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Go Abroad Again

Interested in work and volunteer opportunities abroad? Many options exist for students to find a way to gain new skills and strengthen their cross-cultural understanding outside of the classroom.

Work Abroad

You may wish to do only a short-term job such as teach English for a year or acquire a more long-term job, but whatever you choose, working abroad can be a very rewarding and enriching experience. Being immersed in a new culture brings a great deal of self-discovery and professional development not easily acquired at home.

Please note: Most countries require work visas, so be sure to do your research on what exactly you may need in order to work abroad.


Smith Fellowships Office

BUNAC: Working Adventures Worldwide

University of Michigan: International Center

JET: teach English in Japan

Peace Corps

Transitions Abroad: information on international internships

GoAbroad.com: intern, volunteer, teach or work abroad

Embassy.org: foreign embassies of Washington, D.C.

CIEE Work Abroad

Work Abroad: The Complete Guide to Finding a Job Overseas, by Clayton A. Hubbs

International Jobs: Where They Are and How to Get Them, by Nina Segal, Eric Kocher

Work Worldwide: International Career Strategies for the Adventurous Job Seeker, by Nancy Mueller

Directory of Jobs & Careers Abroad (10th Ed), by Elisabeth Roberts

Best Resumes and CVs for International Jobs: Your Passport to the Global Job Market, by Ronald L. Krannich and Wendy S. Enelow

The Global Citizen: A Guide to Creating an International Life and Career, by Elizabeth Kruempelmann

Teach Abroad

CIEE Teach Abroad

GoAbroad.com: Teach abroad

TransitionsAbroad.com: Teaching K-12 and English abroad

Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer programs are rarely paid opportunities and may or may not be related to your field of study or academic focus. These positions do not generally require specific skill or previous experience, just a willingness to engage and give back. Academic credit is extremely rare for volunteer positions and may or may not be eligible for financial aid.

International Volunteer Programs Association

Volunteers for Peace (VFP)



Cross-Cultural Solutions

Additional Resources

Institute of International Education Passport (IIE): The IIE publishes some of the most comprehensive information on study and work abroad programs available anywhere and their site is one of the best places to start.

Transitions Abroad: Transitions Abroad magazine covers all education abroad options from work and study abroad to educational travel. The online version includes a comprehensive collection of in-depth information, including first-hand reports, annotated guides to resources and listings of programs, with excellent search capabilities.

U.S. Department of State: While not a directory of programs, this site provides essential information from the diplomatic branch of the U.S. government. The Department of State offers 1,000 internships annually as well as career positions.