Carnegie Mellon University

Work, Volunteer & Fellowships Abroad

Once students return from an experience studying, working or doing research abroad, they often look for opportunities to return overseas. There are many opportunities for recent graduates to go abroad again to work and study. Graduates can seek out fellowships and scholarships that focus on an international experience, volunteer opportunities, and short-term employment abroad. It is a good idea to start exploring these options during junior year because many of the applications are due senior year. Students seeking longer term work abroad or seeking to move permanently overseas must conduct a comprehensive job search. Often is it easier for U.S. citizens to find employment with a U.S. company that has branches abroad. 

Featured Opportunities


Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

CMU's Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholar Development can provide support and mentorship for the Fulbright application process. 

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Peace Corps

The Peace Corps offers a 2-year volunteer opportunity in development in many different countries around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

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The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

JET participants to come to Japan for one year and work at either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) who provide language instruction in elementary, junior and senior high schools, Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) who work in communities on international exchange activities, or Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) who promote international exchange through sports. 

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Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC)

Carnegie Mellon's Career & Professional Development center hosts resources for international job searches and can provide help with interviews, resume creation, and more. 

Fellowships & Scholarships Office (FSO)

The Fellowships and Scholarships Office (FSO) promotes awareness of external scholarship and fellowship opportunities, advising, writing support, overall management of the process, and interview preparation, and offers advising on many prestigious scholarships that aim to send post-graduates abroad.


BUNAC is a resource for those seeking work permits abroad.