Resources for International Postdocs

Our international postdocs an invaluable resource to our university, and we understand that these scholars face additional hurdles as they settle into their careers at NC State. We have compiled university and local resources to make their transition more manageable.

On-Campus Resources

Office of International Services

The NC State Office of International Services (OIS) provides administrative, advising, and programming needs for the international students, staff and faculty at North Carolina State University. The OIS website offers a wealth of information for international postdocs, such as guidance on what to do when you first arrive in the United States, housing and utilities, and how to obtain a driver’s license and a Social Security number.

International Employment

International Employment (IE) assists campus to successfully employ and retain foreign national employees needing employment sponsorship on a temporary or permanent basis. IE stays current with relevant U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, and Department of State regulations and policies, and provides education to the university community to facilitate understanding and compliance. IE is also responsible for monitoring and auditing the I-9 and E-Verify processes and ensuring compliance with federal employment eligibility regulations.

Public and/or English Speaking Practice and Skills

Are you a postdoctoral scholar who is interested in learning how to improve your public speaking skills? Or maybe you are an international postdoc who wants practice improving your English? NC State University has an opportunity for you – the Campus Toastmasters Club. The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. The Campus Toastmasters Club meets at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 103 of Kilgore Hall. Please see the Campus Toastmasters Club website for more information about the club, the club officers and how to contact them.

OIS has additional information regarding resources to help international postdocs develop their English speaking skills.

In addition, NC State University’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is a full-time, non-credit academic program offered Fall and Spring semesters for international students. Students who attend this program can take classes to acquire English proficiency in all key language skills. There is a cost associated with this program.

Off-Campus Resources

Translation Services

Postdocs may, from time to time, need services that translate their foreign employment information (such as diplomas) to English. Following is a list of places that provide these types of translation services:

Josef Silny, Inc.
Telephone: 305.273.1616

Education Evaluators International, Inc.
Telephone: (401) 521-5340

World Education Services
Telephone: 800.937.3895


The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) provides guidelines on how non-residents file their taxes while working within the United States.

The IRS also has an online publication, Publication 519, which is the U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.

The Payroll Department at North Carolina State University has a process that foreign nationals need to follow to receive correct taxation of payment from the university.

North Carolina State University has a contact that may be able to help with tax questions:

Michelle Anderson
University Payroll
Foreign National Tax Specialist
Telephone: 919.515.4370

Driver’s License

Information on how to acquire a North Carolina driver’s license is available at