Please research these organizations carefully. Also note restrictions such as not being allowed to study and work simultaneously or work visa requirements for foreign nationals.
- Alliance Abroad - Alliance Abroad offers customized internship, work, teach and training programs for students and graduates outside of the United States.
- AIESEC - AIESEC provides employment opportunities abroad for students. Through their international traineeship exchanges, they offer practical learning experiences in more than 80 countries around the world. There is also an AIESEC chapter at Georgia Tech.
- BUNAC - The British Universities North American Club will grant you a work visa which will allow you to search for work in a specific country, with or without a job offer. BUNAC has programs of varying lengths in countries such as Australia, Britain, Ireland, and New Zealand.
- CIEE - The CIEE program offers opportunities to teach in locations such as Chile, China, Spain, and Thailand, and Spain, France, and Germany.
- CDS International - CDS administers programs ranging in duration from three to 18 months, that include an internship component, and some have academic or language training elements as well. The variety of program formats enables you to choose the one that best fits your skills and requirements. Primary country destinations are Germany, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland and Russia.
- Cultural Embrace - Cultural Embrace offers work, volunteer, internship, and teach abroad opportunities in several countries.
- Dickinson College’s International Career Page - this Web site is a good place to start in order to obtain general and specific information about working abroad
- EUSA - European Study Abroad - EUSA and the UT Center for Global Educational Opportunities provide summer internship possibilities in London in virtually all professional fields. Contact the UT Study Abroad Office for more information.
- InterExchange - InterExchange is a work-placement program that places you in a position and assists you with acquiring the work visa. Positions are available in a number of countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Spain and the UK.
- International Cooperative Education (ICE) - ICE places students in work/internship positions throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Positions are available in retail sales, supermarkets, hotels/restaurants, agriculture, offices, hospitals, banks, computer science, engineering, marketing, recreation, and teaching.
- International Career Employment Center - A comprehensive source of international careers for professionals, including international development jobs.
- Intrax Internships Abroad - A professional development program that provides students with summer internships in Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo, and recently added Santiago and Beijing. Past participants in our program have interned in finance, marketing, and non-profits at top companies like Microsoft, Morningstar, Deutsche Telekom, and BBDO.
- ProWorld - A mission-driven organization that offers internship programs in Belize, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Ghana, India, and Thailand. Named the “Best Adventure Travel Company” by National Geographic, ProWorld has projects including Community Development, the Environment, Education, Health, Microfinance, and NGO Management.
- The Peace Corps - If the idea of working in a typical business environment while abroad does not interest you, perhaps volunteer work or social service is an option for your time abroad. The Peace Corps sends individuals to work in emerging and essential areas such as teaching, information technology and business development in over 100 countries worldwide. To learn more, you can meet with the Peace Corps recruiter located at UT’s International Office.
- SCI-IVS - Civil Service International puts together summer Workcamps both overseas and in the U.S.
- Uniworld Database - The Uniworld Database publishes contact directories for multinational businesses, to find U.S. firms operating overseas and foreign firms operating in the U.S. The entire directory can be purchased or you can buy only the results of a specific search.
- U.S. Department of State - The U.S. Department of State has various summer internship opportunities available, for all backgrounds and majors. Overseas posting is possible! The application is on-line; U.S. citizenship is required.
Recruiting Tips for Returning Study Abroad Students
International experience can help set students apart from peers. Employers are looking for people with interpersonal communication skills and flexibility, who can quickly learn in whatever situation they are placed. These are the skills students gain while studying abroad!
Top 10 Reasons To Study Abroad and How Communicate That Experience to Recruiters
Did you know that only 4% of U.S. undergraduates ever study abroad? Yet, the world is becoming more global. The 2009 Institute of International Education reports that studying abroad is up 8.5% from 2007 to 2008. We are learning how interconnected we actually are. American companies are increasingly investing dollars abroad, and companies from countries around the world continue to invest in the international market as well. As such, it is especially important for students to explore the world around them.
- 1. It is the optimal way to learn a language (in the country where it is spoken). Being immersed in another culture that actually speaks the language you are learning is by far the most effective way to become fluent.
