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Finding work experience worldwide

  • CareerConnect - search for internships
  • Work Shadowing Programme - this scheme offers the opportunity to workshadow alumni, friends and staff of the university at their place of work
  • GoinGlobal - sign-in to this specialist website that contains country-specific career-related information and resources.
  • Vault - sign-in to find comprehensive online resources including career guides, industry research and assessment tools, jobs and internships, and application/interview advice. Especially useful to those looking for opportunities in North America. Includes Vault Guide to Top Internships.
  • Prospects gap year and Prospects working abroad. Countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the USA.
  • JobOnline - search The Careers Group University of London job database

TARGETJobs.co.uk

Information about working abroad. Topics covered: Job market, applying for jobs, vacancy sources, getting work experience, visa information, and living in the country in question. Countries covered include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, and Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Korea, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and the USA.

Placement and internship organisations

AIESEC placements and internships, including management, technical, education and development, in over 90 countries
BUNAC work abroad, summer camp and volunteering opportunities
Global Choices organisation arranging casual and professional work abroad opportunities. Some opportunities are paid; however the organisation charges a fee for its services
Globalplacement.com placements and internships website, searchable by location and sector/profession
IAESTE arranges placement and internship exchanges for students of science, engineering, technology and IT in 80 countries
iHipo international jobs and internships, both paid and unpaid
InternJobs.com global database of internships for students, recent graduates and career changers
IST Plus arranges professional internships around the world, as well as teaching and volunteering
Saltire Foundation international internships for students studying at a Scottish university
Seasonworkers.com worldwide paid casual internships and placements
SummerJobs.co.uk summer jobs in the UK and abroad
SummerJobs.com summer jobs and seasonal positions worldwide

Gap year and volunteering organisations

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) specialises in gap year and summer volunteering projects/programs in the developing world
Anywork Anywhere work and travel resources and opportunities
SEED Madagascar Offers  a number of unique and challenging volunteer placements in Madagascar
Big Beyond voluntary placements in Africa
Camp America cultural exchange programme offering work experience in US summer camps
CCUSA programmes for work and travel overseas
Concordia overseas volunteering projects
Coral Cay Conservation volunteer and gap year marine conservation expeditions
Expedition Akumal An initiative to protect and restore the coral reefs of Akumal in Mexico
Frontier conservation, education and exploration opportunities
GapAdvice independent advice on gap years
gapwork.com gap year jobs and volunteering site
Global Choices offers a wide variety of international educational and cultural exchange programmes for students, young professionals and other participants from the UK and internationally.
Go Abroad opportunities abroad include study abroad, internships, volunteer opportunities, teach abroad, language schools and much more
i-to-i Teach English abroad
IST Plus Ltd cultural exchange programme where you can work, study, travel or teach in locations throughout the world
International Citizen Service (ICS) ICS is led by VSO in partnership with respected development organisations. For 18 to 25-year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities. The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) funds 90% of the ICS programme. The other 10% is funded by volunteer fundraising.
International Student Volunteers a non-profit organisation that offers students the chance to volunteer abroad in some amazing countries
International Voluntary Service offers low cost short and long-term volunteering opportunities in a range of topics eg teaching, healthcare, childcare, construction
Kareeve seasonal jobs throughout the world
One Heart Source volunteer and internship opportunities in Africa
Original Volunteers one of the UK's largest independent volunteering organisations
Outreach International volunteering overseas
Oyster Worldwide gap and responsible travel organisation
Projects Abroad volunteer projects for gap years
Quest Overseas volunteering projects in Africa and South America
Raleigh International youth development charity offering challenging gap year environmental and community projects overseas
Restless Development international voluntary placements
Travellers Worldwide a leading international provider of voluntary placements and work experience internships overseas
Trekforce Expeditions challenging expedition and gap year programmes
Universal Giving helps people give and volunteer with the top-performing projects worldwide
Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) range of working projects both in the United Kingdom and around the world
Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries
Working Abroad voluntary and professional work opportunities in over 150 countries worldwide

 

 

USA and Canada

It is crucial that you get challenging experience each summer to prepare you well for your job search. In your final two summers, as an undergraduate, you should be getting career-related experience.

Review our Career options links for good starting points in exploring career options.

Use the sections below as starting points in your search. Many resource pages you might find elsewhere have specific and relevant advice and information about North American-specific queries.

 Did you know...

The vast majority of internships are not formally listed. Look at whom you know, and how they can help get you the right information. Explore our Networking section for guides and resources.

Starting points/types of work experience

Internships are crucial for obtaining most entry-level jobs. Depending on the industry and company, many internships will be unpaid. If you need to earn money over the summer, you can talk to employers about a condensed work schedule so you have time to get another paying job as well.

