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Short-Term Paid Student Work Abroad
Programs and Resources from Summer to Year Long

Key to Resources Compiled and Edited by William Nolting
must-have resources
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U.S. citizens need work permits to work legally in other countries. The officially-recognized student work exchange programs listed here may be able to help. See American-Scandinavian, AIPT / IAESTE, BUNAC, and CIEE.

See the Transitions Work Abroad book chapter 3) for help.

  American-Scandinavian Foundation: 212-879-9779, Web site lists both study and work programs. Nonprofit organization offers paid internships in Scandinavia in engineering, teaching English as a foreign language, business, and agricultural fields. Apply for internships by late Dec. Fee $50. ASF also assists with obtaining work permits for Scandinavia.
  BUNAC Work Abroad Programs, [for working in Australia (18-30), Canada (18-30), France (18-35), Ireland (18+), New Zealand (18-35), and volunteering in Cambodia (18+), Peru (18+), and South Africa (18+)]. Contact; Work and volunteer abroad organization provides a work permit and job-hunting assistance. U.S. college students and recent graduates (within 1 semester) eligible for internships in Britain. Also has programs for those who live in the UK or live in neither the UK nor the USA.
  Cultural Vista, Nonprofit organization provides paid internships in engineering and science. They can also assist in obtaining work permits for career-related practical training in most fields for both students and college graduates.
  French Cultural Services: Employment in France for Students. Online at Official information on study and work in France from the French government. Administers placement programs such as the Teaching Assistant and Internship in France.

InterExchange, a nonprofit organization with more than 40 years of cultural exchange experience, offers work and volunteer programs for U.S. citizens in 20 countries, including Au Pair, Teach English, Volunteer and Work & Travel programs through InterExchange Working Abroad.

For non-U.S. citizens, InterExchange offers several inbound cultural exchange programs, including sponsorship and support services for international interns and trainees hosted by U.S. businesses; au pair placements across the United States; U.S. summer camp jobs; and work and travel programs in the U.S. Visit our website for more information.

Contact: InterExchange, Inc., 100 Wall Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10005, USA. Tel. 212-924-0446. Email: Website:

  International Cooperative Education Program. Free information at Organization offers paid summer internships for students with knowledge of foreign languages (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese) in Europe, Asia, and South America. U.S. or Canadian citizens preferred. Apply by February.
  Internships International. Free information at Organization offers unpaid, not-for-credit internship placements in all fields for college graduates (or seniors who need an internship for graduation) in many countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America; plus Australia and New Zealand.
  LEAPNOW: Transforming Education. LEAPNOW offers group and individual programs bringing together academic credit, strong intentional focus on personal evolution, and a database of 6,000+ ways to travel, study, & work in 100+ countries for ages 17-24. Contact:,
Work Your Way Around the World
Work Your Way Around The World by Susan Griffith. The authoritative (and only) guide to looking for short-term jobs while abroad, by the Work Abroad editor for Transitions Abroad. Extensive country-by-country narratives include firsthand reports.

—Selected and reviewed by William Nolting, University of Michigan Overseas Opportunities Office and International Educational Editor for Transitions Abroad.

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