Communicates: The willingness to jump in and learn another language as a native speaker would; ability to translate nuances within the language that cannot be discovered in a textbook.
- It provides the opportunity to travel. Weekends and academic breaks allow you to explore your surroundings - both the immediate and the more distant locations.
Communicates: Sense of adventure, ability to explore/go out on your own (possibly risk-taker); designates you as a self-starter; willing to consider a multitude of opportunities—and to seek them out on your own.
- You get to know another culture first-hand. A person's culture reflects very deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence his or her way of life and the way that s/he views the world. Students who experience cultural differences personally understand where other cultures are coming from and learn to examine their own culture more objectively.
Communicates: Having an understanding of Intercultural communication will be vital to an organization and its members. Students who can relate to individuals who are different from themselves, increase overall communication and work better to resolve conflict or questions among differing cultures.
- It helps you develop new skills and provides experiences that a classroom setting cannot. Being immersed in an entirely new cultural setting is an opportunity to discover new strengths/abilities, conquer new challenges, and solve new problems. You will encounter situations that are wholly unfamiliar to you and will learn to adapt and respond in effective ways.
Communicates: Readily taking on new and unfamiliar challenges; working to solve problems with no direction or frame of reference (i.e., often seeking to find solutions in an environment where student cannot read signs or ask for directions—similar to undertaking a project at work with little to no instructions provided—and comfortable with that task because it has been experienced via study abroad).
- You make connections with people from around the world. While abroad, you will meet not only natives to the culture in which you are studying, but also other international students who are as far from home as yourself.
Communicates: Ability to communicate with other Americans abroad and international students alike; develop new connections and maintain relationships while simultaneously adapting to change.
- You learn about yourself. Students who study abroad often return home with new perspectives about whom they are and where they fit within their own culture. Their ideas and perspectives of self may be strengthened or they may choose to embrace new concepts and values.
Communicates: An understanding of changing perspectives and how to adapt accordingly within differing values and cultural viewpoints; signifies growth as a person, more than a student—a member of society able to contribute to more global vantage points of discussion.
- You expand your worldview. In comparison with citizens of most other countries, Americans tend to be uninformed about the world beyond the nation's boundaries.
Communicates: You’ve developed a greater awareness of the global economy and how nations are intertwined, dependent on one another in order to prosper (and by what methods)—gained a broader worldview, perhaps different from a narrower American picture of the world around us.
- You will expand your knowledge and break out of your academic routine. You may become familiar with an entirely new academic system and you will have the chance to take courses not offered on your home campus. It's also a great opportunity to break out the monotony of the routine you follow semester after semester.
Communicates: Desire to “think outside the box”; generate new ideas and implement projects different from originally designated processes.
- It enhances employment opportunities. Through an employer's eyes, a student who has studied abroad is self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Your experience living and studying in a foreign country, negotiating another culture, and acquiring another language will all set you apart from the majority of other job applicants.
Communicates: You have developed a greater appreciation of other cultures, while reflecting upon your own society's values and behaviors—ability to producing creative solutions, delivering new ways of seeing and interpreting the world—something critical for any global company.
- It adds value to your degree. Your language skills will receive such a boost that it is normally quite easy to add a minor in a language or even a second major without having to take many more additional courses after the return to your home campus.
Communicates: Willingness to acquire knowledge on a daily basis—to grow beyond what is expected of your degree plan; desire to challenge oneself to excel beyond general qualifications of an assigned duty, project, etc.
Remind future employers of what you have to offer:
- Expanded your understanding of diversity with respect to other cultures
- Can provide insight into international regions and markets
- Gained perspective on globalization and world affairs as a whole
- Ability to communicate through a cross-cultural lens of experience, as well as language
Source: McCombs School of Business, BBA Career Services
Helpful Career Resources
- PDF documents to come (How to Secure a Internship and Still Study Abroad
- Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience
- "Unpack Yourself" - Tips for Articulating Your Study Abroad Experience in an Interview
- Study Abroad Reflection Questions for Interviews