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Working Abroad

Securing a work permit is a challenge in planning to work abroad. Restrictions vary by country; check with the country's embassy in the U.S. for details on how to apply for a permit and how long it will take. One way to acquire a work permit is through programs such as BUNAC for work in Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, South Africa, and other countries; and the Council on International Exchange or CIEE for work in many countries including Chile, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Most programs require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and there are restrictions for new graduates. These programs also provide assistance with housing, job searches, and low-cost travel insurance.

Books in the Cornell Career Services Library in 103 Barnes Hall can help you in your international job search. Also, there are many online resources including and

At other locations on campus find international newspapers in Olin Library; information on international development in B75 Mann Library; and information on multinational and international firms in the Johnson Business School Library, Sage Hall, and through their databases accessed via our Resources page.

The following online resources should also help you in your research:

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  • A Broader View Volunteers

    Arranges volunteer experiences of weeks or months in duration in disadvantaged communities in many parts of the world. Costs vary by country and duration, and include room and board. Programs include health care, women's support, environment, teaching, community development, and others.

  • AIESEC Cornell

    The world's largest student organization provides 4,000 work abroad opportunities, and offers over 5,000 leadership positions to members each year.

  • American-Scandinavian Foundation

    Paid short-term and long-term training positions with private industry and technical universities in chemistry, computer science, forestry, horticulture and engineering are available in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

  • Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation

    Founded in 1994, the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation is a non-profit, non- governmental organization that is committed to the promotion and implementation of educational exchanges in China and abroad.

  • Asia Pacific Leadership Program

    Graduate-level nine-month certificate program (including a minimum 5-month residency at the East-West Center in Honolulu) that combines regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership skills. Recent graduates and enrolled graduate students as well as mid-career professionals are eligible. Deadlines vary. e-mail contacts:

  • Asian Cultural Council

    Individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia for study, research, travel and creative work in the U.S. Americans seeking aid to undertake activities in Asia are also eligible to apply. Funding from one month to one year available. Deadlines vary. Website for list of contacts:

  • Asian Development Bank: Fighting Poverty in Asia and the Pacific

    Project-oriented internship program for graduate students to gain experience with Asian Development Bank through research assignments. Internship assignments are offered three times per year.

  • Back Door Jobs

    International summer jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in conservation, outdoor education, teaching, resorts, and hospitality.

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Early October deadline for following spring. October and March deadlines for summer. March deadline for fall.


    Offers travel/working abroad programs for students as an alternative to tourism.

  • Career Edge

    This site helps Canadian students find internships in Canada.

  • Central European Teaching Program

    Teaching in state-run, Central European schools.

  • Contact Singapore

    Search for internships and jobs in Singapore in areas such as business, media, legal services, non-profits, academic research, engineering, and healthcare.

  • Cornell International Students & Scholars Office

    Special online resource list for Career Services from Cornell University International Students & Scholars Office.

  • Council on International Exchanges (CIEE)

    Nonprofit organization providing work and teaching opportunities abroad.

  • Cross Cultural Solutions

    Sends short-term volunteers abroad to provide humanitarian assistance in China, Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Peru, and Russia. Also in partnership with CARE.

  • Cross-Cultural Solutions

    Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit working to address critical global issues by providing meaningful volunteer service to communities abroad, and contributing responsibly to local economies.

  • Cruise Ship Jobs

    Job postings, lists of employers and salary information relating to many different types of cruise ship jobs.

  • Cultural Vistas Professional Fellowships

    Cultural Vistas offers several funded opportunities for Americans to advance their careers overseas in Europe, South America, and Asia.

  • CUSO International

    Arranges international voluntary service placements for Canadians and Americans in 40 countries working to reduce poverty and inequality. Most are 2 years in length. Their fee covers many services as well as a living allowance.

