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Work Abroad

With the right planning, engineering students can study, conduct research or intern abroad for a summer or semester while completing their degree requirements.  Learn about a new place, meet new people, make new experiences that challenge you to think differently. Employers are looking for candidates that are adaptable to new circumstances and can work effectively in diverse groups.  While internships are available in countries like England, Australia, and Ireland, it can also be a great opportunity to go to a non-English speaking country.  Speaking a language other than English sets you apart from the majority of U.S. job candidates.

Diversity Abroad hosted a webinar on International Internships that outlines what it means to intern abroad and what you should consider.  You may view the full 50 minute video here.

Considerations

  • Looking for an opportunity to receive academic credit while living in another country? Visit the study abroad section of the International and Leadership Programs website to search for study abroad opportunities that include internships, research or volunteer components.
    • International Engineering Minor - An international internship will fulfill one of the requirements for the international minor—even if you are not taking any engineering classes abroad.
  • Are you a citizen of the country in which you would like to work? If not, obtaining work authorization can be time consuming and constly, and is not guaranteed.
  • If you plan to participate in an internship, research or volunteer program abroad that is not sponsored by the University of Maryland, please review the Health and Safety Information from the Office of International Affairs.

Costs and Funding

In the U.S., technical internships and co-op positions in industry are often paid, but outside the U.S., engineering students generally are not paid to work as interns. If you are not a citizen of your intended host country, you will also need to consider the cost and feasibility of obtaining a work permit. Program providers that help students find internships abroad usually charge significant fees for internship placement, assistance with housing and visa applications, and on-site assistance. It is worth applying for scholarships and fellowships. Start looking at opportunities 1-2 years before you want to pursue the study or research opportunity.

  • National Scholarships Office provides information and advising on prestigious scholarships and fellowships for research or graduate study in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Bright Futures Scholarship - funding for unpaid internships with non-profit organizations or government agency in the U.S. and abroad

Resources

  • Research in Germany - information on conducting and funding research in Germany
  • Huawei Seeds for the Future - fully-funded two week information and communications technology (ICT) program in China, administered by American Councils
  • Cultural Vistas Fellowship - Professional development program that includes 8-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, or India.
  • Going Global is a portal that provides information on thousands of international internships and employment opportunities. It also provides several country-specific profiles so you can learn about job search tips, work culture, resume and interview advice, and much more.
    • Sign into Going Global through Careers4Terps (C4T) with your directory ID and password. Once logged in to C4T, click on the GoinGlobal link on the Jump To menu on the right of the page.
    • Additional resources can also be found on the Job Boards page.
  • Uniworld Online - portal that allows you to search for companies with headquarters and subsidiaries around the world.
  • Peace Corps - If you'd like to consider volunteering after you graduate, contact the campus Peace Corps recruiter.

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