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.
|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|
|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|
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.
Careers Centre Links:
External Links for Internships:
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:
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:
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
Step 2: Find suitable jobs and internships!
The two most popular ways to find work experience in China are via networking and job sites.
Networking is now a vital skill in the job-hunting process. Talk to your family, friends and alumni to see how they can help.