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The following guide will answer most of your Work Abroad questions. If you don't find what you're looking for here, email us and we'll do our best to find the answer.

How do I get a work visa?

Getting an overseas work visa can be tough. Several companies make the process less painful by arranging a fixed-period work visa for you in exchange for a program fee. Most of these visas are for the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, though some opportunities exist in Latin America and Asia. Links to the major companies are listed below.

Do I need a resume?

As with any job, you are going to need a solid resume. When applying for jobs overseas, you may want to consider simplifying your resume to make it more straightforward. When your interviewer's first language isn't English, clarity is important.

What should I wear?

A suit, or at least a nice shirt and pair of slacks is a great way to make a good first impression. You might not be able to communicate your skills as well as you'd like, so appearance is important.

Do I need my Degree?

Having a college degree is important, so bring a copy of your diploma. Apparently, degree fraud can be a problem in certain countries, so make sure you have contact information for your university in case they want to check up on your graduation status.

How much will it cost to get started?

It's a good idea to have enough money to survive for a few months before you go. This way you will be able to take your time to meet locals and other expats and find the best job available.

What types of jobs are available?

Just because you speak English, doesn't mean you have to teach English for a living. There are plenty of opportunities available to educated foreigners, so keep your eyes open. Check out our list of job options here: (

What's the best way to get a job?

You can't expect to land a job by sitting in a hotel room, emailing out resumes. You have to go to office buildings, ask around, and talk to people. It might be tough, but you'll meet people to point you in the right direction, and make contacts along the way.

Can I work for the Government?

Working for the government may be your best bet to a long-lasting career overseas. Over 50,000 U.S. Citizens work abroad with the government, most working as foreign service officers in one of 230 U.S. embassies worldwide. Check the following listings for more information.

Federal Government

The Department of State offers paid and unpaid opportunities for one semester or quarter during the year. Most positions available in Washington DC with overseas opportunities. For details go to or send inquiries to:

Intern Coordinator Recruitment Division
Department of State
Box 12209
Rosslyn Station
Arlington, VA 22209

The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is always recruiting US Citizens over the age of 18 for volunteer programs including education, healthcare, agriculture, among others. For more information call (800) 424-8580 or go to

The U.S. Information Agency

The US Information Agency offers a few paid internships each summer. For details go to or send inquiries to:

Employment Branch U.S. Information Agency
301 Fourth Street, SW
Washington,DC 20547

The Agency for International Development

The Agency for International Development recruits students in areas of public health, accounting, finance, agriculture, and international relations. For details go to or send a transcript of grades, a Standard Form 171 (Personal Qualifications Statement) and a letter of endorsement from your school to:

Student Program Coordinator Office of Personnel Management
Agency for International Development
2401 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20523

The Agency for International Development

The Agency for International Development offers 30 intern positions a year that can lead to full-time positions. For details go to or send inquries to:

International Development Intern Program
Recruitment Staff, FSP/RSS
Agency for International Development
Washingnton, DC 20523

The Central Intelligence Agency The Central Intelligence Agency offers limited opportunities overseas. For details go to or send inquiries to:

Director of Personnel
Washington, DC 20505

The Inter-American Foundation

The Inter-American Foundation is an independent government corporation that supports social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Inter-American Foundation
901 N. Stuart St.
Arlington, VA 22203

International Trade Administration

Within the agency, employees are hired into one of four departments; International Economic Policy,Trade Development, Trade Administration, Foreign Commercial Services Travel Services, U.S.

Department of Commerce
14th Street and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington,DC 20230

United Nations

United Nations is another solid option for working abroad. The UN has 600 stations nationwide, yet only 10% of UN workers are from the U.S.

Summer Internship Program
Division of Personnel
United Nations Development Program
One U.N. Plaza NY NY 10017

UN Development Program

Eight to ten weeks on-the-job training for enrolled graduate students fluent in two of United Nations' official languages. For details go to or send inquiries to:

UNDP Summer Internship Program
U.N. Secretariat
United Nations
One U.N. Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Young Professional Programs

Junior professional posts are given for assignments of four to eight months.

World Bank
1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433

Useful Websites:

Useful work abroad books:

International Jobs Directory: 1001 Employers and Great Tips for Success!
by Drs. Ron & Caryl Krannich
This guide offers contact information for international jobs, including the Federal Government, international organizations, associations, research institutes, businesses, contracting and consulting firms, non-profit organizations, foundations and universities. The book also has a lengthy list of useful web addresses.
ISBN 157023082X

Jobs for People Who Love to Travel
by Drs. Ron & Caryl Krannich
This is a well designed and thoroughly researched book. It begins with a whole chapter dedicated to dispelling the myths of working abroad, offers quizzes to test your motivations and knowledge in working abroad, and then covers the different areas in working abroad: travel and hospitality, government, international education, teaching, business and volunteer organizations.

Living and Working in Series
Informative and practical, each book provides information on finding jobs in Australia, Britain, France, Spain and Switzerland. Each book includes chapters of finding a job, permits, visas, and accommodations.
$21.95 each

International Jobs
by Erich Kocher
A well researched guide to planning and acquiring a job overseas. Many directories on different types of jobs, agencies and contacts.

Culture Shock
Popular travel book dedicated to better understanding and coping with another culture. There are terrific resources for anyone traveling or living abroad.
$12.95 each

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