Tips from the Career Lab: Locating opportunities abroad

A student talks to an employer during the Career Fair

This career tip is by Liz Hanna ’20, career peer. Meet with Liz and other career peers during drop-in hours for the Career Lab

Internships Abroad

Completing an internship abroad can improve your skills, increase your awareness of intercultural communication and can make you a more competitive candidate for future positions. However, internships abroad may be difficult to find and even more difficult to fund. These tips will help you through the process if you’d like to pursue opportunities abroad.

  • Start your search by narrowing down what type of work you are interested in, and if applicable, in which region of the world you would like to be located. Start by looking for organizations with international locations or large international firms that have a strong global presence.
  • If you are not looking for an internship with a large firm, start looking for opportunities with local organizations in the area that you’d like to work. Search online or on any of Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education’s resources such as Handshake, Career Shift and GoinGlobal. 
  • Use the Alumni Career Network or LinkedIn to identify CWRU alumni that match industries, positions and locations that interest you. Reach out and inquire about an informational interview!
  • There are many grants and funding opportunities available at CWRUthat will provide monetary assistance to students for unpaid opportunities. Start by looking within your academic department, college and SOURCE

These resources will help you start your search:

Full-Time Positions Abroad

Obtaining a full-time position abroad may be difficult, but it can be very helpful in providing you with valuable skills and exposing you to a unique culture. See the above section “Internships Abroad” for information about how to start looking for opportunities abroad and some resources from Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education

Teaching English Abroad is a great opportunity for native and fluent English speakers to work abroad, either in a classroom setting or virtually:

Au Pairing is another great opportunity to live and work abroad. Au pairs will usually perform household work or childcare in a family’s home in exchange for room and board.

Stop in at Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education for drop-in hours or make an appointment to continue your internship or job search!