  • Dave's ESL Cafe

    The internet's meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world

  • Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships

    Funding to conduct public service projects anywhere in the world. E-mail:


    Volunteer with EGBOK to work with orphanages, vocational schools, and nonprofits in Cambodia to help underprivileged students gain access to employment opportunities.

  • EPFL Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

    Takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland. Open to undergraduates (freshmen, sophomors and juniors) in biology, physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, or computational sciences who are interested in careers in the life sciences. Each student is matched with a specific laboratory based on the student's interest and background and will work as a member of the research group for a period of eight weeks.

  • EPIK (English Program in Korea)

    A program of the Korean government that offers one-year teaching opportunities at public schools.

  • Find the Best

    Includes a ranking of employers mostly likely to hire international students with H1-B Visas. Information gathered from government agencies, data licenses, and primary research.

  • Forfar Field Station One-Year Internship (Bahamas)

    International Field Studies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization promoting science education and research since 1970. IFS provides students with the unique opportunity for hands-on, outdoor, environmental education. Offering trips that range in length from one week to one semester, subjects such as marine biology, botany, ornithology, geology, archaeology, oceanography, or ichthyology can be covered individually as areas of specialization or comprehensively in a broad overview of subtropical ecology.There are many topics to be explored in the social sciences as there is a rich culture and interesting history embodied in the people the island. Paid. Check website for details.

  • Foundation for Sustainable Development

    Internships and service trips in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uganda. Work is in community dev., environment, health, human rights, microenterprise, women's empowerment, and youth/education.

  • Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program

    A 9-week summer program in Indonesia for sophomores and juniors that "aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia." Internships and coursework will be arranged by IIEF in three cities: Bandung, Malang, and Yogyakarta.

  • French

    Idealist connects people, organizations, associations and resources to build a freer and more dignified world. This is the French

  • French Ministry of Education Assistantship Program

    Every year, the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy offer paid teaching assistantship positions in French elementary and secondary schools. Students need to secure own housing.

  • Fundación Paraguaya International Internship Program

    Located in Paraguay. Internships last at least two months and provide development experience in microfinance, economic education for children and youth, and organic agricultural high school education. Spanish required.

  • Global Edge

    Compilation of links to country-specific resources, statistical data, events/conferences, company directories; maintained by the Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

  • Global Health Corps Fellowship

    GHC "aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build a movement for health equity." The 13-month fellowships are available in Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, and the United States. Anyone committed to social justice and health equity is encouraged to apply. Several placements are available in each country; duties vary.

  • Global Volunteer Network

    Their vision is to connect volunteers with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. Length varies from a few weeks to a year. Reasonable fees that cover food and lodging.

  • Global Volunteers

    Offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects in 20 developing countries. Reasonable fees.

  • Go Abroad is committed to providing the most comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases. utilizes data driven programming to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information. In addition to some of the largest directories of their kind on the internet, provides extensive additional information within its dynamically constructed travel guides, currency converter, and embassy directories

  • GoinGlbbal

    A rich international resource including information on country career guides, job and internship postings, and H-1B information. Since this feature requires a subscription, you must log in with a Cornell IP address in order to use the account.

  • Hands for Nepal

    Offers voluntary service projects in education, health, community development, and environment. Length varies from weeks to months.

  • Help Exchange

    An online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, BandB, inns, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and lodging. Offers options in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Japan, Korea, the Carribean and Canada.

  • Human Rights Watch

    Internships in International Human Rights in New York, NY; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA

  • IAESTE International Internships

    Provides students in technical degrees (Science, Engineering, and the applied arts) with paid, course-related, trainee-ships abroad in private companies, research labs, universities, and other academic institutions.


    Internship and job listings with nonprofit organizations; nonprofit career advice, and Idealist-sponsored nonprofit career fairs.

  • IMA World Health

    Our mission is to advance health and healing to vulnerable and marginalized people the world over. IMA World Health, a specialist in providing essential healthcare services and medical supplies around the world, is a nonprofit, faith-based organization working to restore health, hope and dignity to those most in need. We work primarily in the developing world, where an estimated 30 to 70 percent of health care is provided by faith-based organizations. IMA is an international health organization that is widely recognized for its effective and careful use of resources.

