Once you have gained admission into the university of your choice the next step once you reach the campus is to try and figure out how to secure a part time job or internships to help pay for your expenses for your Masters Degree. Part-time jobs are available in plenty for international students. However, international students are not allowed to work outside the campus. Therefore, students can apply for University approved part-time Jobs inside the campus. For inside the campus part-time Jobs, the pay varies from 140$ to 300 $ per week. They are basic enough to cover your monthly expenditures, including rent, food and other necessities. However, it won’t be able to cover your educational expenses.
During summer vacations, you will have the option of working 40 hours per week. Pay rate remains the same. A lot of Indian students put in maximum efforts during Summers to gain extra money to cover their expenses. During the 1st year, the students are only allowed to work at jobs on campus, may be the library, the cafeteria or the gym. After one year, you can apply for a role as a Research Assistant, which is to look after the doubts that the students of the university come up with. A Research assistant gets accommodation for a 1 time snack along with the salary that he receives.
Apart from all this,while in the second year of your study in college, you become eligible to receive a CPT, which is Curriculum Practical Training Program that gives permission to students to work outside the campus for maximum 20 hours a week, although some colleges might be more relaxed with the allotment of their timings.
There are various paid and unpaid internships that are available for international students, who are pursuing a master’s degree abroad. Doing internships can be a great way to form some networks within the industry you wish to get into. But finding the right internship of an ideal duration can be hard for the international students who have limited ties in that country. Some make sure that you plan your internship well in advance to avoid any last minute worries.
The students may be allowed to work as freelancers in some countries where the visa or scholarship policies do not restrict them from doing so. For example, the international students availing the DAAD scholarships to study at German universities are not allowed to work as freelancers. It is always advisable to check the policies so as to ensure that things go according to your plan.
You can also volunteer for some organizations to make an impact on the lives of the people. Make sure that you work with the local community as that will help you to understand their culture and come up more effective solutions to their problems. Community work can be a great addition to your resume as it will reflect your awareness towards the societal issues and your will to eradicate them.
Therefore, there are various funding options available for you, once you have landed in the USA, and have completed a year in your grad school. Important thing to remember is that even though money is important, it should not affect your grades because your job depends on your CGPA a lot, much the same way as your admissions into the university depended on your GRE scores. Therefore, maintaining high grades in college and simultaneously working in part time jobs/internships is the ideal way to go, if you are able to manage all of it. However, if not, then make sure that you at least keep your grades up.
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