Many students dream of working abroad. It’s new and exciting. It’s a great way to acquire language skills and to prepare for work in globalizing world. Thayer Career Services will help you evaluate your goals, and will connect you to the best resources to determine if working abroad is right for you.
Most internships are unpaid and last a summer or a semester, with the main perk being personal and career development.
- Goabroad.com: comprehensive international education and alternative travel resource
- IAESTE: The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences is a global organization promoting intercultural exchange between students in STEM fields across the globe.
The majority of service opportunities are unpaid, although room and board is sometimes provided. Duration can be anywhere from two weeks to two years (e.g. Peace Corps). For those who are interested in helping professions and/or working with underserved populations, volunteering is one of the best ways to gain hands-on experience.
Paid Short-Term Work
To off-set the cost of living, short term positions—working at a restaurant or vineyard, farm or ranch work, or being an au pair—is one of the best ways to experience a full immersion.
- BUNAC: The British Universities North America Club is the leading resource for students and recent graduates
Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language (TEFL or TESL) is a great opportunity to spend more time abroad (anywhere from a few months to more than two years). Programs are available at different academic levels, and for certified or non-certified teachers, though a college degree is typically required as well as some teaching/tutoring experience.
- GoinGlobal: provides country specific employment and career information that is updated daily
- University of Michigan Work Abroad: comprehensive site covering topics listed above
- Council on International Educational Exchange - CIEE provides quality programs and services for individuals, employers, communities and educational institutions.