  • Indicorps Fellowship

    One and two-year service fellowships for young professionals of Indian origin with grassroots service organizations in India. Nominal stipend to enable fellows to live simply and work in India for the duration of their fellowship. Indicorps or the local project partner organization covers basic room, board, and fellowship-related travel.

  • Infosys InStep Internship Program

    Undergraduate and graduate internships available in India year-round in areas ranging from application development to business consulting.

  • Institute for Experiental Learning

    Washington, DC, and embassy/diplomatic internships for college credit.International Internship links.

  • InterExchange Foundation

    Christianson Grant: Open to individuals who have sought out and arranged their own work abroad programs. First-year through grad level students are eligible. Proposed programs must be at least six months and involve either work, an internship or a volunteer abroad program.

  • International Chamber of Commerce

    Provides access to national committees and groups around the globe. These national bodies comprise leading companies and business associations in their countries.

  • International Cooperative Education

    Arranges summer & semester internships in a variety of countries hospitals, banks, computer science, engineering, marketing, recreation, and teaching. Most are paid. Open to students and recent graduates. Program fees.

  • International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)

    IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

  • International Experience Grants - Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR)

    International travel grants for ILR-related educational activities abroad for undergraduate and graduate students. Deadlines vary. Check website.

  • International Institute for Energy Conservation

    IIEC is devoted to sustainable energy and environmental solutions world-wide. This site lists their offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

  • International Journalists’ Network

    Fellowships, jobs, scholarships, grants, and contests: a resource for students interested in basic journalism, freelancing, media documentaries, and investigative reporting.

  • International Scholarship Search

    The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad.

  • International Schools Services

    For over 55 years, ISS has been dedicated to supplying international schools with everything they need to provide their students with a world-class education. Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, ISS offers only the best in staff recruitment, job placement, school supplies and other services that help position your school for success.

  • International Study and Travel Center

    Work abroad tips and info; maintained by the University of Minnesota.

  • Internships - USA

    The Internship Series provides full, up-to-date information on over 2,800 organizations offering internships and summer jobs for students. To access these listings use the following login information: Username: Cornell Password: GoBigRed

  • Internships International, LLC

    Non-paying internships in all fields.

  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

    Involves teaching or other activities with local residents throughout Japan. Contracts are for one year.

  • JobPilot

    Huge Database of international internships.

  • Jobs Abroad

    International internships and jobs, searchable by country and type of internship (e.g. engineering, teaching, history, art).

  • My Visa Jobs

    A database that provides information about which employers applied for H-1B visas in the previous year.You can search for employers by industry, career, city, and job title.

  • NanoJapan IREU

    International research experience for Freshman and Sophomore undergraduates with a strong interest in nanotechnology. Enroll in Rice University Summer School for at least 1 or 2 academic research credits in lieu of a program fee.

  • NGO Aid Map

    A database of hundreds of current international development projects taking place in dozens of countries around the world. Search by type of work, location, and name of organization.

  • OneWorld Jobs

    OneWorld brings you the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organizations working to create a better world.

  • Online Intelligence Project

    CNN, National Trade Board, World Bank, FedWorld, and more; part of the Online Intelligence Project.

  • Operation Crossroads Africa

    Sponsors seven-week cross-cultural exchanges and small-scale development projects in Africa each summer. All Crossroads projects are community-initiated, and participants will live and work with hosts who have designed the project. The participation fee of $3,800 covers international airfare, orientation costs, in-country transportation, materials, food, accommodations, all scheduled program expenses, visas, and international health insurance.

  • Overseas Jobs

    Overseas Job Express, regional info, career resources; maintained by Federal Aviation Admin., Denver.

