Work and Internship Opportunities

Teaching English Abroad: Korea or China

Funding for Graduate Study or International Research

The list below can help students find an international work, study, or research opportunity. This list is by no means exhaustive; be sure to research other opportunities on your own specific to your individual skills and interests. Deadlines, when given, are approximate so be sure to check each program's website for the most up-to-date information.

Work and Internship Opportunities

Many opportunities exist for students to work or intern abroad during summers while a student or, more often, after graduation. Some positions are paid, some are unpaid, and others require students to pay a participation fee. Carefully research any opportunity before applying. Deadlines can be as much as one year in advance, so plan ahead!

Association for International Practical Training (AIPT):Summer internship placements for current students enrolled in technical fields such as engineering, computer science, architecture, natural and physical sciences, or agricultural sciences. If you have found your own internship, AIPT can provide a work visa.

BUNAC: Work/travel programs to Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Volunteer programs in South Africa and Peru.

CDS International: Offers several different internship and work placement opportunities for current students and recent graduates. There are programs in Germany, Russia, Argentina, and Spain.

DAAD: The German Academic Exchange Service offers several different scholarship, internship, and work programs in Germany. Deadlines early as October 31.

Foreign Service Officer: Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) help formulate and implement the foreign policy of the United States. An essential part of the frontline personnel at all U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions, they will be found at nearly 265 locations worldwide as well as in Washington, D.C.

JobsAbroad: Database of international job opportunities.

International Business Internship Exchange (IBIE): Eight-week summer internships available in China, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Mexico, and the UK. Application deadline usually in mid-January.

Peace Corps: Peace Corps Volunteers work in countries around the world in the following areas: education, youth outreach, and community development; health and HIV/AIDS; agriculture and environment; business development; and information technology. Within these areas, the specific duties and responsibilities of each Volunteer can vary widely.

Transatlantic Program: Two to six month paid internship in Germany in various fields. Preference give to students with German language knowledge but no major experience living or studying in Germany. Deadline early November.

Transitions Abroad: Links to several work abroad resources.

University of Michigan's Work Abroad Overview: Provides a comprehensive overview of student work abroad options.

University of Minnesota External Scholarship Search Engine

US-China Education and Culture Exchange Offers summer, semester, and year long opportunities to teach English in China.

Working Abroad: Au pair, internship, and work/travel programs available in various countries.

Teaching English Abroad
The links below are provided as a starting point for people interested in teaching abroad. We do not endorse any particular program and participants are responsible for carefully researching all aspects of any teach abroad opportunity.

UMSL's College of Education Programs allow Teacher Education Program students to gain teaching experience overseas through these programs:

Student Teaching in Fuxin, China Program (College of Education)
Student Teaching in Seoul, Korea Program (College of Education)
Teaching at Huazhong Normal University, Post-Graduate Program (College of Education)

Dave's ESL Cafe Job listings and advice for teaching abroad.

Centro de Voluntarios Teach English in Chile. Program through the Chilean Ministry of Education.

CIEE Teach Abroad Semester or year long placements as a language and culture assistant teaching English in schools in Chile, China, Spain, and Thailand.

English Teaching Assistant in France: The French Ministry of Education is offering 1,500 teaching assistantship positions in French primary and secondary schools to American citizens under 30 years of age, graduates or undergraduates, majoring or minoring in French. Monthly stipend is provided. Rolling deadlines beginning approximately: December 15.

Footprints Recruiting: Paid English teaching positions all over the world. Placements for people with no experience and for those with certification and/or experience.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship: U.S. Student Teaching Assistantships in English are offered in many countries worldwide. Each ETA Program is designed by the host country and individual elements may vary by country. Opportunities are available in over 20 countries, with most placements being in Germany or Korea. Campus deadline for all Fulbright applications is mid-September, about a month before the national deadline. Read this information sheet and contact Bob Baumann in International Studies and Programs as soon as you consider applying. The Fulbright supports English Teaching Assistantships in some countries.

Hess Educational Organization Teach English in Taiwan.

INTERAC: Organization that hires assistant English language teachers in Japan.

Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET):Opportunity to work in local Japanese government or teach English in Japan. Approximate deadline: November.

Spanish Ministry of Education Language and Culture Assistant in Spain for North Americans to be an English teaching assistant.

TeachAbroad: Postings for teach abroad opportunities. Positions may or may not require certification.

Teach Away: Offers a wide variety of international teaching jobs at Ministries of Education and private schools around the globe.

Teaching Abroad without Certification University of Michigan website with extensive information on teaching abroad and links to various programs around the world. Learn more about TEFL, the job market, and search for teaching jobs.

Thailand TEFL Teaching opportunities in Thailand

Think Outside Recruiting English teacher placement service in Korea.

Funding for Graduate Study or International Research

Research all funding opportunties early; deadlines can be up to two years in advance! Be sure to check each website for actual deadlines and awards.

American Councils Southeast Europe Research & Language Programs (scroll down to "Graduate Student/Researchers"): provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct research for three months to nine months in Belarus, Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova. Approximate deadlines: Fall and academic year programs- January 15; Spring and summer programs - October 1.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation: offers fellowships (up to $18,000) and grants (normally $3,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields. Approximate deadline: November 1.

Blakemore Foundation: These grants fund a short term or year of advanced Asian language study at approved centers in Asia. Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are available to American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and who plan to use an Asian language in their career. Approximate deadline: December 30.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers: Open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country. Awards up to $9,000. Approximate deadline: January 10.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Established in 1497 to cooperate with the U.S. government in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program.

DAAD: The German Academic Exchange Service offers several different scholarship, internship, and work programs in Germany for graduate students. Deadlines early as October 31.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships: The National Security Education Program (NSEP) enable US graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language study or to add an important international dimension to their education. Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to US national security but are less frequently studied by US graduate students, ie, areas of the world other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Approximate deadline: January 15.

Fulbright Program for US Students: Over 1100 grants are available to cover nearly any type of study all over the world. Most grants provide for round-trip travel, living stipend, health and accident insurance, and full or partial tuition.Campus deadline for all Fulbright applications is October 6, 2008 for placements during 2009-2010. Read this information sheet and contact Bob Baumann in the Center for International Studies as soon as you consider applying.

Marshall Scholarship: Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years. Approximate deadline: October 1.

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students (EAPSI): Provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan, an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location, and orientation to the culture and language. Approximate deadline: December 10.

Rhodes Scholar: Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of graduate study at the University of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships: Students must submit application through local Rotary club. Deadline is determined by local club and is usually March 2008 for study in 2009-2010 academic year.

University of Minnesota External Scholarship Search Engine: Search by type of study, field, region, keywords, etc.