Careers information for International students

As an International student studying at Queens, the Careers Service can help you with issues related to employability and choice of career path and you are welcome to make use of all our facilities while you are here.

In this section, you’ll find information and resources on working in the UK during and after your studies, marketing yourself to employers and findin graduate work outside the UK.

What we do

We offer confidential and impartial careers and educational guidance from professionally qualified staff. 

You can access lots of careers-related information and resources on our website, and browse and book events and activities.

You can also enjoy access to MyFuture, our online careers portal where you can search for jobs, internships and placements. We’ll work with you to identify and develop employability skills and provide you with the opportunity to meet with employers through careers events and activities.

Further help

You enjoy access to Goinglobal - country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings. 

While we can’t supply a list of employers who will accept applications from International students and graduates, we do provide information on possible ways of identifying and approaching such employers.

Language and visa support

We aim to help all students with application techniques but if you need further help with spelling and grammar, you can access English language support services through the Embrace NI website.

We provide general information on visas, but we are not authorised to give advice on students’ individual circumstances. More information about visas can be found at the UKCISA website, written especially for international students. Alternatively, Queen’s has a dedicated support service for international students.

Finding work during your studies

It can be difficult to find part-time work directly related to your degree. 

Most opportunities are in hospitality or retail. These enable you to develop skills which will be useful to any career area.  Many shops, restaurants and bars put up notices in their windows. Go in and ask how to apply.

Some prefer CVs and others require you to complete an application form. NIJobs.com is a general jobs website for Northern Ireland which includes adverts for part-time jobs, you can also search casual/part-time roles on MyFuture including part-time work and placements at the University via Oncampus jobs.

Legal checks

Students working part-time are entitled to the national minimum wage.

If you want to work in the UK, you will need a National Insurance Number – this is a unique number assigned by the government to everyone eligible to work.

You can begin work without having it, but it is a good idea to apply for the NI number before applying for work.

You can find more information on tax and your right to work via the the UKCISA website.

Internships

The word “internship” is typically used to describe a short period of work experience (e.g. over the summer) which doesn’t have to relate to your degree. 

Most summer internship opportunities are aimed at undergraduate students in their middle year. Many are advertised in September/October and many have deadlines before December.