As you begin your international job search it is important to clarify what type of experience you are seeking. International opportunities are typically broken down into two categories, short-term or long-term.
Short-term opportunities, usually one to three years, are plentiful. With the exception of internships, most short-term opportunities are found in the areas of teaching English as a second language (ESL), volunteer organizations, and hospitality or recreation jobs.
Long-term positions can be found in government, business and not-for-profit sectors. While long-term job searches have some unique challenges, with patience, vision and hard work, you can attain your goal of a career abroad.
Listed below are a variety of resources to assist you with your international search.
Internships and short-term work experiences are relatively easy to find. Most opportunities require an application process, and, once you are accepted, provide the necessary working papers needed for each country.
Going Global* includes international career information along with a database of internships available worldwide.
InternshipLink* is CES’s searchable database of local, national, and international internships.
AIESEC is an international student organization that places students and recent graduates in internships around the world.
BUNAC offers overseas work/travel programs.
CDS International provides international career training opportunities customized to offer in-depth practical knowledge of other nations' business practices, cultures, and political traditions.
InterExchange promotes cross-cultural awareness through international work and volunteer exchange programs.
Work Away is a work exchange program for budget travelers.
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a work exchange program for organic farming.
*These resources are available though the CES menu item in Cascade.
CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) offers paid teaching positions in Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam.
EPIK (English Programs in Korea) is a cultural exchange and English teaching program coordinated through the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology.
Footprints Recruiting recruits and hires for teaching positions in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme) is a cultural exchange program through the Japanese government.
Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain receive a grant from the Spanish government to provide teaching assistance in elementary and secondary schools.
Teaching Assistant Program in France: Teach in public schools across metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion.
Cabrini Mission Corps' mission is to be "bearers of the love of Christ in the world," particularly addressing the needs and realities of women, children, immigrants and the elderly.
Catholic Volunteer Network is a searchable database of volunteer opportunities across the country and around the world. Many programs are funded through AmeriCorps and earn an education award at the end of service
Idealist: Run by Actions Without Borders, Idealist is a resource for finding non-profit opportunities nationally and internationally.
Peace Corps "volunteers" live and work in developing countries with the goal of helping those countries while promoting cross-cultural understanding. (Read about Mika Yasuo's Peace Corps experience and check the ASK Network for other alumni who have served in the Peace Corps.)
United Nations Volunteers: This volunteer arm of the United Nations serves as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN member states.
A number of scholarships and fellowships are available for educational programs and cultural study, and many involve language/culture study in developing countries. They are intended for use in the year just after you have completed your undergraduate degree, as such they can be an excellent resource for short-term international opportunities. The application process is competitive, so it is best to get an early start.
For more information, contact the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships.
Some examples include:
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (Worldwide)
Rhodes Scholarship (England)
Marshall Scholarship (England)
George J. Mitchell Scholarship (Ireland)
Gates Cambridge Scholarships (England) Fulbright Scholarship (Worldwide)
Davies-Jackson Scholarship (England)
National Security Education Program (Worldwide)
Rotary Scholarship (Worldwide)
Long-term opportunities usually fall into three categories: government, not-for-profit, and business. For business and not-for-profit organizations, entry-level opportunities will be hard to come by and it is best to target U.S. companies with international ties. You may first want to seek a U.S. based position. Once you have gained the necessary skills and experience, you will be more competitive for international opportunities that arise.
Going Global—located in the CES menu on Cascade—is one of the best resources for an international job search. Beyond the 32 country guides written by local experts, the Going Global job search database pulls in postings from all over the world on a daily basis. Whether you’re looking for a U.S. based organization or headed overseas, start your search with Going Global.
The Global Washington Careers In Global Development Center offers students access to available positions at more than 130 organizations dedicated to global development. Additional resources include:
• Research on salary ranges for specific job types
• Articles about working in global development and related literature
• Information on graduate programs related to global development
• Interviews with professionals employed in the sector, including career profiles of professionals in the fields of: Global Health, Global Education, Poverty Alleviation, and Environmental Sustainability
Government opportunities, such as those with the U.S. Department of State, have a formal application process for you to follow. There are several departments of the federal government that send civilian employees overseas:
For more information, visit Career and Employment Services to speak with a career advisor or browse the numerous international opportunity resources available in the CES Career Resource Library.