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Intern, Work, Volunteer Abroad

International Internships, Work, and Volunteering Abroad

International Internships

An international internship is a great opportunity to specific career-related international experience. This type of internship can also lead to improved understanding of global issues and international competence. In order for your international internship to count towards a Westminster degree, you must earn academic credit for the internship and this must be arranged in advance with the Director of Student International Services and the Career Resource Center at Westminster.

CDS International  The Internship Program in Germany provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain international work experience in Germany, improve their German language skills and experience German culture firsthand.  Most internships are paid and scholarships are available to qualified participants that receive unpaid internships.

Department of State  The U.S. Department of State offers undergraduate student internships in Washington D.C. and abroad.

Intern Abroad  A search engine with information on a variety of international internships.

Rotary   The Ambassadorial Scholarships program promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world.  The scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture.

globalEDGE  Search for internsthips by type of organization, location, and area of interest.

Work and Teach Abroad

If you are looking solely to have the experience of living and working or teaching abroad and you don’t need academic credit, there are some options that might be less expensive or appropriate for recent graduates..

BUNAC  BUNAC is the best way to get work permission without a job offer.  Work and volunteer abroad placements are available in Britain, Ireland, France, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

CIEE Teach Abroad Work overseas and teach English abroad in Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, or Vietnam with CIEE.

TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) & EPIK (English Teaching Program in Korea)  English teaching opportunities in South Korea (elementary and secondary levels).  Provides in-country orientation, monthly stipend, round-trip flight, health insurance, and acommodations.  6 month or 12 month contract periods beginning in August or February.

HELP! Heslington Language Programs Teach English and earn TESOL certification in Mexico. Experience Mexican culture and language in year-round programs (summer, fall, and winter semesters) with housing, meals, and airfare provided.

JET Programme  The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme aims to promote grass roots internationalization at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in Japan.

French Culture  Teach English in France! Are you ready to expand your cultural horizons and share your language and culture with French students? The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, nearly 1,500 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

United States & International Teaching Fellowships and Post-Graduate Internships  A list of U.S. and international teaching fellowships and internships in a variety of cities and locations in different schools and learning environments. These programs are popular with students upon graduation, since they can provide a great entry-level experience in a variety of fields, or provide a transitional year before continuing further studies. From battling HIV in Africa to saving endangered species in Alaska, there are literally thousands of interesting ways to spend a year serving, while gaining experience and learning more about yourself and your world.

Glimpse Correspondance Program Stipend and publication opportunities for writers, photographers, and filmmakers.  Available to anyone living abroad for at least ten weeks.

WorldTeach Summer, semester, and full-year opportunities to teach abroad in a variety of subjects.  Strong need to volunteers qualified to teach math, science, and IT.

Volunteer Abroad

United Planet  An international non-profit organization that strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.The underlying principle of the programs are the concepts of Relational Diplomacy -- recognizing that the relationship between people of diverse backgrounds is the basic building block for uniting the world. United Planet’s innovative programs are designed to expose our common human bonds, generate respect and appreciation for our cultural, racial, and religious diversity, and enrich lives of our neighbors worldwide.

Go Abroad.com  An organization committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases. GoAbroad.com utilizes data driven programming to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information. In addition to some of the largest directories of their kind on the internet, GoAbroad.com provides extensive additional information within its dynamically constructed travel guides, currency converter, and embassy directories.

Work Away  A database of families, individuals and organizations in an extensive range of different countries who have registered with the website and are looking for light work in exchange for room and board.  This is a good way to tour many countries while interacting with locals and saving money.

WWOF  Volunteer on organic farms around the world (work in exchange for food and accommodations).

VSO (Volunteers Overcoming Poverty)  Volunteer work abroad, comparable to a British "Peace Corps".

GOA  (The Global Outreach Alliance) The mission of GOA is to empower communities by promoting self-reliance through education, mentoring and sustainable development solutions.  Contact Westminster student Erin Grieve (ekg0320 at westminstercollege.edu) for more information.

After Graduation 

Rhodes Scholar  This scholarship is for two years of study at Oxford University, and is highly competitive. Applications are available online in July.

Gates Cambridge   Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from outside the UK to pursue a full-time graduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Fulbright Scholarship   Fulbright related grants provide for the international exchange of scholars in order to foster research and advanced study, or undertake teaching assistantships, for one year in a foreign country. Several kinds of grants are available.

Peace Corps  Two-year volunteer committment in a developing country.