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USA campus: optional practical training (OPT)

Published on 27 November 2019

SKEMA Raleigh welcomed graduate Leo Pinon (MSc International Business 2018 - 2019), November 18, to share about his OPT experience with current MSc IB and MSc Financial Markets and Investments students.

Leo is currently working at Go Fish Digital in Raleigh as a paid media associate. He explained that he took advantage of SKEMA’s partnership with NCSU to make both professional and personal connections. He encouraged students to narrow down their ideal job, so that they could focus their time on applying to very targeted positions. He also recommends starting the job search early, using  LinkedIn wisely, and being persistent. 

Leo's working experience started by taking advantage of OPT, optional practical training, which is a temporary work permit for non-American students in their final year of study who wish to get work experience in their chosen field in the USA. This also gives them real opportunities for employment after the permit expires. 

To be eligible, students have to complete their final year in Raleigh. Once they are approved, they can work or undertake internships in the US for as long as 12 months. This possibility is linked to their visa status (F-1). 

For more information, contact Mariora Texier who is based on the Raleigh campus.

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