Employment for Spouses and Partners

Career Services

The Virginia Tech Career Services resource center, which includes job-searching tools, is available to spouses and partners of students. Spouses and partners may also use the center's computer lab to work on their resumes and process online employment applications.

Virginia Tech Human Resources

Jobs at Virginia Tech are listed here.

Roanoke Times

Employment opportunities in the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, and surrounding areas are advertised through this newspaper.

International Dependents

Bringing a Spouse or Children to the U.S.

International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status may request an I-20 or DS-2019 form for a dependent (spouse or child). Students must be able to provide current funding documentation for their own educational and living expenses, plus additional funds to support a spouse ($5,500) or child ($2,500 per child). Health insurance coverage is required for all dependents for the period of time that the student is enrolled at Virginia Tech. Dependents in F-2 status may not enroll in a degree program, but may take courses part-time in a non-degree status. If dependents wish to pursue this option, they must apply and be accepted first. Consult with one of our immigration advisors before inviting dependents to join you.

Employment Eligibility

Spouses of international students in F-2 status cannot work under any circumstances. Spouses in J-2 status may apply for USCIS permission to work.

Health Insurance for International Dependents

Health insurance is required for all dependents as soon as they arrive in the U.S.

Childcare

Little Hokie™ Hangout is a part-time parent-cooperative program offered by the Graduate School.

Virginia Tech’s Hokie Wellness office provides lists of family day care providers, child care centers, and babysitters, as well as tools to help you make the best child care decisions for your family’s needs.

During fall and spring semesters while classes are in session, the Virginia Tech Women’s Center sponsors Kids' Night Out, a free weekly drop-in child care program, on Thursdays between 6-8:30 p.m. The center, at 206 Washington Street provides care for children ages 2-12 (must be toilet trained). There is no need to pre-register.

The program provides children with games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of fun. Child care is provided by volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority.

For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu  or 231-7806.

Montgomery County Schools

Check out public schools in Blacksburg and the surrounding area.

Pet care

The Hokie Wellness website offers a list of vets, pet health services, pet day care, boarding, and training services in the New River Valley area.

Looking for Friends or Support?

Graduate student spouses and partners face unique challenges – isolation, financial stresses, difficulty finding work and/or childcare, and adjusting to life in Blacksburg.  A social group can give spouses and partners a chance to come together for camaraderie and support. If you are interested in establishing a program for spouses and partners, contact grads@vt.edu for information.