Work and Study Abroad Resources for College Students and Recent Grads

Where college students and recent grads can find the very best resources for assistance in finding international experiences and studying abroad programs.

A great way to enrich your college experience is to have an international experience by studying abroad or interning (or some other short-term work experience) in a foreign country. And if you are considering an international or global careers, then taking at least one study abroad experience is essential. Here are the best study abroad resources. And to get a jump on those of you thinking of an international career, check out these Job and Career Resources for Global Job-Seekers, including our International Job-Seeker Quiz.

Quintessential Careers International Work Resources:

Working Abroad Tutorial: How to Find an International Job or Internship — a free tutorial designed to help students and recent grads finding employment — internships or jobs — overseas.

10 Essential Tips for Landing a Job Overseas — for those who want to work internationally in a foreign country. Get expert advice and resources about the 10 essential steps for finding a job abroad.

Other Work and Study Abroad Resources for College Students:

AIESEC — the world’s largest student organization, and the international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential so as to have a positive impact on society. In addition to providing more than 5,000 leadership positions and delivering more than 350 conferences to a membership of 22,000 students, AIESEC also runs a work exchange program that enables some 4,000 students and recent graduates the opportunity to live and work in another country.

Alliances Abroad — offers customized internship, work, teach, and volunteer programs for students and graduates in and outside of the U.S. Also a leader in international recruitment and a major �staffing� resource for companies — with more than 10,000 participants annually working with than more than 800 employers around the world. Fee-based.

BUNAC — a non-profit, non-political national student club that offers a range of international experiences, including a summer camp counselling program in the U.S. and Canada, flexible work and travel programmes to Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and South Africa, and volunteering/teaching placements. Programs are open to 18 year olds and over in the UK, the U.S. and Ireland, and last from five weeks to two years. Fee-based.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) — creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad — including approximately 95 study abroad programs in more than 33 host countries and teaching programs in Chile, China, Spain, and Thailand. Educators can participate in 26 summer seminars in 29 countries.

Cutural Vistas — a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of international practical training opportunities for young professionals, students, educators, as well as labor, business and government representatives, serving more than 2,700 individuals annually from more than 80 countries worldwide in a variety of work/study, internship, fellowship, and study tour programs. — a study abroad directory, where students can search for the best study abroad opportunities. Includes a variety of helpful articles, study abroad student guide, and many other resources that can help you decide what country might be right for you.

Intern Abroad — a great source for international internships. Students can search for paid and volunteer, academic and non-academic internships, as well as college credit practical training programs around the world. From Free.

International Cooperative Education (ICE) — provides U.S. college and university students with the unique opportunity to gain practical work experience abroad, arranging for students to travel to Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America to work as paid interns in an array of employment fields including retail sales, hospitals, banking, education and engineering. Fee-based.

International Internships — provides overseas internship placements providing hands-on experience in ten countries around the globe for American and international students. You can choose your destination and receive customize placement that is tailored to your skills, interests, and education. Or, you can choose a specialty internship within your field in a prearranged placement. roviding hands on experience in the field. Fee-based. — a comprehensive online directory of study abroad and international education. Includes college undergraduate semester, year-long and summer programs, intensive language and experiential programs plus high school and graduate study abroad. — from the folks at, where you can search a comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need.

Transitions Abroad — a fairly comprehensive international experience Website – a self-proclaimed Web portal for work (including internships and short-term work), study, travel, and living abroad. A great source of infomration and resources, including articles and resources. From the publishers of several acclaimed work-abroad books, and Transitions Abroad magazine.

Transworld Education — designed to help all students who are considering studying abroad, this site offers a searchable database of study abroad articles, information about various countries or regions of the world, and college and university programs. Free to users.