Work, Teach or Volunteer Abroad
There are a variety of opportunities you can explore for working, teaching, or volunteering abroad based upon your interests.
An international internship is a great opportunity to gain specific career-related, international experience. In order for your international internship to count towards graduation requirements, you must earn academic credit for the internship which needs to be arranged through the Office for Global Engagement.
U.S. Department of State Internship Program
The U.S. Department of State offers undergraduate student internships in Washington D.C. and at embassies abroad.
U.S. Government Pathways
The U.S. government offers internship opportunities for current and recent undergraduate students to work with federal agencies domestically and abroad.
Cultural Vistas offers various internship programs in a variety of locations including but not limited to Germany, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and India.
The German Academic Exchange Service offers paid internship opportunities for students in the sciences and engineering along with an internship with the German Parliament.
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.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright Program grants provide for the international exchange of scholars in order to foster research and advanced study, or undertake teaching assistantships, for 1 year in a foreign country. Several kinds of grants available include the Teaching Assistantship Program, mtvU Award, and the National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.
As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service--at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Teach Abroad
Students can work overseas and teach English abroad in Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, or Vietnam with CIEE.
Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)& English Teaching Program in Korea ( EPIK)
TaLK and EPIK provide English teaching opportunities in South Korea at both elementary and secondary levels. The program provides in-country orientation, a monthly stipend, round-trip flight, health insurance, and accommodations for a 6 month or 12-month contract.
HELP! Heslington Language Programs
Students can teach English and earn TESOL certification in Mexico while experiencing Mexican culture and language in year-round programs (summer, fall, and winter semesters) with housing, meals, and airfare provided.
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
The JET Programme aims to promote grassroots internationalization at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in Japan.
Teaching Assistant Program in France
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.
North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain
The North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain program, managed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport, offers recent graduates the opportunity to teach English in a K-12 classroom in Spain.
Teach for China
Teach for China is a 2-year fellowship program providing the opportunity to teach in high-need schools in China but to also gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
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.
United Planet is 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.
GoAbroad is an organization committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases. GoAbroad 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 provides extensive additional information within its dynamically constructed travel guides, currency converter, and embassy directories.
Work Away is 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.
WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
WWOOF allows you to volunteer on organic farms around the world (working in exchange for food and accommodations).
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
VSO allows you to do volunteer work abroad, and is comparable to a British Peace Corps.
The Global Outreach Alliance (GOA)
The mission of GOA is to empower communities by promoting self-reliance through education, mentoring and sustainable development solutions.