Working Abroad

There are many types of work abroad opportunities – paid work, internships, volunteer service, teaching English, etc. We hope to provide you with some basic information to help you get started on your search.


BRITISH UNIVERSITIES NORTH AMERICA CLUB (BUNAC) - currently offers US students and young people work/travel programs to Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Each program offers a unique insight into life in a completely new culture and a chance to spend extended time working and traveling overseas.

COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE (CIEE) - Study abroad and work abroad with Council on International Educational Exchange. CIEE offers international work programs, study abroad and volunteer projects for students, faculty, graduates and professionals. Let CIEE help you choose your international experience. Go to the website  CIEE

The Career Services Office at Southwestern has a number of books on International Job Holdings. See their website for more details.

Also check out these websites:


Another way to spend time abroad is in a volunteer capacity. The commitment for a volunteer program ranges from a few weeks to 2 years or more. You may want to check the following websites:


  • GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE (DAAD) - Research experiences abroad for undergraduates in engineering and the sciences. RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) pairs advanced doctoral students in Germany with undergraduate students in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering for up to three months in the summer. Students gain practical experience in their field and are integrated immediately into the ongoing research project. There is no language requirement and participants receive housing assistance from the university or research institution as well as a stipend from DAAD. Interested students should contact Gabi Knieps at These students will be informed by mid-April about the available internships and interested applicants will be asked to submit a short application form. Host institutions then select successful candidates from the applications.
  • THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EXCHANGE OF STUDENTS FOR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE (IAESTE) is accepting student applications for technical internships in over 80 countries. All sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in a technical course of study (engineering, science, architecture, computer science) at a four-year university in the United States are eligible.
  • THE ALLIANCE ABROAD GROUPis a progressive international educational travel company headquartered in Austin, Texas. The Travel Connect WorkLearn Division offers the opportunity to work, teach or volunteer in countries all over the world. These are great opportunities for currently enrolled students as well as recent graduates. Participants gain valuable real-life experience they can add to their resume by living and working abroad. Students can participate in the programs at any time of the year, including their summer holiday! We have helped thousands of people travel abroad for the experience of a lifetime - we help people see the world as no tourist can!
  • FOUNDATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - FSD’s international internship programs are located in Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Tanzania, and Uganda. Undergraduate, graduate and international students are welcome to participate in any of our programs. Individual internships are available during any time of the year other than during the summer programs and can be for eight weeks and longer (most internships have been between 8 and 16 weeks in length). Our individual internship programs include individual family homestay, individual orientation and debriefing, and an individual internship with a community development organization.
  • SWAP CANADA - Authorized by the Canadian Government, SWAP CANADA is a program that allows American College and University students (18-30 years of age) to travel and work in Canada for up to 6 months.
  • DIRECTORY OF INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS is a reference guide.  Internship sponsors include two and four year college/universities, government agencies, non-profit groups, private organizations, and corporations.  Each entry contains a brief description of the internship, including cost and eligibility information as available, and the internship provider’s contact information, including their website.


Although the Internet offers enormous amounts of information for finding jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships, it should be only part of your search. It’s important to remember that the goal is to find background and contact information for organizations with whom you would like to work. In other words, use the online information as a starting place and continue to find out more about the organization via phone calls, emails, letters, and face-to-face meetings. Also, it is important to remember that many parts of the world are still not online, so you should supplement your search by consulting books and newspapers targeted to international opportunity seekers.

As a university student, you can find these resources through area studies departments, professorial contacts, and study/work abroad offices.

Your search will probably proceed in two overlapping stages:

  • Information search and compilation: During this stage, you will pull together as much information as you can on potential opportunities that interest you. This stage should involve online resources (Web search engines, other directories, online databases, discussion lists, etc.) as well as international opportunity books and newspapers.
  • Narrowing down and Networking: Here, you are learning more specific details about a small list of organizations that interest you. This stage should involve email and discussion lists, as well as phone calls, letters, and face-to-face meetings.