Non-Academic Opportunities

Working, interning, volunteering or teaching can provide an alternative to study abroad or complement your study abroad experience.

If you intend to work following study abroad, it is crucial to determine the visa regulations of your host country at the outset since a student visa might not permit you to work.

There are many organizations offering work, internship and volunteer opportunities abroad.

  • Transitions Abroad, an on-line and paper publication, is a good clearinghouse for work, teaching, and volunteer opportunities abroad.
  • The University of Michigan International Center, the Center for Global Education, and UC Irvine provide good advice on working, teaching, and volunteering abroad as well as listings of opportunities.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions offers 1-12 week community development programs around the world.
  • Cultural Vistas offers internships opportunities around the world.
  • Intrax offers both summer volunteer programs in the developing world and and summer business internships..
  • Arcadia University’s Center for Global Studies offers legislative internship opportunities (not for Bates credit) in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • CIEE offers teaching opportunities for recent graduates in  a number of countries, including Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand.
  • API offers a wide variety of work and volunteer opportunities around the world.

For region and country specific opportunities, the following sites might be useful: