, take a look at our video guides below. And as always, contact us if you need more help.

Cover Letters: Part One

Cover Letters: Part Two

Cover Letters: Part Three

Employers that Hire International Workers

As an international student, it can be daunting to find employers who might be willing to sponsor you. While CP&D development can’t guarantee what you’ll find, we do recommend you check out H1 Visa Jobs Sponsors, and that you connect with International Support Services here on campus. Naturally, if you have anything we can help you with, give us a call!

Some other really great resources:

F1 Employment Rules and OPT

Union College’s U.S. Employment Handout

Tips for the Job Search

Four Year Plan

A four year plan is like a road map, designed to help you navigate your undergraduate years in a way that will prepare you best for the job market. Feel free to print a copy of the four year plan checklist, and watch the video below to get a quick overview.

Plans by Year: 
Year One
Year Two
Year Three
Year Four

Graduate School Prep

Maybe instead of heading into the workforce, you’re considering a stop by graduate school first. Or, perhaps, you’re interested in working a few years and coming back for graduate school. Either way, you have a big decision ahead of you. The resources in our specially designed handbook are meant to help you outline what the decisions you’re making are and why, as well as research and understand the impact graduate school may or may not have on your future career.

Internship Information

Internships are a fantastic way to learn on the job skills, not to mention earn credit hours. Career Planning & Development is happy to help! To get the basics, check out the video; to get more detailed information, and find the paperwork you need, head to our internship information page.

Major & Career Information

Career Planning & Development can assist you in determining the best major or career to suit your interests, values and abilities.

Important points to remember when choosing your major:

  • Choose something you enjoy
  • Explore your options before deciding
  • Gain experience outside of your major through other classes and departments, activities and internships.
  • Most occupations are open to a wide variety of majors.

To start your research, try the following websites:

What can I do with a major in…?: A list organized by major that will give you an idea of what you can do with various Drury majors.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site will give you up-to-date information on job statistics, outlook, pay, and necessary education.

O*NET Online: This site offers descriptions of every career you can think of. Look here to make sure you really understand what a career is like. A site that collects information and user-generated data to offer insights into various companies, both about employee experience and salaries. Glassdoor also provides job listings.

NACE Salary Resources: A grouping of resources to help you determine the potential earning capacity of your graduating class.


Did you know that approximately 70% of jobs are found through networking? It’s a truism that networking is crucial to a successful career. However, the idea of networking can be nebulous and often intimidating. To help you get started, we’ve put together a handout and a video to give you an overview of basic networking ideas. Contact us if you want to discuss networking further!

On Campus Recruiting

On Campus Recruiting (OCR) is a great way to get interviews for both internship and professional opportunities, and there are plenty of frequently asked questions about it. Check out our FAQs video below, or download the OCR FAQ handout.

Drury sponsors an Annual Job/Internship Fair in February at the Springfield EXPO Center along with 4 area colleges (Missouri State University, Evangel University, Southwest Baptist University and College of the Ozarks). Approximately  200 employers and graduate schools attend!

Each September Drury hosts Soak Up Springfield to bring job, internship and volunteer opportunities to you! Bring your resume and/or business cards and keep an eye out for the booths marked with an “Ask Me!” table tent. This is a great chance for you to make some professional connections as you get to know Springfield a little bit better.

Online Image

Your online image is a crucial part of your career development and your job search. We strongly encourage you to audit your online presence. We also have a great list of tips to help you manage your online image.

Further, we strongly encourage you create and maintain a professional LinkedIn profile. The introductory video below will help get you started, even as a college student.

Resume Help

Resumes are your first impression with future employers. The latest statistics show that employers look at resumes for about 10 seconds, so it’s important to make certain they’re flawless. To get you the basics, check out the handout or the videos below. They include general tips and some sample resumes. You can also view tips, a rubric and examples in the Career Document Library and the Job Search Kit sections on CCN, as well as use the Resume Builder tool to create and save resumes.

We have sample resumes for you as well!
Underclassmen Student Resume Example
Upperclassmen Student Resume Example

Once you have a basic resume, feel free to call and schedule an appointment with a career coach today! We’re happy to help you make your resume as unique as you are.

Resume Basics

Anatomy of a Resume

Polish Your Resume

Top 10 Job Search Tips

The job search itself can be pretty overwhelming; we want to help you feel in control. Check out our Top 10 Job Search Tips handout, or just watch the video below, to get an idea of the best ways to help your search.

Here’s a list of websites to get you started:

If you’re looking for more, call and schedule a guidance appointment today.