Choosing to spend time abroad is 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 so you can determine if this is the right path for you.
- Costs: with very few exceptions (i.e., government-sponsored positions that can last a year or two), there will be expenses for working or doing research abroad. Even paid positions will typically have program fees or start-up expenses.
- Visa Requirements: A visa is an official stamp in your passport allowing you to travel, work or study in your country of choice for a specific period of time. All countries require one for foreign workers (including the U.S.) and employers will not hire you without one.
Working Or Interning Abroad
The resources below will help you organize your search
- GoinGlobal: provides country specific employment and career information that is updated daily, including internship and job listings
- Cultural Vistas: The Cultural Vistas Internship Program offers paid internships for undergraduates or graduates and is 3 or 6 months in duration; offered in Germany, Argentina, Chile and Spain.
- Dickey Center for Dartmouth
Engineering Specific Opportunities
- DAAD Rise: a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the U.S, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering.
- UROP International provides undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct research programs at RWTH Aachen University in Germany over the summer.
- ICEP offers paid summer internships in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Positions usually require some knowledge of the local language. Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and computer positions are especially abundant.
- 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 the helping professions and/or working with underserved populations, volunteering is one of the best ways to gain hands-on experience.
- Goabroad.com: comprehensive international education and alternative travel resource
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 in this category
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.
Scholarships and Fellowships
- University of Michigan Work Abroad: comprehensive site covering each of the topics listed above
- Council on International Educational Exchange - CIEE provides quality programs and services for individuals, employers, communities and educational institutions.
- International Internship Directory: search for any type of internship anywhere in the world