Work Abroad Application Process

Working abroad is not a set, specific process for engineering students. Finding an internship outside the U.S. will take a lot of effort on your part. Below you will find some options that you can try:

Career Fairs On Campus

Search the companies coming to Fall Career Days, Spring Career Days, and Engineering Career Week. Look at which companies are able to hire for international locations, and do your research to be prepared to talk with employers at these events.

Job Postings on eCareer

Sometimes companies will post jobs on eCareer. You can search for positions in non-US locations and apply online.

Going Global

Going Global is an online resource that includes job postings world-wide and career information in countries around the world. [To access the site, go to Going Global, then click on the icon on the right side of the page]

Postings on Company Websites

Many companies have locations around the world, and you can search directly on company websites for available positions and apply directly to the company.

Research Connections Through Faculty

If you are working with a faculty member on research and that faculty member has collaborations at international universities, it may be possible to complete some of your research abroad.

Personal Networking

If you or someone in your family has connections at companies abroad, you may be able to arrange for an internship.

Combined Study-Work Programs

Some study abroad programs have the option of completing an internship at the same time as your classes, or staying after your semester abroad to complete an internship. One engineering example is Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Programs Offered Through Other Universities or Organizations

Some examples of research and internship abroad opportunities include RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) and RISE-pro in Germany, and NanoJapan in Japan. Please note that these programs are not run by Penn State.

Third Party Programs

Many third party programs will offer internships abroad, generally for a cost. None of these programs are approved by or supported by Penn State, so it is your responsibility to look into these programs. Ones that are more established include Cultural Vistas and IES.