Find a Position Abroad
How Do I Find a Position Abroad?
There are several types of experiences available abroad, including full-time, volunteer, research, fellowship, internship, and teaching opportunities. It is extremely helpful to be open-minded to the types of opportunities available as well as the various aspects of the experience including location, duration and cost. See below for recommendations on how to locate an international position.
We strongly encourage you to review and visit any international offices, centers, institutes or departments at Columbia University which may provide various internship, research, fellowships and volunteer opportunities abroad. An example program which is offered through the Center for Career Education is the CEO Program, which provides international internship opportunities in various cities around the world. For a listing of additional international offices on campus, please click here.
Check out LionSHARE, Columbia University’s Center for Career Education database which has global opportunities for students of various majors, academic levels and citizenships that are posted throughout the year. Review the database regularly (and also set up a job agent) to make sure that you are aware of available opportunities. Example positions that have been posted on LionSHARE in the past include: IBM (Various Regions), Samsung Electronics (South Korea), ITRI (Taiwan) and Infosys (India).
Faculty members may be an excellent resource for you, as they may be connected to others who are abroad. Discuss your international interests with faculty to see if they are able to assist you in your international endeavors.
Attend Columbia University’s career fair and ask recruiters if they are interested in hosting international interns or volunteers.
Make your family and friends aware of your interests in going abroad for an internship, volunteer or work experience. This network may be able to connect you with others who are interested in hiring you abroad.
Apply on company websites directly in order to find positions abroad.
Use a fee-based international organization to receive a customizable experience abroad.
Connect with the Columbia University International Alumni Clubs or the Columbia Global Center in the region in which you would like to work, intern, or volunteer. Inquire professionally about whether or not the club members have interest in hosting you in the workplace.
Join a Columbia University student organization on campus which has an international focus, such as Columbia Students for International Service, Amnesty International or Engineers Without Borders to expand your global network and to see if there are international opportunities available through the student organization
If you are interested in a "gap year," check out the CCE webpage that provides more information on considerations and program options for students.
Inquire with the governmental offices or organizations (i.e. embassy, chamber of commerce, travel & tourism office etc.) that are affiliated with that region of the world. Sometimes these offices have formalized programs for internships or full-time opportunities to further internationalize the respective country.
It never hurts to use a search engine (Google, Yahoo!, etc.) with an employer or organization name and "internship" or "full-time" should also be considered, as positions may be marketed in various ways on the internet.
Additional Information & Support
To see examples of how Columbia students have obtained international experiences in the past, review this Storify from International October. Should you secure an international experience for the summer, please note that you can apply to take part in the Columbia University Global Opportunities (CU GO) Program, which will provide additional professional development and support while you are overseas.
Comments or Questions?
If you’re interested in making an appointment with a counselor to discuss your questions about international experiences, please contact the Center for Career Education at 212-854-5609