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International Careers

Key to Resources Compiled and Edited by William Nolting
must-have resources
of broad interest
specialized interest
Web Editor's Note: See many more international career websites and extensive featured articles in our International Careers section.

American Foreign Service Association; Various publications available, printed, and online, which offer in-depth, firsthand descriptions of what U.S. diplomats do.
Careers in International Law edited by Mark W. Janis and Salli A. Schwartz. 2001. 205 pp. $64.95 ($34.95 for students) from American Bar Association, ABA Publication Orders, P.O. Box 10892, Chicago, IL 60611; 800-285-2221; Essays on how to plan for a career in international law by lawyers in the field. Web site lists ABA-approved study abroad programs.
  The Electronic Embassy, Links to the websites of all foreign embassies in the U.S. These official sites have invaluable information on everything from visas (for tourism, business, work, and study) to education and culture.

Global Health Directory: U.S. Based Agencies Working in International Health. Global Health Council: 202-833-5900, Directory is available free online. Lists organizations in international health fields by specialty and location. Includes a listing of those organizations that offer volunteer opportunities abroad. Also published by GHC is Finding Work in Global Health by Garth Osborn and Patrician Ohmans, 2005, available for $19.50 (less for members). A practical guide on how to prepare for a career in international health. GHC additionally offers a Career Network and job bulletin free online.

Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors by Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert. 2001. 260 pp. VGM Career Horizons. $14.95. Covers careers in all sectors that use foreign languages either directly or as an auxiliary skill. Also discusses career strategies.
Health Professionals Abroad by Tim Ryder & Ian Collier. 2000. 256 pp. Available for $17.95 from Vacation Work or Provides an overview (from a British perspective) of working abroad in all areas of healthcare, from volunteer to career. Professions include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and others.
How to Get a Job in Europe: The Insider’s Guide by Cheryl Matherly and Robert Sanborn. 5th ed. 2003. 494pp. $22.95 plus $3 shipping from Planning Communications, Names and addresses of over 2,000 companies in 39 countries, suggestions on how to conduct an international job hunt, and listings of work abroad programs. Improved over previous editions; this is now the most helpful book for U.S. citizens interested in working in Europe. Action Without Borders, Web site’s database serves as a clearinghouse for over 55,000 nonprofit organizations worldwide. Outstanding search provisions. Includes listings for internships, volunteering, and jobs, as well as resources for people who work for nonprofits. Organization also sponsors nonprofit career fairs.

InterAction Member Profiles Available free online at Information on 180 U.S. nongovernmental organizations in relief and development work. Details which agencies are doing what in which countries.

  Kennedy’s International Directory of Executive Recruiters. 2004. $229. from Kennedy Information 800-531-0007, 603-585-6544, fax 603-585-9555;, Identify recruiters around the globe with this comprehensive source profiling 2,515 firms in 80 countries. For those with considerable professional experience only.
Live and Work in …(series). Vacation Work (U.K.), available from Globe Pequot, Titles in this British series are available for most West European countries as well as Australia/New Zealand; China; Japan; Saudi & the Gulf.
People with Disabilities by Michelle Scheib. 2005. 80 pages. Available as a free download from Mobility International USA, MIUSA, P.O. Box 10767, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-343-1284, fax 541-343-6812;
U.S. Department of State. Application for the Foreign Service Officer Exam. This is the primary way to apply for a career position in U.S. diplomacy (U.S. citizens only). Register online for the free exam at To prepare, order Study Guide online.
U.S. Department of State’s Travel Resources, Essential official information for all travelers, on everything from country-by-country health and safety assessments to passports for U.S. citizens and visas for visitors to the U.S. Go to for links to every U.S. embassy and consulate worldwide.
Work Abroad
Work Abroad: the Complete Guide to Finding a Job Overseas edited by Clay Hubbs with Susan Griffith and William Nolting. 2002. 192 pp. from Transitions Abroad Publishing. Comprehensive book with informative articles and hundreds of contacts and websites essential for success in the international workplace. Includes chapters on international careers, internships, volunteering and short-term jobs abroad, and teaching abroad. Order here.

William Nolting worked for many years at the University of Michigan Overseas Opportunities Office and was the International Educational and former Work Abroad editor for Transitions Abroad Magazine.

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