  • Oxford Seminars

    Provides 100-hour TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification courses throughout the U.S. - 6 in NYS. Offers six months of job placement assistance.

  • Pasteur Foundation Summer Undergraduate Internships

    Provides U.S. rising seniors the opportunity to conduct summer biomedical and bioscience research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. Stipend, internship lasts ten weeks. Deadline in January.

  • Peace Brigades International

    An NGO that promotes nonviolence and protection of human rights. It sends volunteers to areas of conflict “providing protective accompaniment to human rights defenders threatened by political violence.” Projects are typically for one year and are in Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, and Nepal. All projects cover the costs of travel to country of work, accommodation, food, internal travel, insurance, repatriation and a stipend to cover additional costs.

  • Princeton in Asia Fellowship

    Most fellows are placed in one-year teaching positions throughout Asia, some are in workplace - business or media. A "livable" salary is always provided, as well as medical insurance for those who need it. Airfare not usually provided. Small program costs.

  • Projects Abroad

    Organizes volunteer placements (one month and more) overseas in fields including teaching, environment, medicine, journalism, sports, business, law, and human rights.

  • ProWorld Service Corps

    From a two week internship to a three month semester, every one of our participants contributes to sustainable development. Those development projects are at the core of what ProWorld does and without you, our participants, we couldn’t do it. Although you may see yourself as only one volunteer, as part of the greater whole of ProWorld, you are changing the world one community at a time.

  • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

    Prepares college juniors or rising seniors for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and grooms them for professional roles in public service. A prospective PPIA Fellow must have completed junior year by the start of Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and have at least one full semester or two quarters of course work remaining before graduation, must not have attained a Bachelor’s Degree prior to start of Junior Summer Institute, must be committed to completing a Master’s Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools.

  • Reach to Teach

    Offers English teaching jobs in Korea, Taiwan, and China. No certification required. No fees to teachers.

  • RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

    RISE matches undergraduate interns with doctoral students, who serve as their mentors, at Germany’s top universities and research institutions.

  • Safe Passage (Camino Seguro)

    Provides educational & emotional support to neglected or abused children. Main site near Antigua, Guatemala. Short & long term volunteering. No fees. Homestays for $70/week room & board.

  • Service Canada Job Bank

    A job posting site that lists positions in each of the provinces and territories and offers the option to post your "job profile" for employers to access. Also provides links to government careers.

  • Service Civil International

    A large international voluntary service organization founded in 1920. Organizes both short term work camps and 1-12 month voluntary service projects globally "with the belief that if people from different backgrounds and cultures can work together, peace can result." Low fees that normally cover food, housing and insurance.

  • Social Entrepreneur Corps

    Using a microconsignment model, provides internship and volunteer programs in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua, South Africa and other select countries. The experience involves classes, case studies, discussions, analysis, living with the local population, as well as through visits and active field work participation with local NGO’s and social entrepreneurs.

  • Society for International Development - Member List

    Provides access to members by country and city. Search under SID Network.

  • Spanish

    Idealist connects people, organizations, associations and resources to build a freer and more dignified world.

  • Summer Housing Options

    Provides information about and links to summer housing options around the USA, including options in NYC and Washington, DC. Also provides links to options in other countries.


    Summer jobs worldwide.

  • Teach for China Fellowship

    Teach For China takes a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity by enlisting the US and China’s most promising future leaders in the effort. In partnership with the global network Teach For All (, Teach For China recruits, selects, trains, and supports outstanding US and Chinese graduates to work side-by-side to deliver an excellent education in high poverty, rural Chinese communities. Teach For China’s Fellows are placed in full-time, two-year teaching commitments at under-resourced schools, where they meet the pressing need for exceptional educators.

  • Teach for India

    Teach For India, a project of Teach to Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.

  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)

    A global professional association for those who want to make a career of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Provides information on certificate programs, conferences, and more.

