One question many students have while studying abroad is how to search for a job or an internship to take place upon their return to the U.S. We would recommend that students meet with their Career Consultants before going abroad and continue to connect over email while abroad. Career Consultants are excellent resources in all phases of the internship and job search processes.
If students are thinking about returning abroad in the future for internship and job opportunities we highly recommend they try to make contacts while they are abroad. Working abroad has many benefits (similar to study abroad) including gained confidence that comes with taking risks, international contacts in professional fields, foreign language skills, marketability, personal and intellectual growth, appreciation for different methods and contexts, and cross-cultural skills and understanding. The Career & Professional Development Center has additional information on its website with regard to international job searches.
The skills that students gain by studying abroad are highly marketable throughout the job search process. We encourage students to find ways to talk concretely about the intra-personal, inter-personal and professional skills they have learned while abroad. Students should work with their career consultants to add these skills and others to their résumés and interviews:
- Proven ability to adjust to new situations and environments
- Work well with people from different cultures and countries
- Willingness to learn new methods and strategies
- Adapt to different management styles
- Demonstrated perseverance in solving problems
- Foreign language skills