Interning and Working Abroad
Short-term Paid Opportunities
A short-term overseas job, lasting anywhere from a few weeks to about six months, is an economic way to experience another culture while you earn your way through an adventure abroad. The typical job you can expect to obtain varies from working in a restaurant/hotel, an office, a shop, as an au pair or working outdoors. Keep in mind that although the job may not necessarily relate to your long-term career goals you will develop effective transferable job skills.
An international internship can provide you with training related to your college major and career goals. Internships are available in practically every country in the world for most industries, although these opportunities are very competitive. The benefits include being immersed in an international atmosphere, gaining a competitive advantage in the international job market, and having the opportunity to learn valuable and transferable job skills.
Volunteering abroad is a very attractive and viable option for many students. It is particularly good for acquiring experience with humanitarian or service-oriented organizations and scientific expeditions. Overseas volunteer positions may be short-term, lasting anywhere from two weeks to six months, or long-term, lasting one or two years. The opportunities you seek will depend on the country of your choice, your available resources (time, money, etc.) and your flexibility.
Permission to Work
You are required to have, in your possession, a work permit in order to be legally employed in the country of your choice. When going through a formal program to find a position, they will assist you in the process of obtaining these papers. However, when finding something on your own, you will need to do the research to determine what the guidelines are for the country in which you are planning to work.
The work permit will be the primary document you will need to work overseas, however, you will also need to consider other things, such as, your ability to conduct business in the country's primary language, obtaining or renewing your current passport, securing the visa, health insurance, money and finding a place to live when you get there. As you research the programs that may be appropriate for you, explore with them whether or not they cover some of the expenses for the aforementioned. Some programs may include the costs for insurance, securing the visa and housing in their fees. In most cases, you will be responsible for airfare and survival funds (recommended $800 to $1000).