International Career and Volunteer Opportunities
Many students return from their study abroad experience and want to know the best tips and strategies for transforming their experience into their life and work. Check out these helpful links from our campus and around the web:
Resources for U.S. Citizens and International Students
Though the Office for Education Abroad and CSB/SJU does not currently offer a specific portfolio of stand alone work or intern abroad programs, there are ways to independently seek these opportunities. You may consider consulting with your major or minor departments. Add an internship to the beginning or end of your study abroad experience.
Here are few internship placement organizations:
Remember that if you wish to earn academic credit for your internship experience, you must complete the necessary requirements through your department and the The Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement.
Relocating and Living Abroad
- Be sure to check out the Asian Studies Teaching in Asia program for great opportunities
- Worldteach is another possible placement organization for teaching worldwide
- Other great Teach Abroad resources can be found through University of Minnesota.
Volunteer, Teach, or Service Abroad
CSB/SJU offers great short-term volunteer and service programs abroad through Campus Ministry. For a listing of this year's programs consult the short-term website page under non-credit international programs. Many post graduate volunteer opportunities are also available through Career Services.
The Ideal Volunteer Organization...
-Is honest about expenses, activities, and challenges
-Provides potential volunteers with contact info of past participants
-Screens volunteers for maturity, skills, cultural sensitivity, mental & physical health
-Provides volunteers with fundraising ideas
-Is transparent about where your program fee goes
-Provides orientation materials and preparation suggestions
-Provides extensive on-site orientation & training, and has a 24 hour support network
External volunteer and service programs are also offered by a large number of organizations. Begin your search through the University of Minnesota's search engine.
Evaluating volunteer abroad programs: A set of good principles and practices for volunteer programs developed by the International Volunteer Programs Association
ServeYourWorld: Articles explaining how volunteer program fees are used
TransitionsAbroad: Explains benefits of volunteering with an organization and where fees go
Competitive fellowship programs
Competitive fellowship programs are a way to further your professional and academic careers. A wide range of programs can help you finance your undergraduate and/or graduate education, provide opportunities for networking and open doors to new worlds of possibility.
Although many students are initially attracted by the monetary value of some awards, the real significance of these programs is the way they can propel your career to new levels. By participating in a fellowship program, you have a chance to discern your interests and ambitions as well as to develop transferable skills that can help you succeed on the job market or when applying to professional or graduate schools.
There are programs for many different interests and many which offer international components. The key to success is to identify ways to match you ambitions, background and goals with the available programs at the right time. Visit the Competitive Fellowships and Awards Office to get started! The application deadlines are strict and oftentimes earlier than you would imagine. So begin today!