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Fall 2006 Vol. 50, Number 3

Working abroad: Finding international internships and entry-level jobs

All the world’s a workplace in planning your career. Here’s an indepth guide to locating, landing, and leaving for an internship or job abroad.

Australia. China. Kenya. France. Brazil. For many people, thinking about these distant lands conjures up images of speaking in foreign tongues, eating exotic foods, and listening to music that has a local flair. 

Increasingly, people seek international work to completely immerse themselves in the language and culture of their host country. The skills learned abroad can be used later on the job in the United States—and may give some workers an advantage over those who do not have international experience.

If you want to add an international work experience to your resume, it’s never too early to begin planning. This article describes some of the programs that help workers start careers in far-off places, including student internships and short-term work; U.S. Government work; teaching, agricultural, and au pair positions; and volunteer opportunities. The article also includes tips on navigating a foreign job search and preparing for and financing a trip abroad. A directory of programs is on pages 19-23.

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Last Updated: February 15, 2007