  • The AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service

    The mission of the program is “to accelerate social and economic change in India and create lasting connection between young American leaders and Indian NGOs.” Fellows serve with Indian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for ten months and work in the three pillar areas of AIF: Public Health, Education, and Livelihoods. Benefits = round trip ticket to India, insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend Early ap.

  • The American-Scandinavian Foundation

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings. The ASF is headquartered in New York City at Scandinavia House, a public forum presenting a wide range of exhibitions, films, concerts, lectures, symposia and family programs.

  • The Asia Foundation/Lankacorps

    LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of their heritage. Each year, The Asia Foundation selects an outstanding group of LankaCorps Fellows to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka, granting them the unique chance to "explore their roots while giving back."

  • The Electronic Embassy

    Index of foreign embassies in the US; international business and trade information; maintained by TeleWeb, Inc.

  • The International Jobs Center

    The International Jobs Center and International Career Employment Weekly are managed by the Carlyle Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation whose only business is to identify and describe international career positions with employers in all sectors of the job market, around the world.

  • Top Jobs in Asia

    Website of Executive Access, the largest independent executive search company in Asia, which conducts active searches in Hong Kong, China, India, and South East Asia for individuals with General Management, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, or Information Technology Experience.

  • Transitions Abroad Website

    Information on a wide range of international career topics including jobs, internships, travel, and teaching English.

  • True Travellers Society

    A Canadian based not-for-profit organization created by travelers, for travelers. "Dedicated to providing free information that will help independent travelers get the most out of their experiences abroad." "Truly travelling involves immersing oneself with the local people, activities, and environment." Lists volunteer options in community development, human rights, medical, teaching, and more.

  • U.S. Department of State

    U.S. Department of State Internships. Some student work in Washington, DC and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas.

  • Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellows

    Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about the complexities and realities of global health, and they learn about best practices in volunteerism, global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. Programs are available in Ghana, India, and Honduras. There are minimal costs for lodging and food. Global Impact Fellows can participate from seven days to multiple months, up to a full year or more.

  • United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development Internship

    IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It combats rural hunger and poverty in developing countries through low-interest loans and direct assistance. The internship program is for recent university graduates who specialize in fields of work relevant to IFAD’s mandate. Interns are selected for positions as and when needed by hiring managers at IFAD.

  • United Nations Volunteers

    Information for individuals wishing to become volunteer specialists or field workers in developing countries.

  • United Planet

    Provides short-term (1-12 weeks) and long-term (6-12 months) volunteer projects in >150 countries.

  • United States Institute of Peace

    Research centers and think tanks in international relations. Searchable by country.

  • University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching - CELTA

    Offers training courses in ESL teaching that leads to a certificate - one recognized throughout the world. Full-time = 4-5 weeks; part-time = a few months to a year. Locations in 130 countries, searchable on their website.

  • Visions in Action

    Visions in Action is an international development organization based in Washington, DC with field offices in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Liberia. VIA implements its own development programs in the areas of food security, education, international exchange, and HIV/AIDS, while also providing volunteer programs for those looking for a long-term international experience in developing countries.


    Lists international volunteer openings. Searchable by region of the world, country, type of work, and project duration.

  • Volunteers for Peace

    Offers placements in over 3000 volunteer projects in more than 100 countries. Specialty is 2-3 week placements but medium and long term option are available too. Fees vary by country (several hundred dollars) and cover food, accommodation and work materials.

  • WANGO Worldwide NGO Directory

    Access to NGOs in over 170 nations, searchable by country and region.

  • Work in France Program

    A nonprofit org offering short-term, paid position in France (service industry) and unpaid positions in French companies.

  • WorldTeach

    "A nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries." There is a fee that includes airfare, training, and support. Living allowance provided in year-long program, room and board for summer program.

  • WWOOF - World WIde Opportunities on Organic Farms

    WWOOF organizations link individuals wanting to volunteer on organic farms in different parts of the world with people who are looking for volunteer help. In return for help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.