If you are interested in gaining international experience, there are many options available to you beyond studying abroad.
Use the categories and links below to help you start your search. Keep in mind that while this is a collection of great resources, it is by no means an exhaustive list. You can schedule an appointment with a PAO Advisor if you have questions about work, intern, or volunteer opportunities in a specific country.
If you are interested in working, interning or volunteering abroad, please check the PAO Google Calendar for upcoming events. Currently, we hold several information sessions throughout the academic year: JET Information Session (Fall Quarter), International Internships (Fall & Winter quarters) and Teach and Work Abroad (Spring Quarter).
You can teach English or get other paid jobs while abroad. In order to be eligible for paid work in a country where you are not a legal citizen, you will need special permission from that country’s government in the form of a work permit or a visa. For more information on obtaining work permits/visas, contact the country’s embassy at their location in the United States. A list of work permit programs that will help you facilitate getting a work visa in specific countries are listed below under Work Abroad.
WORK PERMIT PROGRAMS:
WORK PLACEMENT PROGRAMS:
Work placement programs place you in a job, usually procure work permits and sometimes assist with housing. Placement programs typically charge a fee for their services.
WORKING ABROAD RESOURCES:
TEACHING ABROAD PROGRAMS:
TEACHING ABROAD RESOURCES:
While abroad, you can participate in internships that may be unpaid, for academic credit, or for pay. Paid internships are not eligible for financial aid and are typically full time. Internships done for academic credit are usually unpaid and may be eligible for financial aid and/or scholarships.
TYPES OF INTERNSHIPS:
Academic: An academic internship may be full-time or part-time, is usually unpaid and is typically arranged through a program. May be eligible for financial aid.
Work: May be paid or unpaid and self-arranged or through a program. Not eligible for financial aid.
ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS:
Internships for academic credit offered in conjunction with study abroad. May be eligible for financial aid. For more options, please visit GoAbroad.com
May be paid or unpaid, self-arranged or through a program that offers placement. Typically full-time and not eligible for financial aid.
INTERNING ABROAD RESOURCES:
Volunteering abroad is one of the best ways to get international experience. It is flexible and can last anywhere from one or two weeks to several years. You can volunteer abroad during summer, winter or spring breaks, for a quarter, year or even anytime after you graduate.
VOLUNTEERING ABROAD RESOURCES:
Looking for a low-cost, short-term program, either for academic credit, or just for the experience of being abroad? There are many high quality programs run by departments other than the Programs Abroad Office.
National or international service and learning trips coordinated through the Center for Student Involvement.
Language programs from two days to five weeks in Ensenada or Guadalajara. Two to twelve weeks in Madrid. Courses for all language levels are available. Academic credit through UCSD Extension. Host family options are available in all programs.
A fully funded program of science and engineering research abroad in Australia, Taiwan, Japan, China, and Thailand.
Established in 2004 as a core activity of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. Students admitted to this program are trained to collect field data using standardized questionnaires (survey research) as well as unstructured interviews and participant-observation. They do in-depth reading and write papers on the region and the communities in which they will be conducting fieldwork.