Working or interning abroad is a great way to:
- Increase marketability to employers in a growing global economy
- Gain real-world understanding of diversity and cultural competency
- Prove flexibility and initiative
- Improve your language skills or learn a new language
- Develop a global perspective to benefit a future career
Where to Start
- Complete this worksheet to help identify your goals and prioritize what you would like to gain from your overseas experience.
- Meet with an ICC advisor for help with the planning process.
- The most effective international internship or job search uses a variety of different search strategies. Many of these strategies are the same as in any domestic job search. Be comprehensive in your research, persistent in your search, and start your process early.
- Join the International ICC email subscription.
Things to Consider When Interning Abroad
- Your destination
- Work authorization
- Health advisories
- Cost and Funding Sources
Due to some of the challenges of coordinating an international opportunity, it is common to work with a third party provider or program to assist with your placement. These programs may require a deposit, a placement fee or tuition to participate. Be sure that you understand the policy on refunds and how the deposit will be applied to overall program fees. Confirm what the costs cover.
- Programs deadlines and requirements
Some programs require specific coursework, skills or experience to be eligible. To make yourself competitive for an international internship, build your resume by participating in student organizations, community service and leadership activities.
- Explore State Dept. travel tips and resources
- Read ICC Pre-Departure handbook
- Review safe travel abroad video
- Get UC travel insurance
- Register your trip
Before You Go
Relevant information and practical advice on health and safety at every stage of an overseas experience that can easily be put to use!