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Student Work Abroad Programs

Short-Term Placement and Exchanges

"The bad news about working abroad is that you can’t just hop a plane to any country and start looking for a paid job. To work would be illegal without a permit, which you cannot acquire without a job offer, and—Catch 22—very few employers will offer you a job if you don’t already have a work permit. The good news is that a number of organizations can help you cut the red tape and acquire a legal work permit or place you in a job.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to experience total cultural immersion, or to simply earn your way through an adventure abroad, here’s a good place to start. The emphasis is on exchange, since your participation in most of these programs enables someone from abroad to have the equivalent experience in the U.S.

The two main work abroad program types are:

  1. Work Abroad exchanges, which enable students to get a work permit in advance, then look for a job on site with assistance from overseas offices.
  2. More commonly, overseas job placement programs offered by a number of private U.S.-based work exchange organizations."

—William Nolting,

Student Work Abroad Programs from InterExchange
InterExchange, a nonprofit organization with more than 50 years of cultural exchange experience, offers work and experiential learning programs for U.S. citizens around the world, including Au Pair, Teach English, Spanish Immersion 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.
Student Internships Abroad from InterExchange Dates: Year-Round, Placements last 1 week to 2 years, depending on the program
Cost: Varies
Contact: Interexchange Working Abroad, 100 Wall Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10005, USA.
Tel.: 212-924-0446; toll-free 1.800-597-3675.

AIESEC is a worldwide student-run organization which generates thousands of paid internships each year in nearly 110 countries. The internships range from those with a business or technical focus to teaching English. You can only apply through campus chapters.

American-Scandinavian Foundation
Offers placements in Finland for teachers of English as a foreign language. Teachers work in public schools, private institutes, or private firms. Time commitment is from 2 months to an academic year. Eligibility: native English-speaking U.S. university students or graduates age 21-30 who have completed at least their junior year in college. Housing is arranged but participants are responsible for rent. ASF also offers placements for engineering, business, and agriculture students throughout Scandinavia. ASF can also assist with work permits for those who have a job offer.


Camp Counselors USA, Outbound Program
Offers programs in Australia and New Zealand which are similar to those of BUNAC and CIEE. The Australian program requires student status while the New Zealand program does not. Placement in camp with full room and board and a symbolic stipend (not enough to cover program fee). Minimum requirements include experience with children, knowledge of the appropriate foreign language desirable but not always required, and teaching/coaching experience. Fee includes roundtrip airfare from New York, visa, travel insurance, orientations (not training) in New York, and support during the 4- or 8-week program.


Cultural Vistas
Offers a wide variety of prestigious internships, fellowships, work-study, and other programs in Germany. See website for details on each program.

Visit: Cultural Vistas

Offers paid internships in 80+ countries for students of engineering and science. Lowest fees of any placement program.


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