Working Abroad After MU

Questions to Consider

  • When do you want to go overseas: Now or a year from now? What is a realistic timetable?
  • What’s more important: a prestigious career-oriented job or actually being overseas? In other words, are you willing to be a nanny or a hotel clerk as along as it is overseas?
  • Do you want or need more education before you go? Do the jobs you’re interested in require a master’s degree or teacher certification?
  • Do you need to get more experience in your career field before you try to find a job overseas?
  • Are you willing to volunteer or do you only want a paid job?
  • Are you considering going to just one country, one of several countries, or anywhere so long as it’s overseas?
  • Have you been overseas before? If not, are you ready and willing to handle the cultural differences?

Remember, the more flexible you are, the more likely you are to find a short-term or long-term job overseas!

Websites, Programs, & Resources for Working Abroad After Marymount

  • AIESEC International: (pronounced EYE-sek) is a student-managed, not-for-profit educational organization which sends students on paid internships overseas in almost 100 countries.
  • Bridge: For over two decades, Bridge-Linguatec has been sending language students, international volunteers, and English teachers to every corner of the globe. Whether you want to learn a foreign language, teach English abroad, or volunteer overseas, Bridge-Linguatec has a way for you to get out and see the world. BridgeTEFL offers certification courses in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in over 10 countries worldwide and online.
  • BUNAC (British Universities North America Club): Offers work abroad programs in Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and provides short-term work visas.
  • Teach for China: Teach for China is a non-profit organization striving to eliminate educational inequity in China that seeks talented American graduates to serve for two years as Teaching Fellows in China. Positions as campus ambassadors in the U.S. and internship positions in Beijing are also available.
  • CIEE: Developed from a mission born over 60 years ago and with an understanding that travel should be meaningful, CIEE Teach Abroad programs have prepared and sent individuals overseas to teach, live, learn, and grow for the last ten years. Teaching abroad is a life-changing experience that bears no resemblance to moving across town. CIEE handles contract negotiation, insurance from accident to illness, and sometimes visa procurement. They also conduct week-long orientations to acquaint you with the local language, culture, and teaching techniques. Most importantly, they have staff on the ground to assist and advise you while you’re there.
  • Concordia Language Villages: A summer language and cultural immersion program that is always looking for counselors and other staff positions with language skills in one of the fourteen languages their camps feature.
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX): The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study scholarship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in a participant’s career field.
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe: Provides a comprehensive listing of job opportunities around the world as well as offering job seekers a medium to post their resumes. Be sure to read the discussion forums, which are full of advice and pointers from experienced teachers.
  • Department of Defense Schools: Provides teaching positions around the world.
  • France Teaching Assistantship Program: Allows you to work for an academic year in a French high school or elementary school. The program is sponsored by the French government and you get paid to teach English.
  • Internships: A comprehensive on-line source for internships, international volunteer positions, teach abroad, jobs abroad, and more.
  • IASTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience): Provides internships for juniors, seniors, or graduate students in the physical sciences, engineering, architecture, math, computer sciences, and natural sciences. Their mission is to operate a high quality practical training exchange program between members in order to enhance technical and professional development and to promote international understanding and goodwill amongst students, academic institutions, employers and the wider community .
  • A great search engine for non-profit careers both in the US and abroad.
  • InterExchange: Offers positions in Europe, including skilled and unskilled summer jobs, internships, au pair positions, and teaching English.
  • International Cooperative Education: Join the hundreds of American college and university students who travel to Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America each summer to live and work in paid positions. As an ICE Program Participant, you’ll gain invaluable international work, culture, and language experience which you’ll carry with you the rest of your life. Since 1971, ICE has placed more than 15,000 students in work/internship positions throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. ICE students have worked at automotive plants in Germany, schools in China, supermarkets in Japan, and in Aboriginal Communities in Australia.
  • Language Corps: A year-long, tuition-based program providing talented college graduates with a unique opportunity to learn and apply new skills and develop a first-person perspective of the diversity of cultures and populations around the world – all within the security of a salaried job and a highly organized and supportive community.
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program: is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants.
  • MASA Post-College Training Programs: Masa Israel offers university graduates and young professionals a range of transformative career development, internship, community service and graduate academic experiences in Israel.
  • NAFSA Job Registry: The premier electronic recruitment resource for the international education industry. Whether you’re looking for a new job, or ready to take the next step in your career, they can help you find the opportunity that’s right for you.
  • Features overseas jobs and international employment opportunities for professionals, expatriates and adventure seekers. Search for international and overseas jobs and land your next great job today!
  • Search Associates: A great search engine for teaching jobs abroad.
  • Offers a handy search tool to access jobs and employers around the world who are looking for English teachers.
  • A comprehensive search for internships and work abroad. Information about traveling, working, teaching, and volunteering abroad. They also print a magazine in which you have an opportunity to publish your work!
  • The University of Michigan International Center: Provides links to websites with information on volunteering, working, and teaching abroad. In addition, there is information about internships and how to go about finding and procuring a job in the foreign country of your choice.
  • The University of Northern Iowa’s Overseas Recruitment Fair: Information on jobs abroad.
  • U.S. Department of State’s Student Programs: Offers a variety of programs for students, from summer clerical positions to internships to management fellowships, overseas or in Washington D.C.
  • “U.S. Department of State Career Site:”: Helps you to locate a job with this organization.
  • Washington and Lee University Work Abroad Site: This site gives tips on how to go about finding an overseas job and includes great personal statements from work-abroad and Peace Corps Alumni.
  • Work and Travel Ireland: USIT’s Work and Travel Ireland Program offers university students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to work for up to four months in the Republic of Ireland. Participants can take up any job anywhere within the country any time of the year. While visiting as a tourist is one way to see a country, this program allows you to participate in another culture as an insider and is a rare opportunity that is not to be missed. Whether you’re looking for a unique and exciting place to work for the summer, are looking to take a semester off, or are due to graduate soon and have not yet decided on the right career path for you or are looking for one last adventure before settling down, USIT’s Work and Travel Ireland Program offers you an exciting option for your future.

**Above list adapted from the University of Colorado at Boulder Office of International Education website