Oftentimes, summer internships lead to a full-time job offer upon graduation. They are a great way to get a feel for the particular company and industry, but also to acclimatise to the working world. Many companies have special events within their internships, providing interns with networking opportunities within the company so they know all of the possible options available to them. These sorts of internships tend to be very competitive so you should begin looking into them over the summer before your 3rd year.

Internships can be just as helpful in showing you what you don’t want to do. Even if you decide you hate a particular field after your internship, you’ve still gained valuable work experience and strengthened your resume.

It’s important to remember, especially if you are in your first and second year, that internships are not the only work-related experience you can get.

Also remember, just because a company doesn’t list an internship or other opportunity doesn’t mean you can’t engage. Submit an email of inquiry and see if there are any opportunities (both formal and informal) for you to help, or to observe.

Work-Shadowing: Use resources (listed below) to find an alumni in an interested field (or ask us), or look through your and your family’s contact network to see if there is someone who would be willing to let you shadow them for a day at their place of work.

Construct your own opportunity by focusing on the skills: Identify the main skills you are hoping to get out of a particular work experience opportunity. Plan out how you could go about achieving those skills on your own, either through a project, or by volunteering for a local charity. Many skills which are crucial for internships  and graduate jobs can be achieved in ways aside from an industry-specific internship. Volunteering to set-up and manage social media accounts for a local non-profit, getting crucial admin experience at a charity, or helping your local coffee house with booking musical groups all give you valuable experience while also providing something you can put on your CV.

Resources and links

Careers Centre Links:

  • The Careers Centre subscribes to GoinGlobal, a specialist website which has good information on specific North American cities, labour market information and an internships and jobs search engine. (Access via subscriptions)
  • We also subscribe to Vault, a comprehensive online resource including career guides, industry research and assessment tools, jobs and internships, and application/interview advice. Especially useful to those looking for opportunities in North America. (Access via subscriptions)
  • Internships USA: A wealth of links and listed internships in the US (Access via subscriptions)
  • North American Careers Link: Internships
  • Careers A-Z has over 50 career areas with opportunities in the US – click on the industry you want and go to the US section for a specific list and links.

External Links for Internships:

Funding your internship/work experience

As many internships are unpaid, you might need to find ways to fund your summer. Here are a few tips on how to do that:

  • Secure an internship first. Many funding bodies require that you have an offer before you apply for funding.
  • Design a sample budget so you understand all of the expenses you’ll need to cover. Be sure to include housing, food, travel, supplies and other miscellaneous costs
  • Ask your internship supervisors if they can cover internship-related costs such as lunch and transportation. Find out what funding opportunities interns have used in the past
  • Talk to professors and other academics about subject-area funding that may be available
  • Contact local organizations such as the Rotary, Lions, or Kiwanis clubs. In your request, you should include a written overview of your internship and offer to do a presentation to provide them with more information
  • Find a part-time job to supplement your internship. You can begin your search on Craigslist
  • Rector’s Fund – contact the Rector’s Assessor for more information.

Finding housing for your internship

Summer Housing Options

Here are some tips on how to find affordable housing for your internships in the US:

  • Check local universities for discounted summer housing for students
  • Check city-specific housing websites, such as Craigslist, Trulia, PadmapperRoomi  and local newspapers for summer sublets
  • Ask your internship supervisor where past interns lived
  • Arrange to room with friends who are interning in the same city
  • Speak with family & friends who may have contacts in your internship location to see if they can recommend housing options

Useful Links

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Not a US or Canadian Citizen? Visa information

Please visit our Visa Information page here.

China - For Chinese students seeking work experience in China

Step 1: Know what you want to do

Looking through job sites can be ineffective and time-consuming. There are thousands of job vacancies all over job sites so it is nearly impossible to find a suitable match if you do not have a goal in mind. Therefore, before searching any job site, make sure you have the answer for this question in mind:

 

which area would I like to work in?

If you are unsure about which careers might be most suitable for you,there are questionnaires and tests designed to help you find out more about your job preferences.

We recommend you trying the following:

An even more detailed and complete report of the MBTI test results (Chinese version) can be found here in a free version

  • Prospects Planner is a UK based job exploration tool which aims to help you identify your skills, motivations and interests and then to match yourself to relevant job types.

Step 2: Find suitable jobs and internships!

Read Finding jobs in China FAQs.

The two most popular ways to find work experience in China are via networking and job sites.

Use networks

Networking is now a vital skill in the job-hunting process. Talk to your family, friends and alumni to see how they can help.

  • Use your contacts eg family, friends or friends of friends and ask them about their jobs. If they sound interesting, ask to work shadow them.
  • If you are unsure about how to network, use the Networking video and Networking page to brush up your technique and build your confidence.

Job sites for those who have studied abroad - high level of English competence expected

  • GradlinkChina is a specialist careers website designed for students and graduates from China who are studying at universities across the UK. 
  • Fesco. Provides vacancies mainly in Beijing. 
  • job.efesco.com. Provides vacancies mainly in Shanghai.